Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bill Maher: Stop the Moon

Islam takes over in 2013, for one day

''This clip is an excellent representation of how insidious political correctness has become, we can’t even stand up for own culture anymore without a few hundred people acting as though Bill Maher just lit a cross on fire. Multiculturalism is now the highest value on the Left — the tolerating of intolerance in the name of racial sensitivity – which is why the slow creep of Sharia Law has gained a foothold in the Western world. A couple weeks ago, on the air, Maher scolded Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas over the title of his book “American Taliban,” by saying in effect, “I love you Markos, but we are not the Taliban.”
While Jon Stewart puts on his safely PC Detached Irony Mock-Fest a little later today, keep this unexpected moment from last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher in mind. After noting that Mohammed is now the most popular name for newborns in Britain, Bill Maher stopped his panel and audience cold by asking, “Am I racist to feel alarmed by that? Because I am. And it’s not because of the race, it’s because of the religion. I don’t have to apologize, do I, for not wanting the Western world to be taken over by Islam in 300 years?” http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/jjmnolte/2010/10/30/bill-maher-am-i-a-racist-to-feel-alarmed-by-thought-of-islam-taking-over-the-western-world/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:

Sen. John Kerry: Filthy rich, badly stupid

''Here we have a synopsis of the modern technocratic mindset, oozing with condescension and petulant about the inability of the masses to appreciate their genius. The rejoinder from the despised Tea Party would, of course, be something like, “Hmmm, we may not be zillionaire U.S. senators, but none of us would be stupid enough to buy a $7 million play yacht in the midst of a recession and then try to avoid paying the government $500,000 in excise and property taxes on the sale — while calling for higher taxes on others.”''

John Kerry once again lashes out at the hoi polloi: “It’s absurd. We’ve lost our minds. We’re in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don’t weigh in. It’s all short-order, lowest-common-denominator, cheap-seat politics.”
This comes after earlier John Kerry comments that “we have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on, so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening” — and reminds us of the 2004 blurt about George W. Bush, “I can’t believe I’m losing to this idiot,” which was itself a bookend to the later 2006 put-down, “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/251581/why-tea-party-ask-john-kerry-victor-davis-hanson

Followed by a moon shadow

Cat Stevens

However much Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam may wish to rewrite his past, he was neither misunderstood nor misquoted over his views on the Imam Khomeini fatwa against The Satanic Verses

It’s a curious choice, to put it mildly, given Yusuf’s alleged support of the fatwah against Salman Rushdie. All audio of the words he used to allegedly support the fatwah (which he has strenuously insisted he did not do) has been removed from YouTube, apparently at the crooner’s behest. And here’s Salman Rushdie’s own take, in a 2007 letter to the Telegraph, on what Yusuf meant: Cat Stevens wanted me deadbHowever much Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam may wish to rewrite his past, he was neither misunderstood nor misquoted over his views on the Imam Khomeini fatwa against The Satanic Verses...

3 Dog Night

Send in the (mocking) Clowns

Jocular buffoons pander to liberal insanity.

In the shadow of the Capitol and the election, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert entertained a huge throng Saturday at a "sanity" rally poking fun at the nation's ill-tempered politics, fear-mongers and doomsayers.
"We live now in hard times," Stewart said after all the shtick. "Not end times."
Part comedy show, part pep talk, the rally drew together tens of thousands stretched across an expanse of the National Mall, a festive congregation of the goofy and the politically disenchanted. People carried signs merrily protesting the existence of protest signs. Some dressed like bananas, wizards, Martians and Uncle Sam.
Stewart, a satirist who makes his living skewering the famous, came to play nice. He decried the "extensive effort it takes to hate" and declared "we can have animus and not be enemies." http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101030/

Discovering America’s Christian Heritage

''The ‘old’ way we used to educate students created exceptionally smart students. Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence, entered college at the age of 10, Fisher Ames, author of the First Amendment, entered Harvard at the age of 12, Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, graduated from Princeton at 14, John Trumbull, law student under John Adams, Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court had already read through the Bible by the age of 4, at 6 he won a Greek contest against his local minister and passed the Yale exam at 7 ½....''

We discovered in the last chapter that our schools originally were in the churches and that religion, morals and knowledge were the three main requirements for education established by the Founders. The book used most in our public elementary education aside from the Bible was a book called the New England Primer. All of our Founding Fathers used this book to learn to read, learn the principles of Christianity, morality and prayers. It was used in public elementary education from 1690 until 1930, 240 years. This book integrated the Bible in virtually every area of teaching.
In learning the alphabet it used Bible stories: A: In Adams fall we sinned all. B: Heaven to find the Bible mind. C: Christ crucified for sinners died. Every letter in the alphabet dealt with a Bible story. In another section for learning the alphabet with each letter in a Bible verse: A: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother (Proverbs 15:20). E: Except a man be born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven (John 3:3). O; Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Like 6:45).
This book contains lessons on the Ten Commandments, salvation, creation, sin, morality, i.e. all areas of mans existence. It is easy to understand why religion was such a large part of their lives privately as well as publically. http://www.newswithviews.com/Anghis/roger135.htm

14 cents = No sense

Disgusting disclosures that our financial services industry and our foreclosure courts are corrupt and have perpetrated fraud on the American populace are everywhere.
In an October 17th article, David Dayen responds to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan who, supporting the Obama Administration, opposes putting a national moratorium on foreclosures until fraud can be weeded out of the process.
Dayen says “it’s really interesting that he” (Secretary Donovan) “picks out the Cleveland area as his example of how we can’t stop what’s working in the housing market.” Dayen then provides examples of how the housing market doesn’t work in Cleveland:
“Michael and Pamella Negrea have never been late on a mortgage payment in the 15 years they’ve owned their home in Eastlake. But they’ve been foreclosed on three times.
“Martin and Kirsten Davis, meanwhile, lost their home in Cleveland to foreclosure two years ago. The reason: A mess that started when they accidentally paid 14 cents too little on their monthly payment. http://www.newswithviews.com/Barnewall/marilyn150.htm

The End Game: 1/2 Billion

The End Game
"Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature" --Anonymously commissioned Georgia Guidestones
Part one of this series raised grave concerns over the accuracy and authenticity of the 911 Commission Report. Subsequently, part two of this series detailed the Federal government's ominous implementation of the greatest police state infrastructure the world has ever seen.
For what purpose would the police state apparatus be installed especially when it flies in the face of American traditions, civil liberties and Constitutional prohibitions?
While the reader ponders the answer to this question, one should also consider that researchers (e.g., Gary Franchi, Campfema) have documented the elaborate construction of a multitude of FEMA prison camps which presently lies dormant. FEMA claims the camps serve as a safety valve in the unlikely event that millions of foreign immigrants were to suddenly forced to flee to the United States to escape some unknown calamity. This explanation flies in the face of common sense since 30 million illegals already inhabit the United States and not one of them occupies space inside of this covert prison system.
The elite did not manufacture a false flag event in order to provide a pretext to gut the Constitution, implement an elaborate surveillance grid and build a network of FEMA prisons for nothing. Clearly our present police state apparatus is about control, but control from what? Sociologists claim that the global elite maintain control over the masses through a combination of five methods: (1) Controlling ideas; (2) Controlling information, (3) Controlling technology; (4) Eugenics; and, (5) Genocidal depopulation. The global elite have already gained control over ideas, information and they thoroughly control technology through their military industrial defense complex. The establishment of an extensive surveillance grid, unconstitutional and unwarranted detainment policies (e.g., the Patriot Acts) and a massive covert prison system has largely been achieved. Eugenics and genocidal depopulation are the only two variables of control which have not been fully implemented. The elite, through their puppet organization, the United Nations, have repeatedly attempted to implement their brand of eugenics but have failed miserably. That leaves only the specter of genocidal depopulation.
It is not likely that the global elite will hand us the smoking gun which demonstrates their intent to depopulate. However, many of the elite have spoken quite clearly on the topic of depopulation. http://www.newswithviews.com/Hodges/dave103.htm


It seems to me that the words “traitor” and “treason” are being used more and more when talking about modern politicians. But is that an accurate portrayal of what is going on?
Anyone who has been following the antics of our central government knows that the Constitution is more a quaint historical document than a restraint on government action. We have politicians openly admitting that the legislature is intentionally ignoring the Constitution when drafting bills. Branches of government relinquish constitutionally mandated powers to other branches of government, and even to semi-private organizations, such as the Federal Reserve.
Are the actions of our politicians treasonous?
The quick answer is Yes and No. The reason I say yes and no is that under our current system of law, treason has a very specific and limited definition. However, the broader generic definition of treason would, in fact, encompass the actions of our politicians.
Let us first take a look at a few definitions and see if we can determine where we stand... http://www.newswithviews.com/LeMieux/michael133.htm

Obama's World No Longer

Obama's world turned upside down as Dems face disaster
'Something's gone wrong. He put his favorite projects ahead of the necessities'

40 aircraft, 6 armored cars for Obama visit to India
Elaborate entourage 'biggest ever by a U.S. president'

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Woof or Treat

The ways, means, how and why of WAR

Lenin (Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov) said, “The establishment of a central bank is 90% of communizing a nation.” [1] Worldwide control obviously requires extraordinary organization, superior weaponry and high technology (like HAARP), political power and monopoly control of all the resources. On February 17, 1950, James P. Warburg declared to the U.S. Senate, “We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.” [2] In Russia and China and other countries, the elite used thugs for their violent conquest of existing leaders.
Populations wouldn’t knowingly consent to their own demise. But distracted, naïve, ignorant citizens, by their consent, relinquish their liberties by placing their trust in others, (1) two-faced lying politicians who have abandoned the constitution and sold their souls and, (2) the persuasive profit-driven elite media. Smiling talking heads and brilliant, fast-talking female lawyers in low-cut garments legitimize immodesty while peddling infotainment disguised as news. They equivocate among themselves over the Neocon’s next war target which they claim is necessary to keep America safe. While selling their illusions and building our perceptions, what to wear, eat, drink, think and who to fear, they conceal, suppress or gloss over stories that are actually pertinent to our lives. http://www.newswithviews.com/Spingola/deanna123.htm

Demonized and besmirched

''Why are these conservative women giving up an easy life at home to be out on the campaign trail to be demonized and besmirched''?

Ann Coulter wrote in her 2008 book Guilty immediately after John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate in August 2008, the entire press corps was air-dropped into Alaska to dig up dirt on the governor and her family. In June 2010 Journalist Joe McGinnis rented the house next door to Sarah in Wasilla, Alaska to continue invading her privacy and stalking the family. Have these pimps in the media no shame?
Leonard Pitts, Jr., columnist for The Miami Herald, wrote about how Joe, the Journalist, was able to see into Sarah’s daughter’s bedroom and how it was a streak of luck when he just happened to find a house next door to the Palin home when he moved to Wasilla for the summer to do his research.
Pitts writes Palin is second only to the president himself, the most compelling figure in American politics – and the most polarizing. He writes, “For some she is the folksy, straight-talkin’ avatar of conservative principles, while for others, she is the leader of an intellectually incoherent movement that has no idea where it’s going but seems in a hurry to get there.” http://www.newswithviews.com/Betty/Freauf176.htm

Very scary

Who's immortal? We All are

Have you ever had one of those seemingly perfect moments in life when everything just came together? You thought to yourself, I always want it to be this way. But of course it isn't.
Or maybe you have certain goals in your life and think that once you reach them, you will certainly be completely fulfilled. Maybe you have even reached some of those goals. Maybe you have reached many of them – or perhaps all of them – but still there is something missing.
Then again, maybe you have thought, When I meet the right person, that is going to solve everything. But now that you have met the person – and maybe have gotten married – something is still missing. Why is that? Because from the moment you were born, you have been on a quest. You have been searching for something more.
You were uniquely created in the image of God, and there is a sense inside that life should have some kind of meaning and purpose beyond mere existence. Maybe you have wondered if you are the only person who feels that way. You aren't. Because deep down inside, we all are searching.
No matter how successful or beautiful or wealthy, everyone is searching. Madonna made this statement a while back: "I think a few years ago I wasn't sure what I was on this earth for. I think I was mostly concerned with getting things for myself. More clothes, more money, more popularity and more boyfriends. I wasn't really thinking; I was just doing. Then I woke up and said, 'What am I on this earth for?' "
Sooner or later we begin to ask the big questions: What is the meaning of life? Why am I here on this earth? Why do I exist? What should my purpose in life be? We all have in us a desire to achieve something, to make something of our lives. We all want our lives to count for something bigger and better than ourselves. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=221521

A kinder, gentler demon possession?

Maybe you missed the headline that the American psychology profession has a new approach for patients who are, or believe they are, possessed by one or more spirits. These clients may need "concurrent treatment protocols" that blend traditional counseling with successful management of "unseen spirits." Yes.
But there's a catch. The patient – the human one – must be an indigenous person. Native-American patients, you see, recognize a "permeable boundary between the seen physical world and that of unseen spirits." Western therapists should try harder to honor this pagan worldview.
This breakthrough approach comes from Suzan McVicker, MA, LPC, in an August 2010 paper published by the American Psychological Association. She tells her readers that among indigenous cultures, a "spirit force" may enter a human and seek to stay. This can be resolved, she explains, by engaging in "spirit depossession." But far from the "forceful banishment" of an exorcism, here the spirit is safely conducted back to its place of origin, which for most of them has been discovered to be Washington, D.C. ( Just kidding – she did not say that.)
Anyway, this gentle exit is accomplished with "skill and compassion" (presumably lacking in Christian exorcisms) and with minimal trauma. Jesus could have learned a lot from the APA! No need to send demons into herds of pigs, none of that teeth-gnashing stuff. All very civilized, indeed.
And this peaceful management applies to two patients because Ms. McVicker believes the spirit is also a patient, and actually another identity. In her séances with Jean Houston, Hillary Clinton's alternate identity was Eleanor Roosevelt, don't forget. One is tempted to speculate that perhaps Eleanor's peaceful departure happened way too soon. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=221421

A worm on the sea

"Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched."

''As a Russian journalist recently wrote: "The proud American will descend into slavery without a fight, beating his chest and proclaiming to the world how free he really is''."

To say that Obama is a Bolshevik may sound extreme, but as someone who grew up in the former Soviet Union and holds degrees in economics and political science from the University of Marxism-Leninism, viewing the American political landscape through red communist glasses reveals a scary reality: The United States elected a radical socialist government committed to the transformation of the American capitalist free-enterprise system into an egalitarian society driven by a state-controlled political economy.
As Patrick Henry said: "I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past."
Obama's objectives, strategy and tactics bear a mirror resemblance to the Bolsheviks who seized power in Russia in 1917 to establish a totalitarian communist rule. I recognize familiar patterns and appreciate their irresistible inducements.
The great historical irony is that unlike the Russian people, who understood the perils of socialism and fought the Bolsheviks in a bloody three-year civil war that by some estimates took 15 million lives, the freedom-loving Americans simply voted themselves into socialism. The communist leaders from Lenin to Brezhnev are turning in their graves watching what proved impossible for the Soviet Union to accomplish with all its military might and nuclear arsenal being enacted by a duly elected American president with the support of American voters. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=221365

THE WORM TURNS - "Someone previously downtrodden gets his revenge; an unfavorable situation is reversed. The saying represents an evolution of the old proverb, 'Tread on a worm and it will turn.' The meaning was that even the most humble creature tries to counteract rough treatment. Shakespeare picked up the thought in Henry VI, Part 3, where Lord Clifford urges the king against 'lenity and harmful pity, saying: To whom do lions cast their gentle looks?Not to the beast that would usurp their den.The smallest worm will turn being trodden on,And doves will peck in safeguard of their brood.'"

Lame-duck: Damn dangerous

''This Obama-Pelosi-Reid administration is convinced that they know best how everyone should live, and they are hell-bent on giving government the power to dictate how everyone should live. The lame-duck session could be their last chance to force their brand of progressive-socialist-Marxist government on the nation''.
Regardless of the outcome of the mid-term elections, the nation will suffer – not from the election results, but from the lame-duck session of Congress that follows. The greater the Republican victory in the elections, the greater the damage the Democrats will do during the lame-duck session. And there is much damage to be done.
Obama and the Democrats have already begun to lay blame for the largest tax increase in history should the current tax rates be allowed to expire Jan. 1. They have refused to bring a bill to the floor that will extend the current tax rate because the Republicans, and at least 31 Democrats, have insisted that rate be extended for all taxpayers.
Obama, and the Democratic leadership appear to be ready to let the tax rate increase dramatically for all taxpayers, in order to increase the tax rate for the "rich." Economists across the political spectrum agree that the worst possible response to a depressed economy is to increase taxes.
In a lame-duck session, Republicans cannot advance a bill that the majority doesn't want advanced. The Democrats can, however, advance any bill they wish – unless a few Democrats in the Senate can be convinced to join a filibuster to block final passage of a bill. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=221449

Barack Obama is a foreign 'ringer'?

White House senior adviser David Axelrod is making his living right now demanding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce release its list of donors, even though there is no legal requirement to do so, because the Obama administration suspects the group might be using foreign contributions to pay for political ads.
This is an interesting election strategy given that Axelrod's boss is suspected by 58 percent of the American people of hiding something himself – his long-form birth certificate that would provide the foundation for determining whether or not he is even entitled to hold office.
By the way, I'm not the only one to have noticed this utter hypocrisy. ABC News' Jake Tapper has raised the issue with Axelrod himself.
A special report with evidence galore: "The Case for Impeachment: Why Barack Hussein Obama Should be Impeached to Save America"
Here's the interesting exchange between them:
AXELROD: Well, I'm not demonizing the Chamber of Commerce. I'm simply suggesting to them that they disclose the source of the $75 million that they are spending in campaigns and put to rest, put to rest the questions that have been, that have been raised.
TAPPER: Isn't that like the whackjobs that tell the president he needs to show them his full long-form birth certificate so he can put to rest the questions that have been raised?
AXELROD: The president's birth certificate has been available to people.
TAPPER: The long form?
AXELROD: Someone once in the course of this debate about whether we should have a law to force these organizations to disclose where their money is coming from in the campaigns, someone said, and I think they're right – "the only people who want to keep things secret are folks who have something to hide." If the Chamber doesn't have anything to hide about these contributions, and I take them at their word that they don't, then why not disclose? Why not let people see where their money is coming from?
Notice the non-answer from Axelrod to the questions from Tapper, as insulting as it is to what is now clearly a significant majority of the American people.
Axelrod changed the subject. He ignored the question. That's what Barack Obama's desperate hatchet-men have been trained to do – even when the questions about the birth certificate come from network newsmen.

What's clear about the Obama administration's pledge to be the most open and transparent administration in history is that openness and transparency is a one-way street. The White House demands its political adversaries be open and transparent, but the rules don't apply to Obama.
Think about it.
The Chamber of Commerce has complied with all the laws of the land in collecting donations and using the money to make political ads. But Obama has not shown even the slightest respect for the Constitution's simple requirements for establishing eligibility for office. In fact, he has shown nothing but contempt for the rule of law and the will of the people.
Tapper, despite his own rude dismissal of constitutionalists with serious concerns about Obama's eligibility, raises an excellent point: How is it that the Obama White House insists on extra-legal transparency from the private Chamber of Commerce, while the man occupying – legitimately or illegitimately – the highest public office in the land won't even release a document that could begin to answer growing doubts about his own legitimacy?
I'm pretty certain 58 percent of the American people are not lying awake at night wondering if the Chamber of Commerce has ever received foreign donations. But it is an established fact that 58 percent of the American people – and possibly more now – are lying awake at night wondering if Barack Obama is himself a foreign contribution.

'All in the retarted family'

Americans are clearer now about what they think is right and wrong. This not a time of gray ambiguity.
The intellectual bankruptcy of the left is too evident. We hear no ideas, no substance. No attempt to explain why the massive expansion of government has not been the elixir promised to fix our wheezing, gasping economy but has made things worse.
Instead, we're getting personal attacks. The tea partiers are nuts, kooks, fascists, racists.
Rob Reiner, appearing on Bill Maher's show the other day, likened the tea-party movement to the emergence of Nazis and Hitler in Germany in the 1930s. They're "angry and frightened," selling "stupidity and ignorance," said Reiner, as Maher nodded in agreement.
If Reiner got out of the wealthy left-wing Hollywood bubble he lives in, he might see what is going on in his own state of California and gain some appreciation of what's driving the tea-party movement. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=221353

Parents can't force teen to abort

The parents of a 16-year-old Texas girl have signed a court order agreeing not to force her to abort her 14-week pregnancy.
Last week, attorneys associated with the Alliance Defense Fund secured a temporary restraining order from a Travis County, Texas, court preventing the parents from ordering their daughter to have an abortion.
"The parents made the right decision, one which they, their daughter, the baby's father, and especially their grandchild, will appreciate," said Gregory R. Terra of Georgetown, Texas, an ADF-allied attorney involved in the case, in an ADF news release.
The parents signed the court order Wednesday. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=221465

Friday, October 29, 2010

Mom murders baby for interrupting 'Farmville'

''Tobias told investigators that she shook the baby, smoked a cigarette to compose herself and then shook him again. She said the baby may have hit his head during the shaking.''

A Jacksonville mother charged with shaking her baby to death has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Alexandra V. Tobias, 22, was arrested after the January death of 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson. She told investigators she became angry because the baby was crying while she was playing a computer game called FarmVille on the Facebook social-networking website. http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2010-10-27/story/jacksonville-mom-shakes-baby-interrupting-farmville-pleads-guilty-murder

Thank You, Lord Barack, for the mind expansion

''The ungrateful masses look at what Obama hath wrought and see a federal government taking over their lives, debt biblically extending to "our children's children," and a ruling class that lives large while taxpayers now spend a quarter of their lives working to pay for its excesses''.

It is time to thank Barack Obama -- or Lord Barack, as our media elites might prefer, having declared him a "sort of God." He said memorably in April that the Tea Partiers "should be saying thank you" for the great job he's been doing. And now, as Election Day approaches, vast swathes of the country are ready to give him the acknowledgment he seeks. Thank you, Mr. President, for giving back our country.
Now, it certainly is not what he had in mind. His point, of course, was that the Tea Party, instead of protesting, should be grateful for the transformation he has been bringing about. He has been vocal about an ungrateful electorate that doesn't understand the magnitude of his accomplishments. Instead, we disappoint, suffering from what Charles Krauthammer calls "Obama Underappreciation Syndrome." http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/10/thank_you_lord_barack

War at America's Core

We are just a few days now away from winning one of the most critical battles in American history, the mid term elections. Other key battles have been afoot and won by conservatives across the country this last two years.
We are in a huge battle for the heart and soul of America, our constitution and freedoms. The progressive, anti Freedom side threw the Obama care bill at us, even though the mass majority of Americans did not want it. Fraud, bribery and sell outs peppered the battle field and they won that round. In response, the sleeping giant was awakened. The people realized their power, what the extreme, progressive left was actually doing to them, and they got angry.
The people haven’t acted out with their anger, broken laws or spilled coffee in rage. Instead they have organized, 90 to 100 million strong. They are called the national Tea Party movement. They represent all nationalities, Republicans, Democrats and other parties and reflect various faiths. They are marching in the streets, meeting again and again, sending money bombs and getting classic conservatives elected. They are doing all this while not being owned by either major party. You gotta love it! http://www.newswithviews.com/Roth/laurie238.htm

Dems Final Stand: Voter Fraud

The reports are coming in from all over the country. A Craven County, NC resident attempts to vote a straight Republican ticket but his choices come up straight Democrat four times, despite receiving assistance from poll workers. In NC’s Lenoir County, registered Democrat Ervin Norville also tries to vote straight Republican but finds that his ballot has the names of several Democrat candidates selected. Boulder City, NV resident Joyce Ferrara says that when she and several others went to vote for Sharon Angle, they found that Senator Harry Reid’s name was already checked off. In Dallas County, TX’ congressional district 30, Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson’s name was the only one on the ballot in a few locations (no, she isn’t running unopposed). And some states have been late in mailing out military absentee ballots, whose recipients, interestingly, are known for their Republican leanings.
These happenings are generally referred to as “mistakes” and “glitches,” but if that’s all they are, then we’re witnessing a truly historic anomaly. Because either the mainstream media is now suppressing stories of mistakes and glitches benefitting Republicans, or the laws of probability have suddenly been rescinded and tossed coins are coming up donkey tails every time. Welcome to American elections, Venezuelan style. http://www.newswithviews.com/Duke/selwyn141.htm

Madam Butterfly

The Liberal's Biggest Fan

The real reason NPR dumped Williams

If I had ever imagined for even a second that Juan Williams would be at the center of a controversy, I would have guessed that he had appeared on TV wearing a turtleneck instead of his customary tie and jacket.
Mr. Williams, after all, has done very well for himself being the well-mannered, soft-spoken, black liberal on the various Fox opinion shows. He is less moronic than Alan Colmes, less egotistical than Geraldo Rivera and better-looking than Leslie Marshall.
So imagine my surprise when I woke up one morning to discover that NPR had fired him because of some innocuous comments he had made about Muslims on "The Factor." He had merely confessed that he gets nervous when he sees Muslims in full regalia at the airport. Well, with apologies to Steve Martin, excuuussse me. But if Muslims aren't supposed to make us nervous at airports, why do I have to stand in line for an hour going through security, remove my shoes, belt, keys and wallet, and flash my ID 27 times before boarding an airplane?
Is it, perhaps, because those darn Swedes are acting up again? Is it possible that those rascally Aussies are planning an invasion? Or have the Amish finally decided it's high time we all got rid of our cars and phones, and started getting around in horse-drawn surreys, the way God intended? One can almost hear their blood-curdling battle cry: "Today, Pennsylvania; tomorrow, the world!"
Everyone who has the good fortune not to be Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar or any of those other politically correct creeps on the Left knows that most of the worst mischief being caused all around the globe has Allah at its source. Does that mean that every Muslim is a terrorist? Of course not. Some of them merely fund the terrorism. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=220981

Left Turn: Gov. Jerry Brown, the sequel

There is nothing quite like California politics.
This is the state, after all, that gave the nation Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. But it also produced Willie Brown, Tom Hayden, Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi. And it's no exaggeration to say that today's anti-government, anti-tax tea-party movement was actually born in California in 1978, with passage of Proposition 13.
But today California's on the brink of performing its oddest political move of all: bringing back the man who was once the youngest governor ever elected to serve, this time as the oldest governor ever elected. Only Jerry Brown could pull off such a political miracle.
And California will be well-served when he does. Don't take my word for it. Just listen to his opponent, Meg Whitman, who tells voters in one of her latest campaign ads: "Thirty years ago, anything was possible in this state. … That's why I came to California, so many years ago." Who was governor, 30 years ago? Jerry Brown!
California did, indeed, thrive under the first Jerry Brown administration. I know. I was there, as a member of the governor's staff. From 1975 to 1979, I served as director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, with the combined duties of overseeing state and local planning operations and serving as the governor's de facto policy director.
There was only one thing wrong with Jerry's first tour as governor: He was way, way ahead of his time. But they were exciting times. He was the most popular politician in the country. He worked 18-hour days, driving himself harder than he drove his staff. He was cautious, yet at the same time bold enough to take on new ideas. He adopted ideas that the rest of the nation is just now catching up to. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=221053

An 'unprecedented housecleaning' Nov. 2

Why were liberals were so insanely paranoid about the alleged nefarious activities of President George W. Bush? Projection, anyone? They were mortified at Bush's alleged encroachment on our individual liberties, but now that they're in control, we see where liberty ranks on their list of priorities.
We've always known that the term "liberal," in modern parlance, is a misnomer. Today's liberals are the exact opposite of the classical liberals of yesteryear, who actually believed in limited government and free markets.
Liberals have been seducing Americans out of their liberties for decades with false promises of security. Prior to Obama, we were on a slow march toward statism, but now we are on a rapid gallop.
That's mostly what next week's congressional elections will be about. Ordinary Americans are horrified and outraged that Obama and his enablers in Congress are fundamentally transforming America from a beacon of liberty to a bankrupt socialist state. They are outraged that this elite bunch of officious intermeddlers are waging all-out war against our social compact. Americans want America back.
This nation was founded as a constitutional republic, with the people electing representatives to serve on their behalf and tend to the proper functions of government, but ultimately retaining sovereignty.
Most Americans are sophisticated enough to understand that we don't have a pure democracy and that we can't conduct government by daily polls or plebiscites. But they also don't expect that their wishes will be ridiculed, summarily rejected and spat upon by a sneering, disdainful autocracy. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=221117

Time to reunite church and state

John Adams, our second U.S. president, famously observed: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
The U.S. Constitution, indeed our entire republican form of government, was crafted by deeply pious men who were overwhelmingly Christian. It was fashioned within the context and framework of the Judeo-Christian zeitgeist of the time and was further intended to function in harmony with a Judeo-Christian worldview – period. Though leftists may deny this reality, it remains indisputable fact. The historical record is unequivocal.
Patrick Henry said this: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!"
George Washington agreed:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. … [R]eason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
I'll say it: I agree with George Washington. Those godless, postmodern secular-socialists, who, today, hold the reins of government, are unpatriotic. Fringe leftists like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid seek to "subvert" Washington's "great pillars" of "religion and morality" and are distinctly un-American for it.
Part and parcel of Obama's agenda has been to push, at a fever pitch, the most extremist pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, anti-Christian agenda in American history. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=221169

Charlie Rangel and 'Brown Shirts'

When Barack Obama was campaigning for president in 2008, he visited Colorado Springs and WND broke the the story that he wanted a "Civilian National Security Force" as big and as well-funded as the $650 billion-plus U.S. military. Now Charlie Rangel is proposing that he have it.
Rangel, facing ethics charges in Congress, has proposed the Universal National Service Act that would require "all persons" from ages 18-42 "to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security."
The plan also authorizes "the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes."
A reader who read the plans online was outraged.
"May Obama be d-----," he wrote. "It reinstitutes the draft, and is for both males and females … There is no 'opt-out' – if you are not 'fit' for actual military service, or are a 'conscientious objector,' then you are shunted into 'civilian service' which is pretty much anything the 'president' says it is."

Thursday, October 28, 2010

American Angst

TIME? It's time alright

How can we every catch up to employing our own 15 million unemployed citizens or the 41.8 million living on food stamps? We cannot! The American Dream will be seen as a brief fantasy circa 1960 through 2010.

Yesterday, I received by latest copy of Time Magazine where an immigrant named Fareed Zakaria, from India, now a naturalized citizen, wrote a piece about “Restoring the American Dream.”
Zakaria, not an American by birth and didn’t grow up here, somehow enjoys ‘affirmative action’ at Time Magazine to allow him a treatise on our country from his Indian bias. I wrote a rebuttal and added a bit of a reality check. I’m asking you to write one into Time, too, after you read his piece in the November 1, 2010 issue of Time. Email address: letters@time.com
Dear Time editors:
Re: “Restoring the American Dream,” 11/1/10, Zakaria, Time Magazine
Fareed Zakaria makes good points, but fails to address the causes of the loss of the American Dream. How about our elected Congress critters outsourcing, offshoring and insourcing millions of American jobs to India, China, Bangladesh, Mexico and elsewhere? How about that $700 billion annual trade debt because we no longer manufacture our own products? How about Congress flooding our country with 70 to 80 million immigrants since 1965—to displace our citizens from jobs, schools, our language and culture—as well as create human population overload like Zakaria’s India? How about our Congress throwing us into unwarranted wars that dragged us into a $12 trillion debt dungeon? What about 41.8 million Americans subsisting on food stamps and 15 million unemployed Americans because Congress won’t secure our borders or stop endless immigration or stop outsourcing jobs?
How about our presidents and Congress members that work against our interests to make sure the American Dream can never be realized by a growing number of Americans? It’s as if our own elected leaders engineered our decline as a civilization. How do we get 41.8 million Americans off food stamps when we import 1.3 million immigrants annually, along with 800,000 illegal migrants and another 900,000 of their children being birthed once they arrived each year—which enjoy welfare at our expense? How can we every catch up to employing our own 15 million unemployed citizens or the 41.8 million living on food stamps? We cannot! The American Dream will be seen as a brief fantasy circa 1960 through 2010.
Frosty Wooldridge, six continent travelerGolden, COhttp://www.frostywooldridge.com/

Give the Devil a break!

The Devil isn’t destroying America, its people are.

Christians love to blame the Devil for everything....

I call it the Gospel according to Flip Wilson.

You remember
Flip Wilson, don’t you, and the phrase that he popularized as the cross-dressing Geraldine? “The Devil made me do it.”
We used to laugh at Flip’s characterization of Geraldine’s refusal to take responsibility for her actions. It was funny because we all knew that Geraldine’s problems should not be attributed to the wiles of old Slew-foot, but, rather, to her own willingness to gleefully give in to her sin nature.
Paul told us to “
resist the Devil.” Geraldine found it more gratifying to give in to him. Flip Wilson Christianity is permeating America.
Adam was the first person to point the finger. When it was discovered that he had chewed on the apple in
Genesis, God demanded an explanation from Adam for his blatant disregard for God’s direct command.
“What’s up with you?” God demanded of Adam. “Well, it was the WOMAN YOU gave me” Adam responds, paraphrasing Geraldine’s passing of the buck by laying the blame first at the feet of Eve, but ultimately at God Himself. “
The woman YOU gave me.”
We have been pointing the finger at others ever since.

Liberty or the Big Brother that protects it?

"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth--whether about the President or anyone else."

Let me ask readers a question. What's more important: freedom and its undergirding principles, or the entity meant to protect it? A word of caution: be careful how you answer that question, because the way you answer marks your understanding (or lack thereof) of both freedom and the purpose of government.
Thomas Jefferson--and the rest of America's founders--believed that freedom was the principal possession, because liberty is a divine--not human--gift.
Listen to Jefferson:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men." (Declaration of Independence) http://www.newswithviews.com/baldwin/baldwin621.htm

Not just 'tea-baggers' anymore

Having cast the Tea Party as a deranged rabble, Leftie commentators must explain how these lunatics took over the asylum. Perhaps they should consider the most obvious explanation: that they might not in fact be lunatics.

First, Leftie commentators ignored the Tea Party: throughout the summer of 2009, its rallies were barely covered except by Fox. Then, as it grew, they sneered at it: what a lamentable gaggle of rednecks, birthers, truthers, stump-toothed Appalachian mountain men and assorted survivalists. When these laughable Frondistes began to win primaries, pundits assured each other that they had made Republican Party unelectable. Now, with a week to go before polling day, and the GOP comfortably ahead in the polls, columnists have had to come up with a new line. Predictably, they have hit on the argument that Tea Partiers are a bunch of thickos, dupes being manipulated by powerful Right-wing corporations.
There is a classic of the genre in today’s Guardian. George Monbiot describes the Tea Party as “one of the biggest exercises in false consciousness the world has seen”, and goes on to explain that the poor, deluded saps who turn up to its meetings are puppets on the strings of two wealthy industrialists, Charles and David Koch. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100060969/if-tea-partiers-are-such-deluded-fools-why-are-they-doing-so-well/

The Sex and Sin delusion

Never have so many politicians spoken so weirdly about something of which they know so little. On Oct. 14, President Obama trotted out "born gay, always gay" rhetoric to back his aim to force the military to accept open homosexuality.
At a televised town-hall meeting, Mr. Obama said the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy "will end, and it will end on my watch." Roger that. Or is it Roger and Roger that?
Then he went on to declare God a liar, in so many words. That would be the God whom Mr. Obama professes to worship. The Bible makes it clear that sex is only for marriage and that homosexuality, like other sex acts outside marriage, is a sin.
"I don't profess to be an expert - this is a layperson's opinion - but I don't think it's a choice," Mr. Obama said. "People are born with a certain makeup. We are all children of God. We don't make determinations about who we love."
This is comparable to Mr. Obama's mangling of the Sermon on the Mount in 2008, when he claimed that Jesus would favor legalizing homosexual unions. Hey, if it's not in the Bible, so what? The drive-by media aren't going to know the difference. They think Sodom and Gomorrah are a stand-up act in the East Village.
Three days after Mr. Obama's venture into deterministic sex, NBC's "Meet the Press" featured a debate with Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat, and Republican challenger Ken Buck. Host David Gregory began by asking Mr. Buck if the Tea Party movement was "extreme" and cited at length a left-wing think tank's report that Tea Parties attract "bigots," "anti-Semites" and "white nationalists." Mr. Gregory might as well have asked Mr. Buck, "Kooky, dangerous people flock to your campaign. Why?" http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/oct/22/a-choice-liberals-cant-stand/

Eenie Meanie Chli Beanie

Left Turn: Why the right really hates NPR

Right Wingers have dreamed of destroying NPR for years -- because they despise its honest news values and openness

Is it plausible that the right-wing uproar over NPR’s firing of Juan Williams is motivated by concern for “free speech” – and not by longstanding conservative animus against public broadcasting? To anyone who has been paying attention to the behavior of politicians, pundits, and media agitators on the right for the past few decades, the latest upwelling of volcanic rhetoric is drearily familiar.
These same voices have reliably exploited every chance to damage public broadcasting, not because of any supposed liberal bias, but because they disdain the straightforward, probing journalism that the public network provides every day. What the NPR haters want to see and hear on America’s airwaves is the “fair and balanced mentality” of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and Michael Savage and nothing else. After all, they hate CNN, CBS, NBC, and ABC with almost equal passion, no matter how much those networks or NPR bend over to accomodate conservative viewpoints. http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/joe_conason

Is Islam schizophrenic?

"One day I was in the mosque and noticed a guy with a big camera. I went up to my friend and asked him who the man was. He told me he was a reporter from the Reno Gazette Journal, and he was doing a story on Islam. He then leaned over to me and said, 'I had to warn the imam to be different.'"

Political correctness holds that there are two sides of Islam. One side, by far the larger, is the great mass of peaceful Muslims who go to their mosques and worship Allah without harming anyone. The other side, a distinct minority, is where the Mohamed Attas of the world reside – those who would destroy us.
That PC viewpoint was in vogue at Fort Hood on the day Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan shot 13 adults and one unborn child dead after yelling "Allahu Akbar." The same viewpoint was in still in effect days after the massacre when Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey appeared on CNN and said, "It would be a shame – as great a tragedy as this is – it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well."
The same viewpoint is still at work today as Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf moves forward with plans to establish a mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero and as Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walk off the set of ABC's "The View" because Bill O'Reilly said it was Muslims who attacked us on 9/11.
The politically correct people who run NPR fired commentator Juan Williams for providing his opinion on "The O'Reilly Factor." Williams said, "When I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
This begs the question: Are those who hijack planes and blow people up really just a small group of extremists, as Goldberg and Behar believe? Or is Islam really a unified religion/political system that considers Christians and Jews infidels that must be destroyed? http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=220841

Traffic cams: Endangering rights – and lives

As the light turned green above me, I started to accelerate into the intersection. I looked right, then left. As I did so I saw the Ford F150 barreling toward me. In disbelief, I stopped the car and watched the big truck thunder past, brazenly running the light and narrowly missing me.
It is at least ostensibly to prevent collisions (such as this incident could have been) that those in authority advocate the use of red-light cameras (RLCs). Red-light, speed and traffic cameras watch every single driver passing through an intersection or past a given point, seeing everything, forgetting nothing, often issuing tickets without warning. You cannot reason with a traffic camera; you cannot describe to it mitigating circumstances; you cannot offer to it exculpatory evidence. If you are issued a ticket by a police officer, you may face that officer in court and defend yourself from the charge. If you are issued a ticket by a red-light camera, you are effectively guilty until proven innocent – with little or no opportunity to provide such proof. The camera, a machine, is presumed to be infallible ... and you, a citizen of what is supposed to be a free country, are at the mercy of a device that feels no such emotion.
In the eyes of those in power, red-light cameras and similar devices provide a steady stream of revenue. They do not tire; they do not join unions; they need not be paid. They can work around the clock, and they catch every single violator. At least in theory, such public surveillance and punishment provides a deterrent. Traffic cameras are presumed to save lives by preventing drivers from believing they can run a red light or exceed the speed limit without being caught. But is this really true?
Only a few months ago, a Laura Frazier reported that crashes increase at corners where traffic cameras are rolling. "New data released by the sheriff's office shows 24 crashes at [an intersection in Brandon, Fla.] from January through March, after the traffic monitoring devices were installed. There were nine accidents at the corner in the same period last year." This is hardly empirical data – but there's plenty of that. Red-light and traffic cameras are far from an automotive safety panacea. Multiple studies, in fact, show that red-light or traffic cameras increase accidents. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=220573

Was Barack Obama Sr. murdered?

In a recent article, New Yorker editor and Obama biographer David Remnick posed the question of whether the president's father, Barack Obama Sr., had been murdered.
In reading the galleys of Peter Firstbrook's forthcoming history of the African side of the president's family, "The Obamas," Remnick had been moved to wonder whether Obama's 1982 death in a car crash was really accidental.
When the article was published, one of my own correspondents, who prefers the pseudonym "Mr. Southwest," was deep in his own research on the Obama clan.
What Mr. Southwest's research reveals, more than anything else, is the shabbiness of the major media's inquiry into the background of President Barack Obama. Indeed, we already know more about Christine O'Donnell than we do about our commander in chief.
In August 2008, then-Newsweek editor Jon Meacham laid down the baseline of what we were expected to believe pre-election about the death of Obama Sr. On a buoyant night, high on the possibility of a major promotion, a drunken Obama "ran off the road and crashed into the tall stump of a giant gum tree. He died instantly."
Meacham approvingly quotes Obama's "Granny" – not his real grandmother, in Obamaland little is real – to the effect that "this son is realizing everything the father wanted – fighting for people, the dreams of the father are still alive in the son. The two loved each other so much."
In his recent book, "The Roots of Obama's Rage," Dinesh D'Souza makes the same case as Granny, although he is obviously less thrilled about what father and son were fighting for.
To close their respective cases, Meacham first and then D'Souza have to ignore all the inarguable evidence that young Barry never lived with Obama Sr., let alone loved him, and may not have even been his son. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=220589

Chicago-style politics are "the new black"

President Obama is flinging the race card around so carelessly in the run-up to the midterm election on Nov. 2 that he's liable to put someone's eye out – possibly his own. In an interview aired on the Spanish-language channel Univision on Oct. 25, the president uttered the following words:
If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, "We're going to punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us," if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it's going to be harder and that's why I think it's so important that people focus on voting on November 2.
In encouraging the punishment of Latinos' "enemies," Obama clearly meant whites, whether directly or by association with ideological adversaries.
There's a fallacy that's been circulating for years vis-à-vis the working definition of the word "racism." Unsurprisingly, it was advanced by progressives, and unfortunately a lot of Americans bought into it. This tenet of the far left's creed holds that no one of color can effectively be a racist because they have no means by which they can implement their racism.
This, of course, exempts everyone but whites from being racist. How convenient.
For the record: Antipathy toward another ethnic group or perception of one's own as superior to others is racism. So is a belief in racial separatism. And so is pandering to people of a given ethnic group while demonizing another – as Obama was doing with Univision's Latino viewers.

A tea party refined

Just as I warned on July 4 of this year with the official release of my book "The Tea Party Manifesto," there is an active effort under way by the Washington Republican political establishment to redefine the greatest gift the GOP was ever given – the tea-party movement.
How is this done?
It is accomplished by repeating a false mantra over and over again – the tea-party movement is only concerned with economic issues.
Dick Morris, emerging quickly as one of the leading disinformation specialists in this effort, was at it again last week.
"A fundamental change is gripping the Republican grass roots as they animate the GOP surge to a major victory in the 2010 elections," he wrote in Real Clear Politics. "No longer do evangelical or social issues dominate the Republican ground troops. Now economic and fiscal issues prevail. The tea party has made the Republican Party safe for libertarians."
He continues: "There is still a litmus test for admission to the Republican Party. But no longer is it dominated by abortion, guns and gays. Now, keeping the economy free of government regulation, reducing taxation and curbing spending are the chemicals that turn the paper pink."
Normally, Dick Morris is a man in love with polls. You will notice he never cites any public opinion surveys or any other empirical data in making such assertions. There's a good reason for that. There aren't any. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=220557

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Teen Internet Addiction

What is Internet addiction or computer addiction?
Internet Addiction, otherwise known as computer addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction disorder (IAD), covers a variety of impulse-control problems, including:

Cybersex Addiction – compulsive use of Internet pornography, adult chat rooms, or adult fantasy role-play sites impacting negatively on real-life intimate relationships.
Cyber-Relationship Addiction – addiction to social networking, chat rooms and messaging to the point where virtual, online friends become more important than real-life relationships with family and friends.
Net Compulsions – such as compulsive online gaming, gambling, stock trading, or compulsive use of online auction sites such as eBay, often resulting in financial and job-related problems.
Information Overload – compulsive web surfing or database searching, leading to lower work productivity and less social interaction with family and friends.
Computer Addiction – obsessive playing of off-line computer games, such as Solitaire or Minesweeper, or obsessive computer programming.

Internet addiction, sometimes referred to as cyberspace addiction or online addiction, can manifest itself in many ways in today's teens.
If your daughter just spent an entire beautiful weekend tweaking her MySpace page, foregoing a trip with the family to an amusement park, she may be showing signs of addiction. If you checked your Internet browser's history only to find out your innocent, naïve teenage son has spent the last five afternoons accessing pornographic Web sites where the titles alone are enough to make you blush, he may be addicted.
The Internet is a seductive place, especially for today's linked-in teens who are far more likely to add graffiti to their friend's Facebook wall than they are to actually get on their bicycle and ride over to that same friend's house. You have to admit it would be a challenge to connect face-to-face with someone you've never met in person and who lives in a different time zone.
Therein lies the problem. The Internet is perfect for teens. Today's social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter let them represent themselves as whomever, or whatever, they want. Everything is edited by them, chosen specifically to present the face they want the world to see. And if they decide to change that face, then they just delete some pictures, add some new friends, and voila' - new person!
Experts say that as many as 10 percent of Internet users may be considered addicted, although some mental health professionals balk at using that term in a clinical sense. They argue that an activity can only be addictive when it causes a certain type of chemical reaction in the brain, and that's hard to determine. But when you're arguing with a teen about the amount of time she's spending online and she just can't get her paper done because her AOL Instant Messenger keeps alerting her something new and exciting is happening with her best friend, then call it what you like, it's a problem - for you, the child, and the entire family.
Many parents feel torn, though, about limiting their children's time on the computer. If a teen is struggling socially, some parents believe any human interaction, even through the computer, is preferable to none. And with teens that are risk-takers or have questionable taste in friends, some parents feel they can better monitor and keep their children safe by letting them stay home, downloading music files and creating quizzes for their Web pages. And many parents just want to avoid the tantrums, the cold shoulder, or the arguments that flare whenever the issue of computer time management comes up.
There are a couple of Web sites that you and your child can visit together to assess their level of addiction. Try the addiction quizzes at netaddiction.com or mediafamily.org. Even if you don't actually believe your child is addicted, the tests are a good way to initiate some dialogue and get them thinking about how they are spending their time.

Watching Iran go nuclear

"Iran is entitled to the peaceful use of nuclear power," she said. "They are not entitled to a nuclear-weapons program."
But Bushehr only legitimizes Iran's own enrichment activity, which is conducted deep underground and away from the prying eyes of UN nuke inspectors.
Clinton has glossed over a terrible truth: The Obama administration now considers Iran a fellow nuclear power -- one as yet unarmed, yet someday soon, perhaps, a nuclear equal, fully armed.
But the US cannot acquiesce in this -- or the whole Middle East will fall under the mullahs' sway. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/fiddling_as_iran_goes

Looking for Racism (and not finding it)

Rich Benjamin embarked on a treacherous journey into the heart of enemy territory. No, he wasn't a soldier stationed in Afghanistan. And, no, he didn't masquerade as a veiled woman in Saudi Arabia.
A black man, Benjamin lived for three months at a time in these lily-white communities: St. George, Utah; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and Forsyth County, Georgia. He anticipated a gauntlet of racial hate. And yet he describes his journey this way, in his book, Searching for Whitopia.
In St. George, I fell in with a hospitable, if rowdy, poker crew, gathering for Texas hold 'em at least twice a week. Being a proud Episcopal, I regularly attended the Sunday services at Grace Church. ... I hiked up Taylor Creek in Zion National Park with the Episcopalian Seniors social group ... http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/10/looking_for_racism_in_all_the.html

Failures, losers, liars ... hypocrites

The Christian Post reports, “a megachurch in Southeast Michigan is making a lot of people uncomfortable with its new billboard campaign that proclaims that the church is for hypocrites, losers and liars.” NorthRidge Church’s pastor, Brad Powell, is quoted in the article, saying:
"As you do ministry, you start realizing there's a false view outside of the church of what the church is – that it's [full of] people who think they're better than anyone else. And there's a false view inside the church of people outside – that they're bad… The reality is all human beings are the same. They're flawed. We're all the same inside [the church] and outside. We too are failures, losers, ... hypocrites."
So, nobody’s “bad” and nobody’s “better” – but we’re all hypocrites, losers and liars? Is that the NorthRidge message? Sounds like a social justice exercise of dialectic doubletalk designed to redistribute righteousness as needed so nobody is viewed as having any more than anyone else. http://www.newswithviews.com/PaulProctor/proctor216.htm

Commie Comics

When comics Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced their rallies on the national mall scheduled for this Saturday, they may not have expected—or wanted—an endorsement from Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. But Ayers told the Ford Motor Company-sponsored Green Festival in Washington, D.C. last Saturday that the event will be a needed respite from the “Alice in Wonderland” world of military domination of the planet and wars waged by the U.S. “empire.”
The October 30 Stewart/Colbert rallies, dubbed “Restore Sanity” and “Keep Fear Alive,” are “worth attending,” Ayers said.
Ayers’ wife, Bernardine Dohrn, once labeled a “violent maniac” by a former gang member in congressional testimony, turned deadly serious at the Green Fest in declaring that the U.S. was no longer a “hegemonic power” because of its economic decline but that its military strength was still a major problem in the world.
Sounding as anti-American as ever, Dohrn and Ayers complained about U.S. military aid to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Israel, and U.S. backing for “repressive” regimes.
Ayers, who is retiring as an education professor for the University of Illinois, encouraged the audience to focus on “community power,” such as what they can accomplish in “the classroom.” He said, “This is the only power we have access to.”
At the sparsely-attended event, Ayers declared that “education is a human right” and put his faith in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. http://www.newswithviews.com/Kincaid/cliff462.htm

Obama – Pelosi – Reid – Frank – Biden – Clinton

While every Democrat voter is not a communist yet, almost every Democrat politician is - certainly every party leader. So, why are we still pretending that there is some kind of nuanced difference between today’s Democrat Party and today’s Communists? JFK would be no more welcome in today’s DNC than Juan Williams is at NPR.
Yes, the Soviet Union fell in the 1980s thanks to Ronald Reagan breaking their bank in the arms race. Cuba, the last standing Soviet-styled communist nation, is forced lay off a million public sector employees because their bank is bust, too. Red China is on the rise, however, and Democrats have long ago introduced Marx into every facet of American society.
As Democratic Socialist of America National Director Frank Llewellyn states in his latest missive to his socialist comrades, “There are just 8 days until the election: This is not a time when progressives can stand on the sidelines.”
Note that Llewellyn did not refer to his comrades as communists, socialists or Marxists, all of which would be accurate. He referred to his comrades as “progressives.” That’s because today’s hardcore leftist is no longer considered hardcore left, but rather “progressive.” http://www.newswithviews.com/JBWilliams/williams114.htm