May 1966. Mitt Romney is just finishing his first—and only—year at Stanford. I’m a 32-year-old ex-Strategic Air Command navigator and intelligence officer, now an associate professor in Stanford’s English Department and something of an anti-Vietnam War activist.
ZOG Heil, I guess….
From Global Research.
By Tom Carter
Last month, the California State Assembly passed a resolution urging state educational institutions to more aggressively crack down on criticism of the State of Israel on campuses, which the resolution defines as “anti-Semitism.” The anti-democratic resolution is the latest step in the broader campaign to stifle and suppress dissent on California’s increasingly volatile campuses.
The California State Assembly is the lower house of the state legislature, consisting of 80 members. The resolution—H.R. 35: “Relative to anti-Semitism”—was passed by a vote of 66 to 80, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats in the Assembly.
Among those who think they comprise “the free world,” many speak well of keeping an open mind. In these lands many have spoken up over the centuries for a free exchange of ideas, and free speech. Modern, “Western” societies are defined in part by the adoption of such principles as fundaments. The more historically-minded have been inclined to appraise this celebrated, continuing tradition as a remarkable testament to modernity, to the triumph of Western values as vehicles of enlightenment. In those same countries of the West where progressive individuals once developed these principles with much deliberation, and envisioned these values so distinctly and firmly as to stamp them indelibly on Western thought for centuries, free ideas and free thought unquestionably remain worshipped icons of Progress today.
So, I should not be controversial at all to reiterate the above from a different angle: there are those who like the notion of the power and importance of ideas, and all the social preparations to trade them. Academic intellectuals in particular have reason to endorse such formulations professionally, to serve the reputation and impact of their own profession. But all intellectuals, in fact all who ever mull over ideas or tinker with them, have a reason: promoting grand perceptions of ideas flatters them through their pastime.
It looks like both the Democraps and Repugnicans both realize the US population has moved significantly leftward in recent years. Right on schedule.
On the symbolism front, in what even leading Democrats admit was a spectacular display of self-inflicted stupidity, they managed to scrub any mention of God from the Democratic platform. They also removed support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. When they realized how grievously idiotic these unforced errors were, they tried to fix them by amending the document. The result was an ugly moment where the delegates voted three times against, in effect, God and Jerusalem, until the chairman of the convention, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa simply steamrolled his own party like some Politburo bully.
The Democratic National Convention has been tagged with a number of womb-centric nicknames over the past couple days, including, most notably, “Abortion-palooza” and “The Vagina Monologues.” The New York Daily News mulled “The Democrats’ Big Abortion Gamble” and Fox News asked in a headline on Friday, “Has the Democratic Party become the party of abortion?”
Following the spat his post generated on this-here site, Mojo scribes a follow-up…
My post ‘Fuck white nationalists,’ which was recently reposted at Attack the System, has generated some anger from – wait for it – white nationalists!
I should reiterate that I consider many WN grievances to be legitimate, but their proposed solutions would be even worse. For more on that, see the original article.
Former President Bill Clinton tried to get former senator Ted Kennedy to endorse Hillary Clinton for president in the 2008 election by describing Barack Obama this way: “A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.”
This anecdote is revealed in a New Yorker article on the relationship between Bill Clinton and Obama:
Tim Russert told me that, according to his sources, Bill Clinton, in an effort to secure an endorsement for Hillary from Ted Kennedy, said to Kennedy, “A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.”
I have no idea whether any of this is true or not, but it would be consistent with my own understanding of Obama as a manifestation of a class revolution carried out by an upper middle class motivated by cultural leftist ideology. If indeed Obama was a Marxist revolutionary in his youth, it’s quite likely that he’s since modified his views to accommodate a social democratic version of capitalism but one with a strong cultural leftist orientation. That’s the general trajectory that the New Left has displayed and while Obama is too young to have been a radical in the 60s it is clear that it was in the offshoots of that ideological milieu that his political ideas were formed.
Two Indian men had no idea their new business would cause so much controversy; after all, it’s a simple clothing store – called “Hitler.”
Rajesh Shah said the title is a reference to his business partner’s strict uncle, who everyone dubbed “Hitler” for his authoritarian attitude.
[editor’s note: This is bizarrely cynical: it’s not the anti-gayness of it, it’s the fact that most of the leaders of the GOP have embraced gay friendly politics at tue upper levels except when they can score political points off of abusing it (see Dick Cheney’s endorsement of gay marriage “as a state issue” and his endorsement of those anti-gay politics on the ballot). So doing it with African lives, that just makes it easier. American pundits should avoid trying to score political points off of situations they do not understand and empower corrupt states. So much for the “wolf you know” argument.]
Kevin Carson has written an insightful piece on Obama’s new war on 3-D printers, and the threat they pose to a faux scarcity corporate economy. The attempt to stale creative destruction, one of the few useful forces within a capitalist economy, is not in the interest of the working class or new innovation: it is a recipe for stagnation. One should never forget who these Democrats serve: a slightly different managerial “elite” than the Republicans do, but still a managerial pseudo-elite nonetheless.
Recently a group of women in New York City (who apparently believe that space aliens visited their French leader – that is a bizarre story in itself) rallied for what they call ‘bare chest equality.’ Essentially, they want the right to go topless in public. And men in New York are not exactly lining up to fight this strange new front in the relentless march towards equality and sameness. In fact, crowds of people gathered around to stare and take pictures of the female protesters. To add another level of strangeness to the story, women already have the right to go topless in New York City, as the story linked below notes. What the women actually want is for communities and governments elsewhere to enact ‘bare chest equality.’ More…
After his great victory in Desert Storm, George H.W. Bush went before the United Nations to declare the coming of a New World Order.
The Cold War was yesterday. Communism was in its death throes. The Soviet Empire had crumbled.
The Soviet Union was disintegrating. Francis Fukuyama was writing of “The End of History.” Savants trilled about the inevitable triumph of democratic capitalism.
Yet, in 2012, sectarianism, tribalism and nationalism are all resurgent, reshaping a world where U.S. power and influence are visibly receding.
Syria is sinking into a war of all against all that may end with a breakup of the nation along ethno-sectarian lines — Arab, Druze, Kurd, Sunni, Shia and Christian. Iraq descends along the same path.
A U.S. war with Iran could end with a Kurdish enclave in Iran’s northwest tied to Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran’s Azeri north drifting toward Azerbaijan, and a Balochi enclave in the south linked to Pakistan’s largest province, Balochistan, leaving Iran only Persia.
[This article has been causing a bit of an uproar and has inspired Occupy Wall Street to announce: “If we do not confront, confound, and destroy white supremacy and the complex web this system of power exerts over every aspect of our lives, then we are lost. Any struggle for economic or political freedom will be in vein without a crystal clear intention of class, gender, sexuality and racial equity at the core of our values, principals and practice.”]
As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.
From Alternative Right: Andy Nowicki contra the humour police.
There is a kind of meta-humorous flavor to this story in the New York Times, which reports that a certain humanities instructor is in hot water after telling a dark and edgy joke to his class earlier this month: www.nytimes.com/2012/08/16/nyregion/professor-may-be-fired-for-joke-about-suspect-in-colorado-shootings.html
It seems that this twinkly-eyed but utterly luckless prof couldn’t hold back from indulging in a topical crack of questionable taste. After dimming the lights and starting up a video, he advised his students: “If someone with orange hair appears in a corner of the room, run for the exit,” an obvious reference to James Holmes, the deranged young man with bright orange hair who shot up a movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring many others, on the opening night midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado.
The email challenge came like a squirrel defiantly placing an acorn on its shoulder and daring me to knock it off: “respond to this damn article.”
The damn article was from Forbes, and I’ll be damned if the headline didn’t claim that Barack Obama was the “Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower.” The damn article came with a damn chart, which, at a second’s glance and with zero understanding of statistics, would seem to support the headline’s contention. Obama’s bar on the chart was far punier than the others, which, if you were born without a brain, would seem to suggest that he was, mais certainement, the “Smallest” spender.
LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepared to weigh into a standoff between Britain and Ecuador over his future on Sunday by speaking from a balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy where he holed up to avoid arrest by police deployed in force outside.
Ecuador has granted political asylum to the former computer hacker who incensed the United States and its allies by using his WikiLeaks website to leak hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic and military cables in 2010.
MILWAUKEE – Is a gun like a virus, a car, tobacco or alcohol? Yes say public health experts, who in the wake of recent mass shootings are calling for a fresh look at gun violence as a social disease.
Media Will Defend Biden’s Racial Gaffe By Calling
After Vice President Joe Biden’s epic gaffe in which he suggested to a largely black audience in Virginia that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wanted to “put y’all back in chains,” the mainstream media has been desperately seeking a way to shift the narrative. They’ve been unable to cope with the selection of Ryan…
Social Security Responds To Bulk Ammo Purchase & Makes Case For Armed Citizens
In light of recent articles about ammunition purchases by the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration’s own purchase of 174,000 .357 Sig 125 grain hollow point bullets, the SSA decided to come forward with an explanation for why they were purchasing the ammunition…
State Yanks Criminal Case Against Abortionists
The last 32 criminal charges against Planned Parenthood that were filed as part of a larger case brought by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline were dropped by prosecutors today, prompting outrage and a demand from a pro-life organization for the resignation of the district attorney who took over the prosecution…
Small Business Owner Sends Biden Packing – ‘You Didn’t Build That’
Chris McMurray, who just opened a ‘mom and pop’s’ bakery with his wife in May, was offered the opportunity of a lifetime. What opportunity was that, you ask? The opportunity was to host the vice president and his entourage as they came to town during the 2012 campaign. Apparently vice president Joe Biden’s advance team entered McMurray’s establishment…
Obama: I Don’t Think Anyone Would Suggest I’ve Tried To Divide
“We’re going around the country, talking about, ‘How do we put people back to work? How do we improve our schools? How do we make sure that we’re producing American energy? How do we lower our debt in a responsible way?’…
Romney’s Bain Saved Site of Obamas’ First Kiss
Bain Capital, the investment firm that Mitt Romney made famous, made a leveraged buyout that saved the site of Barack and Michelle Obamas’ first kiss. In 2005, Bain and two other private equity firms purchased Dunkin’ Brands Incorporated for $2.425 billion, according to a 2006 company press release. Dunkin’ Brands is the parent company of Baskin-Robbins…