Friday, April 27, 2012

Next Time You Think, Think Obama!

(Thanks to Dave and Maddie.)

Discussion topic: How the Oreo cookies and the baby picture are "racist" (when used by conservatives). Discuss...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Did You Have a Happy Earth Day?

I hope you all had a good weekend, celebrating Vladimir Lenin's birthday Earth Day. Here's an alternate agenda:

Let's make this video go viral.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Earth Day is April 22

Our Hero
Earth Day was first launched nationally on the 100th birthday of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union. It is not a coincidence.

Scratch an environmentalist, and in most cases you’ll find a collectivist (communist) just beneath the surface. They’re watermelons: Green on the outside, and red on the inside. They don’t trust the free market or individual citizens to do The Right Thing™. Only by central planning and coercion will The Right Thing™ be done, on earth, as it is, um, on earth. Who gets to determine what The Right Thing™ is? Why the dictators, of course!

So, let's celebrate! (And there was much rejoicing!) Yaay.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog's Tails

If I had a dog, he'd look like this.
Mitt Romney's family takes dog on vacation. Barack Obama eats dog. Which one do you suppose the media are all excited about? Oh, sure they have some way to rationalize it. I'm sure there's a good story for both of them. The difference is, the Romney's dog survived the trip (and maybe even enjoyed it -- safely), whereas Obama's dog got eaten. Which one had the better outcome?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Alinsky's Rules For Radicals And How They Can Work For Us

This was originally posted at patriotgreg on July 23, 2009. I repost it here, fixing some typos and formatting errors:
These are the “Rules for Radicals” developed by Saul Alinsky with the purpose of establishing strategies to fight against the democratically elected governments and the free market corporations. These rules are very effective. But, ironically, the same rules can be used today by conservative patriots to fight against a socialist/communist government that is creeping into America. See how you can identify and use these rules for our cause:
  • Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have. The Tea Parties have given a hint to the government of who we are, and what we stand for. But we know we have something that they don’t, we have something that they don’t think or believe we have, and that is: resolve. We cannot afford to lose this battle because if we do, two or more generations after us will suffer dire consequences. We have no excuse to be idle and do nothing or do not enough. Can you imagine your children and your children’s children staring at you and pointing a finger at you saying “you could have done something about it and you didn’t”. Do we have what it takes to fight for us, for our children, for our country, for our Constitution? We must show and display that we are fighting a battle we cannot afford to lose, or everything is lost. Here lies our strength and our motivation. Does the government know the power we have? I am not sure it does, otherwise, it would either listen to what we have to say or take drastic measures to counterbalance our numbers and powers. On the other hand, do we know what power the government has? We have seen so far mainly executive and legislative power. But is it this all the government rely upon to balance our position or do they have powers that we are still unaware of? Where do the military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies stand? These and other questions must be answered if we are to have a real and convincing idea who and what we stand against.
  • Rule 2: Never go outside the expertise of your people. Fortunately, ours is not a small organization or group. There are millions of Americans willing to engage in this battle for the return or our nation on the path laid out by our Forefathers. There is plenty of talent and expertise, plenty of knowledge and information. If we sum it all up, we have a superior advantage upon our adversaries. And because of all this, we can concentrate our efforts on many fronts at once with the advantage on our side. But we must make sure that talent, expertise and experience is properly and effectively motivated to join our ranks and become actively involved.
  • Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Our adversaries may be experts in their fields. But they are not experts in all fields. That is where we must concentrate our efforts: identify and exploit their weaknesses. And there are plenty of them. After all, they are humans too, and they can also feel insecure, anxious, uncertain, disoriented, confused. When we manage to bring them out in the field and play by our rules, we take them away from where they feel comfortable and secure, and disrupt their wicked works. It will not be easy to engage the adversaries while they dwell in their comfortable and secure zone. And bringing them out will take ingenuity and smart tactics. But we have the means and talent to do it, and do it effectively.
  • Rule 4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. The Constitution must and should always be the rule by which we demand our adversaries abide by. There is no room for interpretations and diversion from the clear articles and amendments. We must know the rules, we must know the Constitution by heart, we must be relentless in bringing up the rules and make them live and act accordingly. Refusal to do so will place them in an uncomfortable situation that will make them weaker and weaker. If we manage to make them aware that the rules are there for them to follow and obey, they have one of two options: obey them or be removed. There are constitutional means by which we the people can hold our representatives and senators accountable for not honoring the oath of office they took when they were sworn in. And, based on the relentless and irresponsible manner in which our Constitution has been manipulated and distorted -- even ignored thus far -- we must take clear and concise action to stop them from doing more damage to our country than what they have already done. The law is on our side and we must find the proper way to enforce it.
  • Rule 5: Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. Every person has his or her weaknesses. Whenever possible, bring them up in the open, expose them and make them feel embarrassed and guilty. They are hurting us at a personal level through all the policies and measures that takes away our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. So, we must take things personally, and return the favor personally. There is no defense against being publicly ridiculed and embarrassed. It causes the most balanced person to lose control and say or make things that will go against him. An angry person acts impulsively and makes mistakes that will hurt him, his position or his agenda. A fearful person acts irrationally and is easily pushed into a position of making concessions. Our adversary’s weakness is our strength.
  • Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. The Tea Parties have been to a certain point, very enjoyable. People of all races, creeds and ages have gathered together in a manner in which they enjoyed mutual company and enjoyed the goal of their actions. American people are very creative and can make any rally or demonstration an enjoyable and effective activity. And the memories will encourage them to come back for more. There is plenty of talent and expertise to bring into the movement new ways of doing things.
  • Rule 7: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. We must do whatever is in our power to keep the pressure on, and gain more and more momentum. And we must do it in a manner that will be enjoyable. Winning is fun! There are plenty of ideas and imagination to bring new and more exciting ways to motivate us to continue the fight and do it in a manner that will encourage us to go for more.
  • Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Never let up. The April 15 Tea Parties have already become part of American history. But we cannot leave it to the history alone. We must continue to mobilize and keep the pressure on. We have gained momentum and must keep it going forward. There are other national rallies in the works, one on the 4th of July, and another in September. But in the meantime, we must organize smaller, more localized rallies and demonstrations, with focused and concentrated messages and demands. City halls, sheriffs departments, police departments, boards of education, are all valid places where we must gather and make a stand. I have suggested that every weekend from now on should be used for constant and continuous gatherings and rallies. Many people who have no idea what is going on will approach, and if we have a clear message, they will join and become new allies.
  • Rule 9: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself. Our adversaries know what our goal is. But they cannot ascertain our resolve in going after it. They believe that they have the power and the means to demoralize us and disband any rally or demonstration. They may, here and there, but they cannot be everywhere at the same time. So, we have the advantage of being decentralized and widespread movement that can make it very difficult to control. One large gathering in one place can easily be disbanded. But hundreds or thousands of smaller activities are hard to impossible to subdue.
  • Rule 10: "If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive." We must not fear repercussions. We must stand firm and not give up. Any attempts by the authorities to deprive us from our constitutional right to peacefully assemble, will gain sympathy to our cause and add numbers to our ranks. We must be consistent and firm, while peaceful and orderly. We must not fear infiltration from our adversaries to cause disorder and chaos, because if it happens, will bring more attention to our just cause. And that is something that our adversaries will try to avoid as much as possible.
  • Rule 11: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Contingency plans and alternative gatherings and rallies must be put in place. If one movement is disrupted or disbanded, we must have a predetermined alternative rallying point. We cannot lose momentum because we neglected to take into consideration the possibility of a failed or disbanded effort. All participants must be informed of alternative places of gathering and instructions must be followed. Churches or places of worship can become effective and active centers for organizing and directing the masses. Christians of all denominations must be encouraged to get involved and become active. After all, it this is also a battle for our freedom of worship, and if we fail, we all fail, including Christians. Church leaders must be willing to sacrifice their tax exempt status that keeps or prevents them from becoming politically active. If we are to accept the statistics, over 80% of the American population confesses to be Christian. That would project a number of approximately 240 million Americans. This is a force to really be reckoned with if we manage to convince them that America belongs to them too, and if we lose our battle, they will lose too by their inaction. Forget about organized religion in America which is an instrument in the hands of our adversaries. The Church as an organized body has prostituted itself with the government in exchange of money and tax exemptions. We must approach and get the local churches involved.1
  • Rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Our efforts must be focused and concentrated on specific demands and protests. Our adversaries must know well what we stand for and what we demand. Posters and signs must be consistent with the purpose of the gathering. The size, colors and styles used can vary and bring variety, but the message must be clear and concise. Nothing can hurt us more than hundreds of signs and posters each saying or demanding something different. Organizers must produce fliers describing our situation and our struggle. These fliers then must be posted online and every person having a computer, a printer and an internet connection can then download the flier and make as many prints as they can afford. These fliers, in turn, must be distributed as widely as possible, everywhere. We have the potential of printing millions and millions of fliers and distribute them in our neighborhoods, on the street corners, in parks and other public places. We can flood the country with patriotic messages and calls to become active in saving our nation from the clutches of the globalist agenda which is aiming at imposing in America a system of government that is totally anti-American and anti constitutional.

We have been pushed by our government beyond the point of no return, because we have nothing to return to other than total domination by a socialist/communist/fascist system of government that will affect several generations of Americans. This system has failed in every place or instance where it was instituted, and will fail again. But we can stop it now before it grabs all of our freedoms, or let the burden to our children and children’s children. History will judge America not for what her enemies did to her, but for what We the People failed to do when America called us into action. America belongs to Americans, and as long as there is even one man left standing to fight, America will survive. This great country was given to us by God Himself, and only God will take it away from us. Not men.

If Alinsky's rules are the new rules of the game, then we had better use them to play as effectively as the illiberal control freaks who wish to dominate us.

By contrast, here are Saul Alinsky's original rules. And here is the dedication from Alinsky's book, Rules for Radicals:

Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history... the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.

Ponder that for a second: he dedicated his book to Lucifer, A.K.A. Satan, A.K.A., the devil. Did I mention that Saul Alinsky is evil?
1I think Patriot Greg missed the point of this rule, The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. It really means, "You can't just complain; you must provide a solution." Our solution is: "Most of today's problems would be much less severe if our leaders would follow The Constitution. The Constitution is still the official specification for the United States; the binding contract between We the People and our government. Any regime that disregards or distorts it is untrustworthy and dangerous. Follow The Constitution that you took an oath to uphold and defend."

Monday, April 16, 2012

First Amendment Infringed!

Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Having blown past the idea of constitutionally limited power, the government is now infringing on The Bill of Rights -- that's the list of things that our founders said no good government should ever do. Item one, item two, item nine and item ten have been under attack for some time now.

I don't care if it's the Occupy Wall Street crowd or the tea parties. We have the right to protest. Period. This bill (HR 347) had broad support from both parties in congress. I suppose the Republicans were happy to infringe on the 99%-ers, and the Democrats were happy to infringe on the tea partiers. In the interest of keeping police cars clean, and protecting government leaders, don't you know.

This highlights a fundamental lack of understanding of The Constitution of the United States, by a majority of national leaders. Does it seem odd that the mainstream news media are completely un-curious about this?

Update: Lest you think that this is just some right wing rant, it is worth noting that the ACLU is also concerned about it, although for slightly different reasons. Where's the national dialogue?

Update II: Here's who voted, and how. It isn't the Republicans' finest hour.

Update III: The bill itself. My guess is that most reps voted for this bill without realizing the egregiousness of it. Read the bill, folks! Didn't you learn anything from ObamaCare?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

This Land Is Your Land

The melody to This Land Is Your Land has been running through my head lately -- catchy! I started to wonder, does "This land is your land, this land is my land", refer to property ownership (as in, you don't -- it belongs to all of us)? Sure enough, read some of the alternate lyrics that "composer" Woody Guthrie used from time to time.

This collectivist piece of crap was written in response to Irving Berlin's God Bless America (not one of my favorite songs either, mind you). The other thing about it that I did not know, was that this wasn't an original melody. Guthrie nicked it from somewhere else. It was an "existing" melody, as Wikipedia euphemistically puts it.

We sure could use some good classical liberal alternatives to the collectivist "folk music" claptrap that came out of the "progressive" era. Good music that has us singing all the way down the road to serfdom. We can do better.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Merchants of Despair

Reagan Vs. Obama - Social Economics 101

Remember the theme song to the '70s TV sitcom All in The Family? Well, I updated it for 2012:
Boy, the way Van Halen played
Songs that made the hit parade
Guys like us we had it made
Those were the days
And you knew who you were then
Long, long hair - and some were men!
Mister, we could use a man like Ronald Reagan again
Everybody pulled his weight
Didn't need no welfare state
Gee, our old LeMans ran great
Those were the days
In the TV show, the writers used all the tired old stereotypes to paint conservative Archie Bunker as an overbearing bigot, and Michael Stivic (Meathead) as the hip, "smart" progressive. Entertaining nonsense, it was. Great propaganda for the illiberal control freaks.

How does all this relate to the title? Click "Mister, we could use a man like Ronald Reagan again" to find out.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Suck It, Che!

Shove over, Guevara! We the People are the new counter-culture!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

What a Load of Crap!

Real Clear Politics reports on this pants-on-fire moment at the White House:
White House press secretary Jay Carney tells the press corps that President Obama's attack on the Supreme Court was misunderstood because he was speaking in "shorthand" since he is a former professor of law. (Continue reading...)
Puh-lease! Is this the best you can do? You've had a week to work on it. Tell me another!

President Obama Suggests SCOTUS "Activist" II

Writing over at Truth on the Market, Thom Lambert wrote the following:
Imagine if you picked up your morning paper to read that one of your astronomy professors had publicly questioned whether the earth, in fact, revolves around the sun.  Or suppose that one of your economics professors was quoted as saying that consumers would purchase more gasoline if the price would simply rise.  Or maybe your high school math teacher was publicly insisting that 2 + 2 = 5.  You’d be a little embarrassed, right?  You’d worry that your colleagues and friends might begin to question your astronomical, economic, or mathematical literacy. (Continue reading...)
One of the commenters on the article noted that scientists often do question established laws (in fact, the sane ones don't really, unless incontrovertible evidence draws the science into question). But then, Barack Obama isn't a scientist, and political science isn't science.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

2012 Bucket List

From an email circulating the Internet:
My Bucket List for 2012:
  • Obama: Gone
  • Borders: Closed
  • Congress: Obey its own laws 
  • Language: English 
  • Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights
  • Drug Free: Mandatory drug screening before welfare
We the people are coming!
Lest anyone think this is racist or bigoted: This used to be a nation of laws, with liberty and equal justice for all. We supposedly eliminated apartheid in the 1960s, but all we did was create new kinds of racism. If you take race into account when you do something, that is racist. Race isn't supposed to matter.

This nation used to be called a "melting pot", in which different cultures joined to become American. Today, we "celebrate diversity" and create silos, where cultural identity becomes more important than being American. The English language used to be the common element in making one great American culture. The melting pot didn't suppress other cultures, but we celebrated American culture. Today, we disparage American culture. I believe that is wrong.

For Sale: Used Farm Equipment

From an email circulating on the Internet (parody of Craig's List):

Fifty year old manure spreader - $1 ( Washington , D.C. )

Date: 2012-02-14, 10:21AM EST

Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

Fifty-year old manure spreader. Not sure of brand. Said to have been produced in Kenya . Used for a few years in Indonesia before being smuggled into the US via Hawaii . Of questionable pedigree. Does not appear to have ever been worked very hard. Apparently it was pampered by various people over the years. It doesn't work very often, but when it does it can really spread the manure and sling it for amazing distances. I am hoping to retire this manure spreader next November. But I really don't want it hanging around getting in the way. I would prefer a foreign buyer that is willing to relocate this manure spreader out of the country. I would be willing to trade this manure spreader for a nicely framed copy of the United States Constitution.

Location: Washington , D.C.

PostingID: 2834218719

Thanks to my brother-in-law for sending this email to me.

If you voted for Barack Obama in 2008 to prove you're not a racist, you need to vote for anyone else in 2012 to prove you're not an idiot.

Democrats Boycott Coke, Walmart over Voter ID Laws

According to the Washington Examiner,

Democratic officials Wednesday launched a two-pronged attack on states with new laws requiring identification before voting, the highlight being a call to boycott Coke, Walmart and others that back a leading organization pushing for voter ID laws. (Continue reading...)

Voter fraud should not be a partisan issue. If it is, then that speaks volumes about the parties, doesn’t it now?

I think we should instigate an inverse-boycott – we could call it an apricott – to show our appreciation of Wal*Mart and Coke. I'm feeling a bit thirsty, and I could use some more ammo... Annoy an illiberal control freak: buy Coke and ammo at Wal*Mart! Win-Win-Win!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

President Obama Suggests SCOTUS "Activist"

President Obama has said that it would be "activist" for the United States Supreme Court to find ObamaCare unconstitutional. He knows that conservatives dislike activist supreme court justices. He is trying to flip the definition on its head. The Supreme Court is supposed to provide checks and balances on the other two branches and vice-versa. President Obama knows that; he is demagogue-ing his head off.

The Constitution of the United States is still the official specification for the US government; the binding contract between the United States and We the People: Any regime that distorts or disregards it is untrustworthy and dangerous.

Obama noted that for years, conservatives had been arguing that the "unelected" Supreme Court should not adopt an activist approach by making rather than interpreting law, and held up the health legislation as an example. (Continue reading...)

For Emperor Algae Solyndra to suggest that the Supreme Court would be “activist” to declare a law unconstitutional when said law violates the most basic constitutional principles is ludicrous on its face. But a nation of unprincipled* voters, who would elect a poseur such as Barackula Hussein Ogabe would have no understanding of that. They would believe The One. Dangerous times indeed.

*Unprincipled doesn’t mean unscrupulous. An unprincipled person is simply someone who doesn’t understand how something is supposed to work. It would be like automobile drivers who don’t know the rules of the road. They’re a menace to everybody – including the ones who do understand the principles.