Politically Correct = Reality Challenged – Part 2

My Party needs no ethics

The first step in being able to recognize the dysfunctions of partisans on both sides of the spectrum is to know what it means to be non-partisan. IIIB DFI / IIIB FI is the basic DNA of the moderate political viewpoint. (I)f (I)t (A)in’t (B)roke (D)on’t (F)ix (I)t coupled with (I)f (I)t (I)s (B)roke, (F)ix (I)t .The moderate mind has no ax to grind on the back of the rest of society. They respect traditions that are respectful of individuals who do not choose to follow them as well as those who do. They look at problems that consistently vex any part of society and seek solutions that remove both the present problem and the broken social compacts involved from all sides. In criminal law the ultimate rule they follow is one at the heart of our Constitutional system of laws and legislation and was best enshrined in words by Thomas Jefferson when he declared issues that neither picked his pocket nor broke his leg as being outside the authority of the law.

This is not as radical as it might sound. Even in this lawyer-plagued age the majority of American law still comes down to there being a need for economic damage or personal injury of a definable sort for there to be a criminal matter at hand. Granted that there have been far too many decisions that have hinged upon “injury” that was, at best, a pleasant figment of the plaintiff’s imagination this is still the hard core; it is time that we stripped away the dross and remembered it, purified it, made it enduring once again. With more and more moderate viewpoints this self-reinforcing foundation of U. S. legislation will assume the prominence that Jefferson would have wanted to see.

There is no crime more partisan in nature than to declare yourself “harmed” by the expression of an opinion that disagrees with your own. Because of this a reliable self-check on the peer-induced pull of a slide back into a partisan mindset is to force yourself to ask “what’s in this for me?” If you answer “nothing”, then you are either lying to yourself, or you have no reason to think the solution or change you desire would be good for anyone, let alone everyone. If you answer honestly and, after examining your own self-interest in the matter, would still publicly endorse it including the fact of your own lack of “altruism” then you have passed your self-check with flying colors. This is all that is needed. A willful process for denying yourself the luxury of self-deceit. Self-deceit, cognitive dissonance and and group-think are the flying monkeys of partisan thought; they will not only get your little dog they will feed him to their cats for his own good.

 

Dumbest (uncorrected) Choices in American History: Shortlist

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My list of REALLY STUPID CHOICES made in American history; just a short-list I am afraid:

Diet Food” that is more chemicals than food

Having the Soviet Union an “ally” in WWII – better to have let them go it alone; email for full argument

The Electoral College in the Age of Communication; direct election of all offices should be the norm; Political Parties are OBSOLETE and COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE

Public Sector Unions

Adding “under God” to the Pledge making it a point of division instead of unity

Lotus and Apple’s Patent-the-Universe Syndrome making the courts accept patents on things never meant for patent

Failing to live up to Dr. King’s vision and refusing to stop being prejudiced regarding race

Private campaign donations of any kind other than labor

Campaign donations by businesses

Supreme Court deciding that money= a right to a louder voice for YOUR ‘free speech

Dropping the no-partisanship requirements for radio talk-shows and ‘interview’ programs

Letting Lawyers advertise

Supreme Court declaring that nothing of value is earned by the recipient of a military award or decoration

Women’s, Chicano, Black “Studies” propping up people selected, distorted and lionized with blatant prejudice; taking away self-respect while pretending to help by ‘giving the poor things a hand’, and White Studies designed to rip on Western Culture for the same purpose – removing its self-respect – it seems non-whites are too dumb or clueless to run their own lives or stand up to whites and that whites are just intrinsically demonic – welcome to the enlightened world of PC education

Failing to settle on the point in a pregnancy where a woman’s choice is MADE and she must be held responsible for an infant rather than a piece of owned tissue. (6 month preemies regularly survive today and the Radical Right’s agenda on abortion would make women all but chattel)

Worrying more about which consenting adults, what age, color or how many may legally get ‘married’; ignoring the concept of duty, honor and responsibility anyone brings to their marriages

Bilingual Education as a policy

Helmets, knee and elbow-pads for tricycle riders

Peer promotion in school

Affirmative Action after 1990 – where was the transition to color-blind government?

Worrying more about what actual people have DONE with their guns than trying to get law-abiding folk to not have any at all

Electing Andrew Jackson, Jimmy Carter, George W., and Obama

Forgetting that ALL countries do best with immigrants if they pick from the TOP of the pile instead of the bottom

Paying a private group to print/coin money like a product to be bought forgetting that money has no ‘intrinsic’ value’; dollars are just counters for the economic game; increasing or decreasing the supply by fiat to ACCURATELY reflect the production/wealth of a nation is the ONLY reason when deciding when or if to print more money, or let the cash pool contract

Deciding that political consensus and no working model or scientific theory that has been tested is sufficient when making decisions in haste that could wreck the world’s entire economy/infrastructure; in the 70’s it was the next Ice Age that was imminent… no models then either

Making an “eco-friendly” light-bulb containing hazardous amounts of mercury

Adults stealing Halloween from the children and making it another grown-ups party holiday

The Writer’s Strike

ANY serious university or college that “emphasized” sports to make money and enabled ‘tails’ that can wag Great Danes with ease

What Non-Western Civilization?

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Is there anyone who can tell me just which part of modern world civilization is Non-Western?

If it came about in the last 300 years, and general world-wide opinion is that it is “civilized” then it came from the West; deal with it people! IT is not about race or the color of anyone’s skin, it is about CULTURES; some are structured in healthy ways, others , um… are not.

I believe that the source of the West’s almost incomprehensible loss of the will to keep the more unruly cultures on a leash (or at least penned up) is related to the fact that we have won the war, the struggle from animals to civilization; the rest is just tuning and tweaking and finding the best ways to do this civilization game. If the world were ‘civilized’ as a whole there would be no need for war or armies or bombs; but only part of the world is civilized and our own civilized “sensibilities” tell us that it is not “nice” to fail to “be nice” to those unfortunate cultures that still have a lot of growing up to do. And so we allow the idiots to blow themselves and others up, rape, pillage and commit genocide – all in the name of being “civilized”!

How is it a civilized act to allow barbarism to flourish? It isn’t; it will not eve produce stability. Ask the Romans; ask the British.

We in the West walk a fine line; on the one hand we must protect and hold on to our hard-won prize: the dignity and honor of the individual based on their own life instead of their family,tribe, nation or race. On the other hand we must not shy away from swift and effective actions to contain the un-civilized while their cultures slowly grow up in their own time.

I have always felt it was a form of racism to ascribe every problem and ill suffered by the second and third world to the first world; those places all were, in Kipling’s words, “dog’s breakfasts” of cultures to live in long before any ‘white man’ came to interfere with the quaint native ways.

It was Western culture that came, not a color of skin. And everywhere it has gone, the individual has seen the length, prosperity and stability of their lives increase dramatically; at the cost of most of the “old ways”, the majority of which where of questionable psychological value to begin with! Anyone who disagrees about some cultures being more messed up (none are perfect, by a long shot) had better be prepared to come up with a “good” reason why some primitive tribes to this day retain a rite of passage to manhood that includes the child/man performing, willing or not, ritual fellatio on an older man in order to protect the younger one from “the overwhelming power of the female”! I am not sure about you, but I just can’t go along with forced sex with minors in the guise of a religiously vital ritual of passage, and I hold some fairly heretical notions about what a sexually healthy society would look like!

Sex is one of those “tweaks and tunings” I spoke of that Western society needs to work on; oh boy do we need to work on it! But, that hardly means we in the West (the role models of civilization) should be so timid about being settled in our minds on the basics: non-Western ways of treating women as a class, and personally, quite simply suck.

Check out this attempt at a defense of non-Western views toward women.

The whole bazaar mentality of “narrative” is also questionable; it is not who makes the loudest, most emotional yet traditional argument first who wins, it is the guy who goes over and counts the mules teeth and knows the facts.

I close with my update of Kipling; all I did was take one word, and translate from what it meant then to the word we would use to show what Kipling was really saying.

Take up the Westerner’s burden–
Send forth the best ye breed–
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild–
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.
Take up the Westerner’s burden–
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit,
And work another’s gain.
Take up the Westerner’s burden–
The savage wars of peace–
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to naught.
Take up the Westerner’s burden–
No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper–
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go mark them with your living,
And mark them with your dead.
Take up the Westerner’s burden–
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard–
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:–
“Why brought he us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?”
Take up the Westerner’s burden–
Ye dare not stoop to less–
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloak your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent, sullen peoples
Shall weigh your gods and you.
Take up the Westerner’s burden–
Have done with childish days–
The lightly proffered laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!

Finally remember that I consider Japanese, South Koreans, and much of India etc., to be “Western” before you light your straw-men.

There are Liars and There are Those Who Use Statistics

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I came across this wonderful bit of distortion on Google+ today trying to blame world hunger on US politicians…

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John Newmark – If this makes you sick, consider this.  The figures come from 2008.
http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000853/index.htmlCurrent World Military Spending is 35 times higher than in 2007.  So what took 8 days back then…
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/spending.htm

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 Here is my little contribution of reality… I actually LOOKED AT THE DATA! Yes, Virginia, I know that they consider that cheating in the partisan world but, who cares?
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Guy DeWhitney – Tell it to the ones escalating.
Here is some analysis from that bunch of data.MIL SPENDING – PERCENTAGE OF GDP
Korea, North 25.00%
Saudi Arabia 10.00%
Jordan 8.60%
Yemen 6.60%
Syria 5.90%
Turkey 5.30%
United States 5.25%MIL SPENDING – INCREASES SINCE 2005:
China $53,357,142,857
United States $39,400,000,000
India $10,428,571,429
Saudi Arabia $6,848,333,333
Turkey $4,304,337,500
Indonesia $3,929,428,571
Iran $2,043,437,500
Korea, South $1,959,250,000
Colombia $1,725,833,333
United Kingdom $1,358,666,667
Germany $890,625,000

And the scary one – PERCENTAGE of increase since 2005:
China 5846%
Indonesia 2216%
Syria 693%
Cuba 607%
India 484%
Iran 480%
Chad 442%
Belarus 401%
Colombia 396%
Yemen 386%
Turkey 382%
Saudi Arabia 328%
Bangladesh 313%
Lebanon 309%
United Arab Emirates 220%
Korea, North 200%
Jordan 198%
Korea, South 174%
Chile 168%
Israel 161%
Germany 120%
United Kingdom 119%
United States 119%
Egypt 112%

What IS Your Problem Anyway?

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I had a wonderful, fantastic vision while sitting on the (polite euphemism for toilet applicable to all  individual readers’ culture and tastes)  today.  What would our world look like a few years after a particular, completely unlikely, event. Namely the election in one year of NEW Senators, Representatives, Governors, and state legislatures never before involved in politics.
 
Just picture it, a government that is comprised of real, articulate, skilled or professional folks. People who have done things.  Imagine a further impossibility; NONE OF THEM ARE LAWYERS!
 
The quivers surely run down my leg thinking of THAT event Virginia.
 
What would happen if the Constitution and common sense ran the government?  Could it possibly be worse than the things the Left and Right have brought us with their endless political games that rape the future of We the People on the altar of their ambitions?
Will the paid-off-pundits of the Right who pretend to be Conservative please explain to me why they approve of the Supreme Court decision to equate dollars in marketplace with individual free speech as protected in the Constitution?
 
Just what is the justification for this equality of “voice” that allows a corporation to drown out the voice of real citizens who have no deep pocket masters?
 
We may never be able to rid ourselves of the “machine” that exists to promote the power grabbing of the Leftist and Right-Wingers, but we can surely starve it for funding and force it to listen to real people for a change!
 
And can the hypocrites on the Left who pretend to be Liberal tell me why they condone non-Liberal interference with the PROFESSION of education?
 
In the halcyon days of the political machine in America the murdering thugs who ran places like Kansas City and Chicago and New York had few morals, but they did have some unbreakable rules, one of which was keep your hands off the roads and the schools.  As long as these rules were kept to the population had little to complain of and the machine flourished. 
 
Some kind of perverse evolution has occurred over time.  As the governments in America became less and less overtly corrupt, and certainly less violent about it, they also threw the rules away.
Why are the schools across America constantly chasing “Liberal” ideals and consistently failing to improve?  Why are the roads in New Orleans the worst in my experience for a metropolitan area despite the huge income given the size of the city coupled with a, supposedly “Liberal” government?
 
Both Left and Right have felt no compunctions about interfering in every aspect of our lives motivated less by sense, than some immediate political consideration devoid of human values but rife with moralistic rationalizations.
 
But, most of all, I demand that the Left and the Right explain to me WHY partisanship is a good thing.  Just what is healthy about viewing the political opposition in a two party system as something to be ELIMINATED from the political process?
 
Is this not one definition of fascism, no matter the other politics of the proponent? Tell me Mr. Obama, and explain to me Mr. Limbaugh, why you feel a two party system would be healthier as a one party system.

Another Middle Eastern Voice in support of the West

Rome, as the proud city of the ancient world, was not simply overwhelmed by the swarming hordes of barbarians from the east, but a civilization long in the making swiftly was ruined. It was undone from within by a population that lost its sense of purpose while forgetting its history, and a ruling elite corrupted by self indulgence beyond repair.

The West, as was ancient Rome, is besieged, and those encircling the West at present make no pretence of their intent to tear it down as reparation for past sins that occurred in the making of the modern world.

But the swarming hordes of the anti-West axis — unlike those that overran Rome and its empire — do not gather at the frontiers of the West. Instead they assemble within the modern day temple of rank hypocrisy, the United Nations, and from there launch their assault against the civilization whose wonders they greedily seek, as did their barbarian predecessors invading Rome.

The UN conference on racism in Geneva, Switzerland is the modern day effort of an increasingly supine West at negotiating the price for being left alone by the rapacious thuggish leaders of failed and rogue states of the Third World.

It is the weakening of the West’s moral centre — the abject unwillingness to defend its history which on balance has given the longest lease on freedom and prosperity to the world — that was on display in Geneva.

The spectacle of several European diplomats walking out of the conference hall in Geneva as Iran’s President Ahmadinejad delivered his vile anti-Semitic anti-western rant, illustrated the pathetic disarray of Europe’s frantic diplomacy to negotiate a face-saving agreement with the world’s worst human rights violators.

Instead of hosting such fraudulent conferences as Durban II in Geneva, it is time the West demonstrated its moral authority by demanding from the likes of Ahmadinejad and his anti-West allies to answer why they have denied their people freedom to fully embrace the proven model for prosperity that is the West.

In respect to Israel, it is a beacon of modern enlightenment restored to its ancient home and a reflecting mirror in which the Arab-Muslim world sees daily its appalling failure as a civilization that once merited respect.

AHMADINEJAD’S RAGE

Moreover, the intensity of the anti-Semitic rage that Ahmadinejad displayed in Geneva serves the Arab-Muslim rulers to hold others responsible for their people’s misery.

The Third World needs more of the West despite its flaws — ask the Chinese and the Indians — if their poor are to escape the oppressiveness of their traditional cultures.

The West needs to recover urgently its moral centre for it is only moral criterion — as once Alexander Solzhenitsyn counselled the West against communism — which can help contain and defeat the contemporary enemies of freedom.

SALIM.MANSUR@SUNMEDIA.CA

Please, read it all by clicking on the title

Changing minds by not shutting doors to change

Reforming Moderate Islam Muslims

Let me give an example of how spin does not help our cause. The video Islam:what the West needs to know
This film has loads of wonderful information that is completely accurate. However it seeks to deny that there is an under current of moderates in the Islamic world. They confuse the voices of the leaders and terrorists and ignore the views of the masses of Muslims who go about their lives in peace.

Why have certain blogs almost ignored the story about the Changes the King of Saudi Arabia has introduced? Why won’t they give the moderates they yell at to stand up a chance to get to their feet without partisan criticism?

If you despair of real support for Western Civilization you only need peruse a few months of The Religious Policeman a blog written by an educated Arabian Muslim over a period of four years.

His voice and many others show a strong ferment of free thought and desire for reform in Islam.

How can the moderates stand up and begin reform if we, their supposed supporters, say that Islam is unreformable? Down this path lies total war between West and East. Black and White ideology is what we are fighting AGAINST isn’t it?

It is very important for a Westerner to understand Abrogation and Taqqyia but they also need to understand that morals and decency come from the human heart, not laws or books. People who are not strictly thought policed tend almost universally to react like PEOPLE not soulless robots.

Our goal should be toe remove the disproportionate voice of the Wahabi financed organs of Islam while holding out our hand to all who seek to grow beyond that way of life. The Bible and Torah DO contain horrific elements. It may be argued whether they are as “bad” as the Koran. But what is without doubt is that the chief difference is not in the inherent peacefulness of the oldest scriptures. The chief difference is that Judaism and Christianity have reformed!!!

In the days of the last Temple in Jerusalem the Jews tended to behave in ways that were very similar to Muslims today. But they changed.

In the Middle Ages in Europe you did not have the option most times of disagreeing with the clergy. IF you did you died. But they changed.

The early Protestants could be as nasty as just about any when it came to repression. But they changed.

Today the mainstreams of thought for all major religions but one hold that human brotherhood and connection trumps any verse that denies that concept.

As Hillel said; “Love God and Love your neighbor, all else is commentary”. Few Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist or Pagan clergy will care to have to refute that doctrine for to do so will render them seemingly callous and “unholy”.

It have been said that a holy man is known in spite of the name of his religion, not because of it. A previous post about Muslims who saved Jews during WWII is a great example of that.

If we are going to hold Islam’s feet to the fire about not accepting the idea of universal brotherhood then we need to stop denying that they are capable of realizing it.

Yes, we will get our hands bitten now and then. But is that reason to become hard of heart? But we need to keep the door open for those who seek to reform their religion.

The film linked above shows a number of Western leaders talking about how we are not at war with Islam and that Islam is a religion of peace. The way I see it that kind of language is not a bad thing if used properly. Turn the idea on it’s head. Over and over and over they are declaring that a Muslim who believes in violence in the name of God is NOT religious. Now I will be the first to oppose censorship regarding who is doing what and WHY they say they are doing it.

Bottom line time. If you can’t recognise ANY step by Muslims toward a better world then you ARE an Islamaphobe and should proudly wear the title. I am not afraid of Islam, I am not afraid of Judaism, I am not afraid of any religion. I am afraid of people who so literally interpret their scripture as to forget that we all are in it together.

So I will link to some things that I hope will serve the cause but I shudder when I think how many people will not be able to un spin the antagonism from the truth.