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Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 05:06 PM PDT

The road we've traveled

by ignatz uk

Barack Obama 5 Jan 2008:

I think the American people are hungry for something different, and can be mobilised around big changes.  Not incremental changes, not small changes … [but] if they are disaffected and cynical and fearful and told that it can’t be done then it doesn’t.  I'm running for President because I want to tell them "Yes, we can."
Barack Obama 8 March 2011:
One of the challenges of this generation is to ... marry principle to a political process that means that you don’t get 100% of what you want.  You can be honourable in politics understanding that you’re not going to get 100% of what you want.  As you guys talk to your friends about getting involved civically, don’t set up a situation where you’re guaranteed to be disappointed.
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 01:09 AM PST

Donate to a great American cause

by ignatz uk

I signed up to American Spectator's website a while ago so that I could post a comment.

It was on one of their wonderful articles about how the heaving masses of the poor should all be grateful for rich people, because of economics.

You know, one of those insightful pieces about how pleased we should all be at just how rich some people are, in case we get rich like them one day, even as they work every hour God sends to prevent this from ever happening.

So I didn't realize, but I ended up on their mailing list, and looked what turned up this morning, from R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jnr. himself:

Dear Spectator reader,

As a reader and supporter of The American Spectator, I know you are a brilliant, erudite, witty individual with a vast appreciation for history, economics, and our founding principles.

Yes, I am hoping flattery will get me somewhere. You see, I am writing today with a real, tangible need. [...]

This week, we are launching a $25,000 fundraising campaign to upgrade

Where will your money go?

    * Redesigned Website will improve the readers' Spectator experience;
    * New Server Hardware will guarantee accessibility under high traffic;
    * Digital Publishing will increase readership by providing Spectator content to iPhone, iPad, Kindle, and Android devices.

I may not understand the mechanics of these things, but I understand the importance. I hope you do too.

In order to continue providing you with outstanding wit and wisdom on the web, we need your support.

You can help. Please donate $25, $50, $100, or even $1,000 by March 11th to upgrade I promise you will see results in a few short months.

In Liberty,
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
Founder & Editor in Chief
The American Spectator

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Wed Dec 02, 2009 at 02:38 AM PST

Have we been really stupid?

by ignatz uk

Excuse me for a second while I engage in some rampant speculation.

All along we were wondering why the Democratic leadership was so desperate to bend over backwards for the centrists and Republicans on HCR.  All this time we’ve been wondering why Obama chose to take a back seat and let compromise after compromise gut his marquee policy reform, without speaking out.

What could Obama possibly want from the minority Republicans, the party of No, that he needed to allow them all this influence?

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Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 03:50 AM PST

Standards, principles

by ignatz uk

Every day we are told that we should not make the perfect the enemy of the good.  This is the Obama mantra.  I agree with this in principle, however over the last weeks it has become clear that it’s current usage has a subtle but crucial difference in meaning.  In current parlance, it means "do not make the bad the enemy of the worse".

It means "eat shit and like it".

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They have done it. There is a 27th jewel in the Republicans’ crown and a peaceful, easy feeling across their empire.

Just one day after their resounding win in the off-year elections, the Republican Party humbled President Obama again on Wednesday, as the Yankees beat Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium.

This despite wild claims that no politicians actually took part.

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So Hamid Karzai was shamed by his colonial overlords into staging a second round of the election, after a UN-backed fraud investigation stripped him of his original majority.

This was a result of intense pressure from foreign leaders, and a good talking to from John Kerry.  A triumph for democracy.

Simon Jenkins, in a great article for the Guardian, starts by pulling apart the current international scandal over the Afghan elections, and finishes by pulling apart the arrogant liberal project of nation-building.  It's excellent food for thought.  I’m going to include some quotes below the fold, and follow up on some of Jenkins’ thoughts.

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Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 10:37 PM PDT

Open Letter to Mr Markos Moulitsas

by ignatz uk

Recently, on the front page of his so-called "blog", Markos Moulitsas carried out, unbidden, a public discussion of his nationality and ethnic identification.

Mr Moulitsas’ piece opened with this passage that has left many perplexed:

Yup, there are a lot of us Salvadorans in this country, over 1 million (while El Salvador itself has 7 million). Technically, I don't fit in this stat, since I was born in Chicago, but whatever.

I have taken the liberty of highlighting the salient details.

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It turns out that your elected representatives are keen social networkers...

Sarah Palin joined the group Real Americans against Euthanizing Babies and Communist Takeovers of Real America, also

Barack Obama joined the group Fake Americans for Communist Takeover of Real America


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Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 03:40 AM PDT


by ignatz uk

I just heard the craziest news that I don’t see getting diaried here!  I hate to use the word "breaking", but... BREAKING!

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I’d like to give you my perspective on health care and health insurance as both a Brit who’s used the UK National Health Service (NHS) for 34 years and as someone who worked in private health insurance for more than 5 years.

Here’s my thoughtful, reasoned advice to US legislators:

What the fuck are you doing?  Enact single payer already, you morons!

But failing that, at least give America a strong public plan and - finally – the kind of health care the number one economy deserves.

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Thu May 14, 2009 at 03:22 AM PDT

The Outsiders

by ignatz uk

Adding my voice to Blueness and Cenk Uguyr

There are legitimate fears, especially among those with family in the conflict zones, that new images of American torture will result in renewed attacks on American troops, and the recruitment of thousands of new terrorists.

However, this is an example of the kind of short-term, US-centric, "us and them" thinking that ensures America will continue to blunder into bad foreign policy decisions.  I make a plea to Americans to broaden their perspective, and in this globalized age, truly think like global citizens.

When you do that, you come to understand the publication of the images as a moral necessity.

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100,000 Sri Lankan civilians tonight are trapped in a strip of land roughly the same size as Central Park, caught between the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) and the SLA (Sri Lankan Army) in the endgame to the 25-year civil war.

The LTTE is staring at defeat.  In its public statements, the government has promised that it will wipe them out altogether, and for their part, the LTTE will be absolutely prepared to fight to the death.  Both sides appear to be interested in taking out as many civilians as possible in a final bloodbath.

Here's a quick briefing on the situation for those who are interested.  This is all information I have picked up from being in Sri Lanka, and from contacts in the aid sector here.  As a result there are no links, and some of this isn't in the news.  Sri Lanka is a dangerous place for those who try to get information out.  Ask me specifics in comments, I can try to find official sources.

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