Archive for October, 2008

Feline Friday: Emmitt

A couple of weeks ago, I was taking care of an acquaintance’s animals while he was in the hospital. On Thursday, I was startled to find, in addition to his own cat and the outdoor strays he regularly feeds, a cat carrier on his doorstep. Inside was a tiny kitten–about five weeks old–who was mewing with fear and hunger. I brought him home, of course. Now he sleeps near my head for much of the night, occasionally attempting to suckle my earlobe.

Emmitt is the eighth cat we’ve adopted from one apartment complex in the southeast part of the city; we have three from another complex there. There are many more wonderful cats in the same area who need homes. If you’re interested in getting a beautiful, friendly cat who will be eternally grateful for your love and companionship, I can set you up.

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First, It Was Under the Bus….

Now it’s off the plane. The Washington Times, New York Post, and Dallas Morning News have been banished from Obama’s campaign plane for endorsing John McCain. My comparison of Obama with Hugo Chavez seems more and more apt.

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Happy Halloween!

I have an exam to give today, but here are some quick links:

  • A brilliant video commentary on the election and the philosophies of our two political parties. (HT: Instapundit)
  • Obama could easily reveal the identities of his small donors. Why won’t he? What’s he hiding?
  • Our tax system is the most progressive in the world, already placing a larger share of the tax burden on upper-income taxpayers than any other. We may be nearing the tipping point Plato and Aristotle warned of, when the majority have an incentive to vote higher taxes to expropriate the wealth of those richer than they. That’s not justice, folks; that’s the end of democracy. Either the rich won’t put up with it, and will seize power themselves, or they will put up with it, and society, impoverished, will collapse.
  • I’ve been struck by the socialist realism of Obama’s posters and bumper stickers for months. Now, the symbolism is becoming more explicit. Minnesota Democrats declare their support with a banner containing a red star. An office door on the hall below me has a poster saying “VOTE!”—with a red fist.

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Hitler Supports Obama

No, really. Apparently you don’t have to be alive to contribute to the Obama campaign.

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In a 2001 interview, Barack Obama said some things that are shocking outside the academy, criticizing the Warren Court for holding that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution are general rather than positive rights:

In the radio interview, Obama delved into whether the civil rights movement should have gone further than it did, so that when “dispossessed peoples” appealed to the high court on the right to sit at the lunch counter, they should have also appealed for the right to have someone else pay for the meal.

Obama said the civil rights movement was victorious in some regards, but failed to create a “redistributive change” in its appeals to the Supreme Court, led at the time by Chief Justice Earl Warren. He suggested that such change should occur at the state legislature level, since the courts did not interpret the U.S. Constitution to permit such change.

“The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of basic issues of political and economic justice in this society, and to that extent as radical as people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical,” Obama said in the interview, a recording of which surfaced on the Internet over the weekend.

“It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it has been interpreted. [My emphasis]

“And the Warren court interpreted it generally in the same way — that the Constitution is a document of negative liberties, says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted.

“And I think one of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was that [because] the civil rights movement became so court-focused, I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and organizing activities on the ground that are able to bring about the coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change, and in some ways we still suffer from that,” Obama said.

Worst of all:

…just to take a, sort of a realist perspective…there’s a lot of change going on outside of the Court, um, that, that judges essentially have to take judicial notice of. I mean you’ve got World War II, you’ve got uh, uh, uh, the doctrines of Nazism, that, that we are fighting against, that start looking uncomfortably similar to what we have going on, back here at home.

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The Obama Market

I’ve been saying this for months, but let me get it on the record here: if Obama wins, the Dow Jones Industrial Average will be at 5,000 within a year. Jennifer Rubin:

Barney Frank and Joe Biden are the sodium pentothal of the Democratic Party. Biden told us to be afraid on national security. Frank tells us they Democrats will be coming after us with a big tax increase. Now Frank tells us that he wants a 25% reduction in defense spending.

So let’s get this straight: we are going to see more than $4 trillion in new spending, have a big tax increase, and defund our military — while certain to face international challenges where “it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.” And this is what Democrats are saying?

The Democrats in Congress are already talking about killing 401k accounts and other tax breaks. (Will we imitate Argentina?) The current Obama plan will not come close to funding his spending initiatives; expect a top marginal rate of 50% or more, extending to incomes far below $250,000. Unilateral rewriting of NAFTA and killing any prospect of further trade liberalization will put a large dent in international commerce. Obama’s economic plan is essentially Hoover’s. We’ll be lucky if the Dow sinks only to 5,000.

How much of the current crash is due to the prospect of an Obama Presidency? I don’t know, but I can’t tell you that I sold about half my holdings for that reason. If McCain wins, I’m jumping back in.

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The Criminal Campaign

Evidence is mounting that the Obama campaign has encouraged illegal contributions by disabling features that link names to addresses and credit card numbers. Read the evidence here, here, here, and here, or you’ll find it hard to believe.

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In the best piece I’ve read on the market meltdown, Steve Forbes explains how capitalism will save us—if we let it.

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Obama’s Radical Past

Daniel Pipes observes that Obama’s connections to known radicals would prevent him from getting a security clearance.  Gateway Pundit has been digging out videos and photographs from Obama’s past, showing his close association with the socialist New Party. Stanley Kurtz tells us what that means.

More than this, we now have substantial evidence that Obama himself was in fact a New Party member. We even have a photograph of Obama appearing with other successful New Party candidates. Clearly, then, it is more than fair to identify Obama with the hard-left stance of the New Party and its ACORN backers. In her recent study of ACORN and the Gamaliel Foundation, the two groups of community organizers to which Obama was closest, Heidi Swarts describes their core ideology as “redistributionist.” Joe the Plumber take note. Whether formally socialist or not, Obama ties with ACORN and its New Party political arm show that spreading your wealth around has long been his ultimate goal.

All this means that Barack Obama is far from the post-partisan, post-ideological pragmatist he pretends to be. On the contrary, Obama’s ideological home is substantially to the left of the Democratic-party mainstream, so far to the left that he has one foot planted outside the party itself. And since the New Party Chicago was essentially an electoral arm of ACORN, Obama’s New Party tie, is yet another example of his deep links to the far-left militant organizers of that group. Obama’s account of his limited ties to ACORN in the third debate was clearly not truthful. Likewise, his earlier denials of ties to ACORN have fallen apart.

At what point will the press force Obama to own up to the full extent of his ties to ACORN? At what point will the press demand a full accounting of Obama’s ties to the New Party? At what point will the depth of Obama’s redistributionist economic stance be acknowledged? Barack Obama is hiding the truth about his political past, and the press is playing along.

Meanwhile, Zombie looks at Prairie Fire, William Ayers’s book laying out the ideology of the Weather Underground. Among the quotations:

Socialism is the total opposite of capitalism/imperialism. It is the rejection of empire and white supremacy. Socialism is the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie, the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and the eradication of the social system based on profit. Socialism means control of the productive forces for the good of the whole community instead of the few who live on hilltops and in mansions. Socialism means priorities based on human need instead of corporate greed. Socialism creates the conditions for a decent and creative quality of life for all.

An undercover agent describes his experience with Ayers and the Weather Underground:

I bought up the subject of what’s going to happen after we take over the government. We, we become responsible, then, for administrating, you know, 250 million people.

And there was no answers. No one had given any thought to economics; how are you going to clothe and feed these people.

The only thing that I could get, was that they expected that the Cubans and the North Vietnamese and Chinese and the Russians would all want to occupy different portions of the United States.

They also believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter-revolution. And they felt that this counter-revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing re-education centers in the southwest, where we would take all the people who needed to be re-educated into the new way of thinking and teach them… how things were going to be.

I asked, well, what’s going to happen to those people that we can’t re-educate; that are die-hard capitalists. And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further, they estimated that they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these re-education centers. And when I say eliminate, I mean kill. 25 million people.

I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people.

And they were dead serious.”

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Boo, Indeed!

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