Leftists and Right-wingers Conspire Against Constitutional Government

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I am a bit disappointed in the both the Left and the Right; no-one seems to know how to declare victory and move on, or realize the futility of their actions and let go.

There is a certain similarity to those who are gravitated toward the amassing of political power; for the most part their agenda is not the one they publically serve, instead it is one of ego and power, narcissism and insecurity.  The occasional sincere and talented leader that comes along is a happy accident in the purposeful insanity in pursuit of power we call politics.

On the Right we have people who do not seem to be able to accept that  how a person dresses or wears their hair, what books or films they enjoy, which adult they fall in love with, what kind of music they listen to, or which particular chemicals they choose to soothe themselves with against outrageous fortune matters little compared to issues that breaks their leg or picks their pockets.

This is principally because a conservative mindset supports the status quo against disruption from “outside; it is hard to tell who is not “one of us” if we fail to look alike and act alike.

On the Left we have those folks who simply cannot let go of the rush of having been on the side of “Truth and Light” against the monolithic “Man; if some group quacks like victims of “oppression” the Left immediately labels it a duck, turning a blind eye to any “regretful but vital temporary irregularities” committed in the pursuit of “social justice.”

Today it seem that to the new breed of “liberal” any traditional or overly familiar group is automatically suspected of evil intent and attacked; meanwhile any foreign, unfamiliar or new ideology is seen as persecuted, helpless, and in need of protection; they are not shy about shaming others into “doing the right thing“; even if they would call their actions evil if perpetrated by a non-Leftist.

The sign that makes this cognitive-dissonance the most obvious to me is the seeming inability of anyone belonging to a partisan group to see their own leaders engaging in hypocrisy or toxically self-serving politics.

Case in point Left:

Three distinguished ‘sociologists‘ having a panel discussion at a prestigious, elite university on the cumulative emotional/political scars of the “Palestinian people” who never even mention the existence of the PA, PLO, Fatah or any non-Israeli leadership, organisation or government!

Case in point Right:

Every bill that is passed by a conservative state legislature regarding abortion or the first amendment that they know will be thrown out by the Supreme Court on a “No Duh” basis; not to mention voting against humane laws only because the law might, possibly, in theory, in a Blue Moon and with a tail wind undermine their goal of passing other laws designed to eliminate the right to any abortions.

Case in point Left:

The partisan Leftie will bend their brain into a pretzel to justify and declare natural and normal any deviant behavior practiced by consenting adult homosexuals while at the same time denigrating the “un-naturally” traditional sexual tastes of more conservative folk, most of whom are not interested in regulating the homosexuals’ lifestyle beyond the usual restrictions on anyone committing rape, pedophilia or other criminal activity.

Case in point Right:

The partisan Rightie will get their panties in a twist contemplating all the heinous and disgusting sexual crimes a homosexual “could” be prone to while ignoring rampant child abuse in the home, or a culture of rape in an institution; that homosexuals in reality have a lower violent crime rate than straights seems to totally escape them.

Case in point Left:

Lefties just hate women who like the idea of having babies and being a homemaker, they simply loathe it! When you pin them to the wall, as happened recently when someone said that Mitt Romney’s wife who raised five sons and battled a deadly illness had never worked a day in her life, they mostly admit that there is nothing wrong and much that is admirable, about a “non-working” home-maker. Then a few days later they will once again say something that denigrates mothers.

Case in point Right:

Statistics show that the highest divorce rates, the highest teen STD rates and the highest teen pregnancy rates all occur in precisely the same areas where the most conservative sex-ed is the norm and sex is only supposed to happen after a person gets married. But, the lowest rates for divorce etc. are found amongst agnostics and secular Jews! I will leave as an exercise for the student the contemplation of reasons why two people with no clue whether they are socially compatible in the long term, or if they are sexually compatible at all, might be a bad risk for marrying; living together first is a  statistically proven better strategy!

Both sides seem to feel that all the worlds problems are sourced in the opposition’s intentionally perverse and stubborn need to fuck everything up for the other guy; I have more faith in my fellow man than that, but the partisanship has got to go!

Who is Right vs. What is Right: Finding Solutions Instead of Being Part of the Problem

Heretics Crusade by Guy DeWhitney

I actually see a sea change happening in the West regarding Islamic aggressions. It will most certainly still be a long and twisted road but, I do think that it is inevitable that the Western ways will prevail.

The total flip-flop of governmental concerns regarding potential violence from Islam and Christianity in the eyes of the law is utterly insane. It only makes sense to formulate an objective, constitutionally sound, policy/strategy for identifying and dealing with all ideologically driven extremist groups that might pose a threat to anyone’s life, limb or property.

Unless we wish to dispose of the First Amendment we must always forbid to the government the ability to say “This is a real religion but, that one is false” or we will quickly find that one denomination/trend in theology has become dominant. I for one would rather keep my freedoms, even if it is a harder road.

The best test I have ever seen for identifying worrisome religious groups is

‘THE Advanced ISAAC BONEWITS’ CULT DANGER EVALUATION FRAME’

I have edited it a bit for space and clarity…

In order to utilize the frame, assign each item a value from 1 to 10 points, with 1 being “Low” and 10 being “High“. Religions with total scores towards the high end of the scale are more than likely un-healthy groups for anyone.

1. Internal Control:
Amount of internal political and social power exercised by leader(s) over members; lack of clearly defined organizational rights for members.

2. External Control:
Amount of external political and social influence desired or obtained; emphasis on directing members’ external political and social behavior.

3. Wisdom/Knowledge Claimed by leader(s):
Amount of infallibility declared or implied about decisions or doctrinal/scriptural interpretations;…

4. Wisdom/Knowledge Credited to leader(s) by members:
Amount of trust in decisions or doctrinal/scriptural interpretations made by leader(s); amount of hostility by members towards internal or external critics and/or towards verification efforts.

5. Dogma:
Rigidity of reality concepts taught; amount of doctrinal inflexibility or “fundamentalism;” …

6. Recruiting:
Emphasis put on attracting new members; amount of proselytizing; requirement for all members to bring in new ones.

7. Front Groups:
Number of subsidiary groups using different names from that of main group, especially when connections are hidden.

8. Wealth:
Amount of money and/or property desired or obtained by group; emphasis on members’ donations; economic lifestyle of leader(s) compared to ordinary members.

9. Sexual Manipulation of members by leader(s):
Amount of control exercised over sexuality of members in terms of sexual orientation, behavior, and/or choice of partners.

10. Sexual Favoritism:
Advancement or preferential treatment dependent upon sexual activity with the leader(s).

11. Censorship:
Amount of control over members’ access to outside opinions on group, its doctrines or leader(s).

12. Isolation:
Amount of effort to keep members from communicating with non-members, including family, friends and lovers.

13. Dropout Control:
Intensity of efforts directed at preventing or returning dropouts.

14.Violence:
Amount of approval when used by or for the group, its doctrines or leader(s).

15. Paranoia:
Amount of fear concerning real or imagined enemies; exaggeration of perceived power of opponents; prevalence of conspiracy theories.

16. Grimness:
Amount of disapproval concerning jokes about the group, its doctrines or its leader(s).

17. Surrender of Will:
Amount of emphasis on members not having to be responsible for personal decisions; degree of individual disempowerment created by the group, its doctrines or its leader(s).

18. Hypocrisy:
amount of approval for actions which the group officially considers immoral or unethical, when done by or for the group, its doctrines or leader(s); willingness to violate the group’s declared principles for political, psychological, social, economic, military, or other gain.

From the Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame (or ABCDEF) v2.6 © 1979, 2001 by Isaac Bonewits

As near as I can tell, with the most generous of judgment possible, normative Islam. scores 140!

With an objective test such as this it is possible for law enforcement to merely point to a high score when asked about why a certain religious community is being monitored for actual criminal activity; it worked it Ireland, the key is to enforce it strictly and enforce it strictly across the board!

http://hereticscrusade.com
Ideas instead of Ideologies!

 

UC Irvine Israel Hate Week; Hamas Elephant sits on Prof. Mark Levine

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This week UC Irvine is hosting a Liberation of Palestine week in place of the usual Israel Apartheid Week; this apparently is how the MSU shows that it is trying to reach out to Jewish students there in the wake of their contretemps – i.e. convictions for violating other folks’ civil rights – involving the Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.

It gets harder and harder for the Hamas-lovers to keep their “narrative” depicting Israel  as colonizing oppressors of the peace-loving indigenes of all faiths from falling to pieces. They call it a narrative, I call it telling a story; call me naïve but, I think that people’s lives should depend on facts, not self-serving fantasies.

This year UC Irvine prof. Mark Levine has put in his two drachma’s and seems a bit put off that he is not as hated by his enemies as he seems to wish he were; he might as well be a jilted beau begging David Horowitz to notice him again.

“Dear David,
It’s been too long…”

since my name was mentioned on your site; got to keep those search engines primed so I can stay above the mainstream radar. (Emphasis added by me)

“… I was a little surprised that I was not part of your just published list of dangerous, Jew- (self-) hating, Nazi-loving supporters of Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions against Israel. Maybe I’m not good – sorry, evil – enough to have made the A-list of Israel-bashers featured in your April 24 New York Times ad . But not even your full list, with 1,004 professors, journalists, artists, activists and organisations(sp)? Was there really no room for me, one of your original 101 most dangerous professors?”

Wow, this reads to me like Mark is proud of being everything listed above! He certainly shows little sign of desiring to clear up any “misconceptions” that David Horowitz, or anyone else, might have about him in these regards.

“Indeed, the new list, like the old one, is much longer than the sample you’ve presented. You’ve only scratched the surface; you should hire more interns. Let me help you a bit; you can add me now.
While adding my name, …”

Mark, Mark, maybe you should just take out an ad on FrontPageMag.com if you need the exposure that much, this is getting embarrassing for us all.

“…perhaps you might consider the implications of so many people from all walks of life joining the BDS movement: they have decided that decades of illegal Israeli occupation, massive settlement construction, the destruction and theft of much of the natural resources of the West Bank and Gaza – from olive trees to precious water resources – and the systematic detention, torture and murder of tens of thousands of Palestinians, have done grave harm to Palestinian society.”

Holy hyperbolic horse-hockey Virginia, that sentence has has more virtue as fertilizer than all the guano in Africa; let’s take it apart a piece at a time.

Decided? More like emotionally bullied with lies and distortions long enough to sign a petition in more cases than not.

“…decades of illegal Israeli occupation,…”, how about decades of relentless lies and the miss-labeling of Gaza and the West Bank as “occupied” territories when in all legal reality they are disputed territories, which label carries a whole different set of implications from that of territories that deserves the term occupied (like northern Cyprus).

As to the charge of systematically murdering Palestinians; yeah, right!

“  These crimes against the Palestinians involve such a wide spectrum of Israeli society and government that calling for the boycott of Israeli institutions, divestment from the Israeli economy and sanctions against the government is both a necessary and moral response to this situation.”

“You argued in the New York Times ad that supporting BDS is akin to supporting the Nazi attacks on Jews in the years leading up to the Holocaust. You have labelled anyone who accuses Israel of murdering Palestinians – which is actually a statement of fact, not an accusation – a terrorist or supporter of terrorism. This is, of course, nonsense.”

What is nonsense is the big lie that it is possible, let alone desirable to “boycott Israel”!

“Trying to stop a brutal occupation – that the entire world outside of Israel and the United States considers illegal – by using non-violent methods that have been adopted by activists around the world, against systematic human rights abusers, has nothing to do with supporting terrorism. Rather, it is one of the most effective methods available to Palestinian and global civil society to stop ongoing Israeli state terrorism.”

Really? Okay fine. If that really is the case then please Mark, what sage advice do you have regarding effective tactics to be used against the the Fatah and Hamas leaderships who are so openly guilty of – how did you put it – systematic human rights abuse and ongoing pseudo-state terrorism directed at Israelis and Palestinians alike?

“And make no mistake, Israel’s actions at all levels of the occupation constitute state terrorism on a grand scale. That other countries equal or surpass Israel’s oppressive policies does nothing to lessen the shamefulness and utter immorality of its actions during the past 45 years.”

You are quite right, the excesses of one country do not excuse the lesser crimes of another; but, you my friend do need to feel shame given that you willingly fail to mention those other governments at least as often as you do your boogeyman Israel!

“Realities of the occupation
Really, David. Rather than fabricating accusations against individuals and gatherings (as a group of more than 100 professors who responded to your ad demonstrate in their rebuttal) and more broadly making scurrilous accusations of blood libel against critics of Israel, who, in fact, include increasing numbers of Israeli and diaspora Jews among them – I invite you to think seriously about the costs of decades of Israeli occupation, both on Palestinians and on Israelis. You might still not consider BDS the best method to combat the occupation, but I’m confident that once you take the time to understand the realities of life under occupation for millions of Palestinians, you will join me in the struggle for justice, peace and human rights in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

I will help you understand the realities that Palestinian society faces … an almost 50-year occupation, an utterly hypocritical set of Western policies towards them and … corrupt, incompetent and often brutal ‘self-government’.

Oh, sorry Mark, I thought for a moment you were referring to the Palestinian leadership there at the end; I forgot that Leftist racism allows the “oppressed races” little self-direction or admits that anyone non-Western can possibly set their own course into the future; it must have been Jews that planned all those Hamas and PA TV shows for kids that teach them to hate Jews and celebrate suicide bombers!

This next bit is the funniest, most disingenuous offer I have seen in months!

“Perhaps the problem is that you really have no idea what life is like for Palestinians. You might recall that some years ago when we debated each other on some Fox interview programme, I invited you to accompany me to Israel and the occupied territories and to live as a Palestinian lives for several weeks. If you did, you might better understand what it feels to be Palestinian and experience the brutalities, humiliation, indignities, threats, stresses and often misery of life under occupation or as a multi-generation refugee. That offer still stands.
In fact, I’m reiterating it now: Come to Palestine with me, let’s bring a cameraperson and spend ten days or two weeks in the West Bank and Gaza, living with Palestinians in their villages near land-hungry Israeli settlements, surrounded by the separation wall, attempting to farm their land or graze their flocks against constant settler attacks and Israeli-imposed closures – or just trying to live a decent, dignified life.

I will introduce you to Palestinian activists, academics, artists and journalists, as well as their Israeli colleagues who – if you’re willing to listen – will help you understand the realities that Palestinian society faces against the combined onslaught of an almost 50-year occupation, an utterly hypocritical set of Western policies towards them and two decades of corrupt, incompetent and often brutal “self-government” at the hands of the Palestinian National Authority and Hamas.”

Descending to the vernacular; Rolling. On. Floor. Laughing. Out. Loud.!!!

Leftist activists in the West Bank and Gaza are hard put to protect even their own people from the peace-loving locals! But, they are good at protecting the locals from those nasty Western rapist-enticers!

Well Virginia, read the rest… I have to run on down to Irvine; maybe Mark and I can open a can of Coke and work things out.

How to Recognize the Assassin’s of the Mind

Guy DeWhitney at Heretics Crusade says democrat and republican partisan politics do not serve the people or the united states

How can we eliminate partisanship if we have problems telling a partisan from a potato-head??

Here is a quick checklist to help in the citizenry’s quest to cope with the politically challenged:

A. Is more concerned about who is right than what is right.

B. Thinks social harmony will be achieved just as soon as the opposition’s voice is successfully eliminated from public debate; “It’s their fault!”

C. Always responds to any critique of their politics by attributing to critics the most radical attitudes/positions of their opposition and then responding to those positions/attitudes instead of addressing the point raised.

D. Is dedicated to gaining an unassailable political “mandate” for their party/ideology; “Give us the power, turn your backs, close your eyes and then we will make the world a better place for everyone, we promise!”

E. On the Right they work the system making the status quo the “victim” by default in order to exercise unjust power; on the Left they game the system, and the underdog is the default victim in the quest of partisans on both sides to control the most political “sheep“.

 

 

Existential Twits and the Case for Lying Through Their Teeth

I have always been fascinated by language and how flexible and nuanced our communications could be. Growing up with television, radio and magazine ads became an endless game of “what are they trying to make you think they are saying” and “what are they really saying”. “Who benefits” detectives ask when analyzing a possible crime. It was good clean fun!

But now the BS and word-juggling that we are used to are being replaced by an influx of Middle-Eastern style political and commercial speech; in a nutshell, blatantly lying through your teeth is ok as long as your emotional state is extreme. Passion in speech is coming to replace truth as the bottom line for public in the marketplace of ideas. From the speeches of President Obama to the impassioned rhetoric about “consensus” in the AGW pronouncements we see facts being over-ridden by no more than the verbal tantrums of un-elected “leaders” pursuing goals hidden in clouds of misdirection, arrogance and secrecy.

The Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman case is the poster-child for the new trend in Pravda so, let’s take a look at a recent piece by a poster-child of the new breed of “statesman” whose tongue never fails to drip honey and venom in mixtures so subtle one imagines his words crafted in Ahmadinejad’s most sophisticated laboratory. This piece is fairly typical of Aslan Media’s kinder-and-gentler form of self-righteous character assassination.

Existential Threats And the Case of Trayvon Martin

The first round of the Trayvon Martin saga is finally over. George Zimmerman is behind bars 45 days after the shooting of an unarmed African American teenager — an act that snowballed into a national soul searching crisis that evoked strong and poignant questions about race and racism in America.

It just dawned on me how similar the semantics in this article are to those used by passive-aggressives in deflecting all responsibility onto another party; never admitting who the real actors are/were in any situation.

Instead of revealing the vast and co-ordinated politicization that preceded the arrest or mentioning the slanted audio and video editing and carefully chosen photographs of Martin before his transformation into a blossoming thug as causes for the “snowballing” the author assigns sole blame to the shooting itself. His mind is as made up on the facts as he wants yours to be Virginia!

Activists, celebrities and ordinary citizens stepped up to express their outrage and demand justice. Tweets from Justin Bieber and Spike Lee along with thousands of angry phone calls flooded the airwaves; and civil rights politicians like Reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson came out to denounce the act as an egregious example of racist hate crime.

So? Not one of them has a single fact that the rest of us have not been given;since when does the opinion of a singer whose testicles have yet to fully drop or a racist film-maker with an ax to grind have to do with the truth of what did or did not happen that night in Florida? Or with the dispensing of “justice” in this case?

Oh, and will someone please tell the author that Sharpton and Jackson are not politicians; they both shun standing for office (sad truth, if elected they would actually have to DO something – it is far easier to stand on the sidelines and throw wrenches into the spokes while profiting from the problems).

The Rainbow Push coalition held hands, singing “We Shall Overcome” and the “Million Hoodie March” rallied in cities across America. In a short period of time, over 2 million signatures petitioned for the arrest of George Zimmerman who continued to invoke self-defense under the “Stand-Your-Ground” law, which expands the rights of citizens to use deadly force in any public space if they feel threatened.

Again, so what? All the emoting and hand-holding in the world will change nothing in the facts of the Martin/Zimmerman incident; rule of law is rule of law, not rule of law unless the mob disagrees; no matter how weepy the mob!

The law which has been promoted by the National Rifle Association and Republican politicians has now been passed in 25 States and since its enactment in 2005, “justifiable” murders have increased several fold – 36 in Florida, up from 12 just 5 years ago. Had the other 24 been literally getting away with murder before the law, or are we getting jumpier as a nation?

Everything in the above paragraph is hyperbolic spin and emoting; facts mean nothing, the audience being on his side seems to be the only concern of the author. The author sets himself entirely above the court system by putting scare quotes around justified and changing homicide to murder; he is not content with casting doubt on the justifiable in “Justifiable Homicide”, he wants you to know that it was not only un-justified but murder as well.

The last bit is the kicker though! The author simply assumes that anyone who is free after having avoided prosecution for a defensive killing is getting away with murder! He fails to admit even the possibility that up to 24 people had been shielded from unjust prosecution for an act of self-defense that before the new legislation might have ended with them in prison, and their families devastated!

… The national debate is curiously timely considering the broader global context.

An obviously manufactured “debate” that took weeks of aggressive rabble-rousing to accomplish is curiously timely? R-i-i-i-i-g-h-t!

That was funny, tell me another one!

In the past ten years, since the attacks on the Twin Towers, the U.S. has been increasingly basing its foreign policy narrative on the concept of preventive and pre-emptive attacks.

Over the course of the past decade what started as a deadly attack by a handful of non-state loosely aligned actors in New York City, has lead to the invasion of several countries, the death of hundreds of thousand, and the displacement of millions in the Middle East and beyond as America consistently “stood its ground”.

What the hell is a “narrative”? Our foreign policy, wise or unwise, has been based on the events and acts of the nations and groups involved. Sorry to have to point it out but, the proper English would be “handful of loosely aligned, non-state actors”.

As to the invasion of Afghanistan, that is what happens when a state decides to make non-state actors into state-actors by shielding them; I never supported the invasion of Iraq.

The rest is more bile and spin all aimed at holding the U.S. responsible as an international criminal for responding in any fashion at all to the hateful and racist thugs that are spilling over the globe from the author’s back yard.

There was one more funny bit; the author casually reveals his racist viewpoint…

more than our European counterparts who seem to prefer sex – thanks to their Mediterranean DNA

There you have it! Europeans are hornier than Americans because they have Mediterranean DNA; culture means nothing, blood is all according to the author of this flight of propagandistic fantasy!

Read it all and be amused, amazed.

Why “A Million Lawyers at the Bottom of the Ocean” is Hardly a Start At All

While political processes are ongoing and never-ending we all tend to measure such changes in terms of our own lives; for me, one of the most significant changes to the worse was in the 1970’s when lawyers were allowed to advertise. The ruling forced lawyers to be known, to have a public reputation, in order to thrive, or even survive as a lawyer. They might have a trickle of new clients from folks in need of legal counsel picking their name out of the white pages but, most of their practice came from referrals and from knowing the people personally; lawyers for decades were very big on joining social clubs, charities, associations and what-not in order to build their network. Gee Virginia, it must have been awful back then, billions of man-hours worth of time and money going to social and charitable causes instead of billboards and Radio/TV ads promising a HUGE CASH AWARD for Your Illness or Injury.

The problem with the old rule was that it was never a law; it was merely a Bar Association ruling of long standing and tradition. You see old school lawyers understood how advertising would cheapen, rightfully, their profession in the public’s perception; they applied the rule so as to prevent very same accurate contempt for the legal profession as now obtains!

It took the Supreme Court to force the national bar association to abandon this tradition with Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977).

Within ten years of the rule being relaxed the population of U.S. lawyers had exploded and the era of Clarence Darrow entered its twilight while the reign of Morris Bart and James T. Sokolov et. al. began!

Now, we have the Supreme Court itself so politicized that one faction used its power to excuse a blatant act of corporate-funded electioneering only to see the other faction’s party take their precedent and run it to Hell and back. I am referring of course to the ruling that allowed corporate “persons” suddenly, after over two hundred years of only having right to commercial speech, to obtain a right to political free speech identical to an individual human citizen.

What is the other party doing about it? Nothing, except rush to set up their own corporate slush funds to further distort the election process and disenfranchise the voting citizen that is.

Voting Public is Asking – Why is My Leader, My Enemy?

“… sometimes, I f-e-e-l, like a motherless ch-i-i-i-ld.”, actually I have lately been feeling like a brother-less moderate; the partisanship is getting thick in here, ma!

On both the Left and Right pundits are increasingly obsessed with avoiding objectivity and demonizing the opposition; which is all the more opposite for having been forced further into toxic polarity by the aggression of “Our Heroes”, whichever party to which they may be ideologically attached. The theme of the first two decades of the new millennium seems to be, “Life in America will be utopia just as soon as we control the herd (also known as citizens) enough to eliminate the opposition party from participation in the body politic!!!”

If you want to know how someone really feels about Free Speech or Censorship simply ask them about a case involving someone or something they themselves oppose; be prepared to be stunned at the number of proto-fascists amongst your friends and family. Very few people today, especially those under 35, seem to care about the basic principals of innocence before guilt or that of protecting minority speech in order to protect your own. Today everyone with a public seems to be in love with the notion that good intentions will always lead ultimately to Heaven, once selfish, nasty evil intentioned bad-guys are pushed from office. The problem is that they abound on both sides of every debate in sight!

I have pointed out many times that the major problems with our system are things that neither side wishes to repair; political “reform” is virtually always a smokescreen for shoving one group out of power while another group takes that same power to use for their own ends.

All the campaign finance reform bills – the voting district gerrymandering acts, the “crime” bills, all the family and child protection “reforms” just hide the hand of one thief stealing from the previous thief who stole from the thief before that something that belongs to the people, namely political power.

All that is needed to repair our government is for the voters to demand an end to all privately financed campaigning. If every candidate for every elective office from town cop to President of the United States drew from a equally divided pools of funds our political horizons would clear within ten years after such a rule went into effect; an additional benefit could be obtained by forbidding anyone from receiving payment for their time (as opposed to just covering their transportation and lodging expenses) while lobbying a government office or official.

The sad fact is that for most of our nation’s history any politician known to have accepted any contribution from a business interest would immediately have been seen as “tainted” in the voters’ eyes and been highly unlikely to be elected, or if incumbent, re-elected.

The sadder fact, Virginia, is that it is easy to makes evil changes to a society if you take a long enough view.

Occupy Oakland”Oh, the horror, The Horror!” Photoshopping Their Pain to Us

Well Virginia, the low can always go lower it seems, and there is no shame in partisanship; Occupy Wall Street  or OWS supporters are editing images to generate sympathy.

Most of us have seen this image:

Occupy Oakland issues distorted photo to create sympathy Heretics Crusade begs to differ

Looks pretty nasty doesn't it?

Now that looks like a pretty nasty place to be, deep inside a cloud of toxic orange teargas/smoke, wouldn’t you agree? But, what would happens if we applied a simple, totally standard and automatic color correction to the photo.  As many of you know, color corrections generally cannot produce real-life colors if the image was shot in colored lighting. On the other hand, if the lighting was just dim thee is a tendency in a digital image to get a shift toward the sepia or orange… Hmm, I am getting curious myself; let’s see what happens:

Real Color original image shot by occupy oakland says Guy DeWhitney at Heretics Crusade

Wow, now they are in front of a cloud. Go figure!

Ok, this is getting a bit embarrassing for the Occupy Oakland crowd; I mean really, using Granny to gain sympathy this way, what was this lady even doing there if not attempting to play martyr? And even so they have to use a distorted image to generate sympathy.

This is the beginning of the end for the movement I a afraid.  The desperate shrillness that is creeping to the national “voice” of the movement is doing them more harm than good. There comes a time when you fold your tents and wait for another day to manufacture a different, more structured and focused spontaneous demonstration; they might try including an endgame in the plan, counting on the focus of the useful idiots of the Flea Party is a fools game at best.