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March 28, 2008

Feeling a Little Obummed

My latest at Pajamas Media:

So the idol of so many seems to have shown that he has feet of clay after all. But then, all politicians do. After all, they are mere humans not messiahs and have the same foibles and failings as the rest of us. The main difference is that theirs are played out on a national stage. So whats different about Obamas sudden dive into mortality?

Read it all here.

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Fitna the Movie -- English Version Now Online

The movie that the world has been waiting for...some more eagerly than others...is available for online viewing. It went online in the Netherlands on Wednesday. An English version is now available, and Jihad Watch has it...click here.

For more background on the film's release, check out this piece on Pajamas Media today.

I have not seen it yet, and plan to watch it tonight. However, judging by the comments left on the Jihad Watch post linked above, it's a compelling piece that accomplishes much in just 15 minutes. Geert Wilders is being criticized by his countrymen for shaking the beehive, but if he and the few other brave souls who speak out against Islamofascism don't, who will?

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March 21, 2008

Connecticut Legislature to Exonerate 16th Century Witches

From the "I can't believe my tax dollars are paying for this" department:

Eleven Connecticut witches executed in the 17th century would finally be exonerated under legislation pending in the Judiciary Committee.

While records are incomplete, an estimated nine women and two men were hanged after being convicted of witchcraft between 1647 and 1663, in an age of superstition and religious intolerance.

The pending resolution would not pardon the executed colonists for the imagined crimes of 350 years ago, but would express the state's shock and distress at the state's witch trials. Committee leaders said Thursday they're likely to approve a resolution on Monday, the day of its legislative deadline.

Well, no wonder nothing ever gets done in this state...the shock and distress has been paralyzing the legislature for going on 400 years. I'm so relieved that something will finally be done about it!

Apparently some modern-day Connecticut residents will no longer have to hide their heads every time they walk down the street because their ancestors were executed for witchcraft. 14-year-old Addie Avery, whose grandmother (nine times removed) was hanged for dancing round a fire with a bottle of sack (imported Spanish white wine), will apparently no longer be a laughingstock at her school in New Preston. And Laurie B. Cayer of Mansfield can now go to the grocery store without people whispering and pointing because her ancestor, Lydia Gilbert, was convicted of being supernaturally involved in a militia accident that caused another man's death.

And I didn't realize this, but apparently the fact that Connecticut has waited this long to deal with the issue is "a huge black mark on the state of Connecticut." That's according to Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. He added that, "The state should apologize and, if nothing else, exonerate them." Apparently he received his perosnal epiphany when he ran into a couple of wiccans while out walking his dog and they reminded him of this distressing state of affairs.

The outcome of Kelo vs. New London and having one of the biggest wastes of space in the US Senate are not reason for Connecticut to take pause, but having hanged nine people in the name of witchcraft 350 years ago -- when nearly everyone in the Western world at the time believed in the evil of witchcraft -- is a enough to place a "big black mark" on the state's nationwide reputation.

When's the next election?

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Posted by Pam Meister at 07:58 AM | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0) | Connecticut Issues

March 16, 2008

NPR = National Progressive Radio

My latest is posted at Pajamas Media:

The problem with many liberals is that while they say they espouse tolerance, love for your fellow man, and discussing problems instead of resorting to fisticuffs, when theyre actually expected to walk the walk, things get ugly. To them, just listening to conservative ideas is akin to Dracula finding out about a nationwide tainted blood supply. Its painful when liberals realize that not everyone thinks the way that they do: that there are unenlightened souls out there who dont recycle, who go to church once in a while, who respect our military, and who dont think that the sun shines out of Barack Obamas nether regions. So, being the enlightened, progressive types that they are, instead of listening respectfully to what the other side has to say and possibly learning something new they stick their fingers in their ears, chant I cant hear you, and complain to the person in charge about how awful the experience was.

Read the rest here.

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March 13, 2008

What I Did on my Vacation: Nothing -- By Nancy Pelosi

My latest at Family Security Matters today:

Back when she was installed as the first woman Speaker, Nancy Pelosi could do no wrong. Just over a year later, buyers remorse seems to be setting in. Specific criticism of Madame Speaker seems muted, however, perhaps because one wouldnt want to sound sexist by talking smack about the first female House Speaker in American history. Such an image must be constantly buffed to keep that nasty tarnish away.

But thats okay; since Im also a woman, Im not going to worry about being labeled as a sexist. Just think of me as one of the gals at the kaffee klatsch, not some mean ol guy who wants to beat up on a woman in charge.

Read it all here.

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March 12, 2008

Sheer Insanity: The Burka as Haute Couture

This slideshow over at ABC.com is absolutely one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen: the burka as a fashion statement.

Look at the rich colors and fun fabrics...and be sure not to miss the head-to-toe covering of sinful flesh and the mesh opening for the eyes that gives a woman a clouded view of the world. Which, of course, makes sense for someone who would choose to wear such a garment of her own free will.

The idjits who designed these, the models who wore them, and the photographers who captured them in all their Kodachrome glory have probably never been subjected to the Shari'a law that forces women into this sack. But it's multicultural, doncha know? And multiculturalism has taken the place of common sense in too many places today.

Maybe I will order one...the one in camo. It never hurts to be prepared.

UPDATE: Apparently this was a joke...okay, I was pwned.


A fun, stylish Burberry-inspired number...but you'd get 200 lashes because it's too short.

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Posted by Pam Meister at 11:29 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0) | Dhimi Watch

David Mamet Sees the Light

For those of you not familiar with playwright David Mamet, two of his more well-known plays are Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. He also, until recently, was a flaming brain-dead liberal, but he's apparently had a change of heart. He writes about it in the Village Voice. I don't usually read the Voice, but a friend sent me the link.

Here's a sample; but be sure to read the entire piece:

I took the liberal view for many decades, but I believe I have changed my mind.

As a child of the '60s, I accepted as an article of faith that government is corrupt, that business is exploitative, and that people are generally good at heart.

These cherished precepts had, over the years, become ingrained as increasingly impracticable prejudices. Why do I say impracticable? Because although I still held these beliefs, I no longer applied them in my life. How do I know? My wife informed me. We were riding along and listening to NPR. I felt my facial muscles tightening, and the words beginning to form in my mind: Shut the fuck up. "?" she prompted. And her terse, elegant summation, as always, awakened me to a deeper truth: I had been listening to NPR and reading various organs of national opinion for years, wonder and rage contending for pride of place. Further: I found I had beenrather charmingly, I thoughtreferring to myself for years as "a brain-dead liberal," and to NPR as "National Palestinian Radio."

This is, to me, the synthesis of this worldview with which I now found myself disenchanted: that everything is always wrong.

But in my life, a brief review revealed, everything was not always wrong, and neither was nor is always wrong in the community in which I live, or in my country. Further, it was not always wrong in previous communities in which I lived, and among the various and mobile classes of which I was at various times a part.

And, I wondered, how could I have spent decades thinking that I thought everything was always wrong at the same time that I thought I thought that people were basically good at heart? Which was it? I began to question what I actually thought and found that I do not think that people are basically good at heart; indeed, that view of human nature has both prompted and informed my writing for the last 40 years. I think that people, in circumstances of stress, can behave like swine, and that this, indeed, is not only a fit subject, but the only subject, of drama.

As a former liberal who also saw the light, I applaud Mamet for putting his thoughts into print -- and so enchantingly. (He is, after all, a man who makes his living with his pen.)

To emphasize one of the points he touches on: People are not inherently good, but most of us all strive daily to do the right thing. Sometimes we fail, but we pick ourselves up and keep going as best we can. And I think most of us can agree that some people are not good at all -- they are evil. Sorry, but someone like Hitler simply does not deserve sympathy in the vein of, "Poor guy, he must have had a difficult childhood." I know a lot of people whose childhoods were less than golden, but they didn't become wannabe world dictators who began one of the biggest wars of modern history and killed millions because they didn't fit into a particular idea of a "perfect society."

Liberals believe that if we all just get in line with their ideals, we will have that utopia, that perfect society where everyone is happy and no one wants for anything. But that will never happen for one reason: we are humans, not robots. Everyone has different wants, needs, desires, and abilities. No matter how "fair" you try to make things, there is always going to be someone who wants more than his "fair share." That someone can either be someone who works his butt off to get it, or someone who sits back and waits for someone to hand it to him at the expense of others.

I know who I'd rather be.

Think of the Soviets. They were all supposed to be equals with an equal share in everything, but some were more equal than others. Party elites had access to the finest food, accommodations, cars and other luxury items while the everyday "comrade" had to stand in line for hours to buy a stale loaf of bread or a rough roll of toilet paper.

Some of the things Mamet said in comparing President Bush to JFK were way off the mark (he said Bush outed a CIA agent, lied about his military service, stole the 2000 election, etc.), but as one commenter said, perhaps he's "just spouting the former party line for effect." Considering the general tone of his piece, I'll give him the beneift of the doubt.

Mamet said he has read books by conservatives including Thomas Sowell, a man I consider to be an American treasure. If you haven't read him, you should. Start with Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy. It's written for the layman, and I believe should be required reading for every American.

David Mamet may have just gotten himself blackballed by many of the liberal elites with whom he socializes, but obviously that is less important to him than being true to his newfound ideals. Welcome to the club, Mr. Mamet.

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Comment Spam Strikes Again!

Comment spammers have been really active over the past few days, and I've shut down comments to the older entries they seem to be targeting. If you try to make a comment on an older post and it's closed, that's why! It's tempting to shut down comments altogether for a week or so, but I don't want to go that route just yet.

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March 07, 2008

Bombing of Times Square: Military Target an Afterthought

My latest at FamilySecurityMatters.org today:

Consider the dearth of good news articles coming out of Iraq (and Afghanistan). Back before the surge was implemented a year ago, you couldnt get away from articles about the violence in Iraq and the ghoulish accounting for the death of each and every soldier. Articles about schools being built, wells being dug, and other accomplishments by our soldiers for the betterment of the lives of Iraqis were practically ignored. And now that the surge has proven to be highly successful in the year since its inception, alls quiet on the Iraqi front. Now the news is all about the economy and how were about to have our second Great Depression. After all, the media has to have something negative to harp on in an election year.

Read it all here.

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March 06, 2008

So What's In A (Politician's Middle) Name?

My take on the whole Barack Hussein Obama flap over at PJM today:

What also isnt new is making fun of politicians names in a derogatory fashion. Here are just a few recent examples: John McLame, John Franois Kerry, Shrillary Rotten Clinton, Billy Jeff Clinton, Arlen Sphincter, Chris Dudd, Bob Dull, and Nancy Pelousy. Im sure there are plenty more that can be added to the list. When you enter public life, its simply one of the crosses you have to bear, along with unflattering photos and cartoons making the rounds.

Read it all here.

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March 03, 2008

Unfortunate: Melanie Morgan Off the Air at KSFO

WABC's John Gambling has a partner in the unemployment line: Melanie Morgan, who has co-hosted KSFO's morning show in San Francisco for the past 14 years, is among those who got the chop from Citadel Broadcasting, which recently acquired ABC radio.

But those who might be rejoicing that the conservative powerhouse will no longer be on the air in one of America's furthest leftwing utopias shouldn't celebrate too soon: this leaves Melanie more time to devote to MoveAmericaForward.org, the organization she has chaired since 2004.

Here's to Melanie's chance to make an even bigger difference for soldiers and their families everywhere!

Here's the press release with all the info:

Renowned radio personality and national conservative leader, Melanie Morgan, delivered her final broadcast on talk radio powerhouse KSFO 560 AM today Monday, March 3, 2008.

The owner of KSFO radio, Citadel Broadcasting, decided not to renew Morgans contract as part of the companys announced across-the-board financial cost cutting.

Melanie Morgan has been a fixture on KSFO for the past 14 years, enjoying a run from 1994-2008 that far exceeded industry standards for longevity.

During that time, Morgan emerged as one of the nations most dynamic conservative activists, using the radio airwaves to motivate listeners who shared her passion to take action and fight for causes important to them.

Morgans on-air activism included an effort that removed the carcinogen MTBE from gasoline in California, launching of the historic Recall Gray Davis campaign that led to the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California, and co-founding the nations largest pro-troop organization, Move America Forward (website: www.MoveAmericaForward.org).

It has truly been an honor for me to work at KSFO for the past 14 years. What I loved most about my time at KSFO was that it allowed me to connect with listeners and take action to make real changes in the world, said Melanie Morgan.

We never had a one-way dialogue with our listeners, and we never believed that we had to resolve ourselves to accept the status quo. We got out of our chairs, left our homes and offices, and circulated petitions, rallied for our troops and met with government leaders.

We did all this to make sure that we left an even better world for our children than the one we had inherited from generations before us, Morgan said.

As part of her ongoing conservative activism, Morgan has traveled to the Middle East twice to interview U.S. Troops stationed in Iraq and Kuwait. Her broadcast efforts from Iraq resulted in her winning the Associated Presss Mark Twain Journalism Award, and The Peninsula Press Clubs award for Best Interview or Talk Show.

Meeting our troops who are on the frontlines of the war against terrorism stands as the most powerful experience in my broadcast career, said Morgan.

Morgans career with ABC began in 1981 when she was a television reporter for KGO TV. In 1984, she became an on-air personality for KGO radio where she worked for six years before switching over to ABC-San Francisco sister-station, KSFO 560 AM, co-hosting the Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan show. In 2006, Citadel Broadcasting acquired the ABC Radio group. She has reported on the scene from the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon; the Mexico City earthquake; and the Tiananmen Square massacre in China.

Melanie Morgan says her focus in the days ahead remains unchanged: She will remain a conservative activist leader.

My commitment and dedication to serve as a leader in the movement to support our military men and women continues to grow, and I am very proud to serve as Chairman of the pro-troop non-profit group, Move America Forward, Morgan said.

Melanie Morgan is not compensated for her work with Move America Forward, a fact since the group was first launched in 2004.

Morgan will also continue her weekly column for the news website www.WorldNetDaily.com and will continue to serve as a television analyst on news programs on cable and broadcast television stations and networks.

My passion and commitment to the troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world are foremost in my heart.

While I will miss my good friends Lee Rodgers and Officer Vic, and our great producer Sheri Yee, I am excited to stay close to the conservative grassroots. And Ill always lead with my chin out, Morgan concluded.

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