“It seems to me that the regulative idea that we heirs of the Enlightenment, we Socratists, most frequently use to criticize the conduct of various conversational partners is that of ‘needing education in order to outgrow their primitive fear, hatreds, and superstitions’ ... It is a concept which I, like most Americans who teach humanities or social science in colleges and universities, invoke when we try to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic, religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like our own ... The fundamentalist parents of our fundamentalist students think that the entire ‘American liberal establishment’ is engaged in a conspiracy. The parents have a point. Their point is that we liberal teachers no more feel in a symmetrical communication situation when we talk with bigots than do kindergarten teachers talking with their students ... When we American college teachers encounter religious fundamentalists, we do not consider the possibility of reformulating our own practices of justification so as to give more weight to the authority of the Christian scriptures. Instead, we do our best to convince these students of the benefits of secularization. We assign first-person accounts of growing up homosexual to our homophobic students for the same reasons that German schoolteachers in the postwar period assigned The Diary of Anne Frank... You have to be educated in order to be ... a participant in our conversation ... So we are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable. We are not so inclusivist as to tolerate intolerance such as yours ... I don’t see anything herrschaftsfrei [domination free] about my handling of my fundamentalist students. Rather, I think those students are lucky to find themselves under the benevolent herrschaft [domination] of people like me, and to have escaped the grip of their frightening, vicious, dangerous parents ... I am just as provincial and contextualist as the Nazi teachers who made their students read Der Stürmer; the only difference is that I serve a better cause.” --Richard M. Rorty (1931-2007), Left-wing philosophy professor
THE NARRATIVE AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
“Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.” -George Orwell
Monday, December 9, 2013
The Latest IRS Power Grab: The left wants the disclosure of private information about conservative donors
"Fixed" ObamaCare Site Still Fails Hundreds of Thousands of Americans
ObamaCare Website Users Say Site Led Them to Phishing Page
Messaging Isn't the Problem. It's ObamaCare Itself...
Obama's Democrat enemies
The Democrat Party has no more centrists
Obama's foreign policy failures
Big Labor's Big Mac Attack!
About That Jobs Report...
Kool-aid Guzzling Dems "Confident" the Worst Is Over for ObamaCare Debacle
Greg welcomes guests Sherrod Small, Kirsten Haglund and Buck Sexton.
Among 'Obama Coalition,' Obama approval plunges
President Obama won re-election with the rock-solid support of what has become known as the "Obama Coalition" -- young people, minorities, women, and low-income voters. Without a firm foundation -- and high turnout -- among those groups, Obama would not be in the White House today.
Now, little more than a year after the president's re-election, his job approval rating has fallen among all segments of the American electorate. But it has fallen the most among those who did the most to elect him.
For example, according to a new Gallup compilation, Obama's job approval rating among Hispanic Americans has plunged from 75 percent in December 2012 to 52 percent today -- a drop of 23 percentage points, the sharpest decline among any voter group. Among Americans who make less than $24,000 a year, the president's approval rating has fallen from 64 percent last December to 46 percent today. Among Americans 18 to 29 years of age, it has fallen from 61 percent to 46 percent. Among women, it has fallen from 57 percent to 43 percent.
The only key part of the Obama Coalition that did not experience a double-digit drop in support for the president is black Americans, although his support is down there, too -- from 92 percent last December to 83 percent today.
For Democrats, a successful Obama second term, followed by the election of a Democrat to the White House in 2016, depend on keeping the Obama Coalition together. But the Gallup numbers suggest the president's coalition is already falling apart. That could be a critical development for the next three years, and could have a huge effect when the next presidential election comes around.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Remember: December 7, 1941
Impeachment Lessons: It's a political remedy, not a legal one
Feds: On second thought, maybe you shouldn't use paper applications to sign up for ObamaCare either
Media Tires of White House's Selective Release of ObamaCare Data
Dem Strategist: Selective Release of ObamaCare Data May Backfire
Agreeing with Pope Francis
Rand Paul's Detroit speech revives Jack Kemp's optimism, calls for Freedom Zones to unshackle dire city
Media Blames GOP for Apartheid
Professor Shannon Gibney Reprimanded for Singling Out White Students During 'Structural Racism' Lecture
Carrie Underwood's Family-friendly 'Sound of Music' leaves Lady Gaga and Muppets in rear view mirror
The Solstice approaches. Every day, the sun dips lower in the south, and every day its time above the horizon decreases. It's dark, and it gets darker every day.
There's not a person reading these words who, raised with an understanding that Freedom is not the default state of man but rather a force field against tyranny that must be maintained every day through effort and hard work – there's not one among you that does not look out into the free land that was handed to us by our ancestors with dismay, and the same sense of unfocused dread that a thousand generations felt as the sun dipped ever lower, day by day – because this time, perhaps, it will not climb again.
The history of mankind has been to rule and to be ruled. For reasons that you and I will never understand, there exists in some people an insatiable desire to tell other people what to do; to bend others to their will. I suspect that every single one of those hearts is filled with a dread, a genuine horror, at the wasteland of their own emptiness, and so the bombast and the narcissism and the arrogance; the legions of fainting faithful and the roar of the applause; the reflections, the logos, the insertion of themselves into every event in history; the mind-numbing obsession with power – all of these, I think, are just shovels full of coal being pitched into the bottomless furnace of their own self-hatred.Read the the rest at Bill's Common Sense Resistance
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Islamic Jihad on Christian Nuns: A History
The Global War on Christians
Obama Uses IRS to Eliminate His Enemies
Uh oh: House Democrats ready to blow up Dear Leader's nuclear
An Education in College "Justice" - Under pressure from the Obama regime, a university tramples the rights of the accused
Dirty Pool: The rise of secretarial journalism
Health Officials Knew Small Business Exchange Wouldn't Be Ready
Report: State Exchanges Experiencing Back-End Problems, As Well
Previews of the Democrats' Coming Meltdown
Klinsmann: USA Not 'Underdogs' in World Cup Group with Portugal, Germany, Ghana
Rep. Blackburn: GOP Must Embrace 'Female Perspective'
"It is unfortunate for the Republican Party that we only have 19 women in the House and we only have one female that holds a gavel."
Blackburn agreed with House Speaker John Boehner who said this week that Republicans must learn to be more sensitive to women.
"The speaker is right. It's not really sensitivity training, it's awareness training and it is education training to think of how you approach a female point of view and a male point of view of every issue," she said.
"It's not that dissimilar to what you have seen happen in corporation after corporation around this country. They have looked for female board members where they do targeted, focused marketing on how women react to different [issues]."Here's a video of Blackburn's Thursday Google Hangout in which she speaks with four of her constituents who are also victims of the ObamaCare debacle.
Greg welcomes guests Terry Schappert, Tracy Quan, and Richard Grenell.
Paul Ryan Increasing Power in House
On Friday, it was reported that Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray were "just a few billion" dollars apart on a 2-year budget deal. The two Budget Committee chairs are expected to work through the weekend to finalize a deal that is expected to replace some of the sequester cuts and, possibly, raise government revenue. Even if a budget deal passes Congress, it would be up to the appropriations committees to enact the deal. Still, the closeness of a deal represents a significant shift from the past few years, when Congress failed to pass even a budget framework. It also represents Ryan's growing power in the House.
The House Republican caucus gives Rep. Ryan considerable sway over all budget matters. For the past several years, almost unilaterally, he has crafted the caucus's policies on spending and entitlements. Unusually, Ryan also holds a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which sets tax and entitlement policy. House Republicans even gave Ryan a waiver on committee chair term limits so he could continue to run the Budget Committee. No other chair was given such a waiver.
To a certain extent, this isn't surprising. Ryan has long been considered a policy wonk on fiscal matters. He has a detailed understanding of the America's long-term budget challenges and understands the trade-offs necessary for a viable solution. Ryan, however, is emerging as a leader on issues outside fiscal issues.
Friday, December 6, 2013
FAIL: ObamaCare Website Still Not Accepting Online Payments
Wait. WHAT?: Feds not required to report security breaches of ObamaCare exchange website
Obama's Inequality Prescription: Cronyism, Generational Theft, and Massive Debt
Washington Post: Obama polling is worse than its topline looks
Common Core: Its Roots Lie in Ties Between Barack Obama, Bill Ayers
Abortion Group Faces Lawsuit for Posting Pro-Lifers' Home Addresses, Numbers Online
Planned Parenthood employee arrested for sexual battery after fondling patient, police say
Scott Walker's Democrat Challenger Hires Violent Union Activist
No, Pope Francis is not the Catholic Obama
The very thin skin of Elizabeth Warren
From the TruthRevolt mission statement:
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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Greg welcomes guests Will Rahn, Imogen Lloyd Webber and Tom Shillue.
Taming The Fury Of Rage: How Not To Write, Starring Slate’s Matt Yglesias http://t.co/0eSq96eHrl
— The Federalist (@FDRLST) December 3, 2013
.@mattyglesias @FDRLST Mocking shoddy writers and lazy liberal thinkers is less a niche and more of a bottomless well.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 3, 2013
Waterloo: Obama now below 40 percent approval on nearly EVERY issue polled
The Liberal God Dies Again
Pew Poll: Support for Non-Interventionism Reaches Highest Point in Nearly Five Decades
Administration Finalizes Obamacare Tax Over Holiday Weekend
How To Opt Out Of ObamaCare
Gov. Scott Walker's record puts him in the running
CBS's Attkisson Pounds White House For Withholding Information About ObamaCare Website
If you want someone to listen to you on race, you don't start by likening him to a slaveowner
Progressive: New York Democrat Blames Knock-Out Game on "Jews With Bags of Money"
BuzzFeed, HuffPo's New Business Model: Drive Traffic with Hoaxes
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Pope Francis has asked for prayer for the Orthodox nuns of the convent of Santa Tecla, in Maaloula, who "two days ago were forcibly abducted by armed men. Pray for these sisters and for all the people who have been kidnapped as a result of the ongoing conflict . We must continue to pray and work together for peace, entrusting ourselves to Mary."
The nuns are reported to be in good condition, as is Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, who was kidnapped in July. But a motive for holding the religious non-combatants has emerged:
Syrian rebels want to use nuns "kidnapped" from their Maalula convent north of Damascus as "human shields," pro-regime daily Al-Watan said on Wednesday.While initial reporting indicated that 12 nuns had been taken, it appears that the actual number is "only" five:
For the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch "the five nuns from the Monastery of St Thecla (Maaloula) have reached Yabrud and are in good condition; however, nothing is known as yet as to why Islamist rebels took them or when they will be released."
Islamist rebels have been holding the five nuns - not 12 as initially reported - since Monday after bursting into the monastery and forcing them to go with them to Yabrud, some 80 km north of Damascus. Now 35 sisters are left in St. Thecla.
Meanwhile, in the small town, the cradle of Syrian Christianity, Islamist rebels have started setting fire to all the houses owned by Christians.
"No one is left in Maaloula. Those who fled are pained over these attacks. Residents are listening helplessly at reports about the destruction of their homes," said local sources, anonymous for security reasons.
Such actions, sources note, are the result of "anti-Christian hatred by Muslim extremists" and are "unrelated to the war."
In recent days, extremists led by fighters from the Jabat al-Nusra militia have posted graphic videos of their attacks and summary executions on social networks.The ongoing crisis in Maaloula highlights how difficult it can be to get good information since the Western media tend to ignore the story:
However, how hard is it to cover the actual statements of major churches and, at times, even the Vatican? I realize that this can lead to unbalanced coverage, if these Western voices are quoted in isolation. I get that. However, what I don't understand is journalists with major organizations - such as the Associated Press - failing to cover the basics on life-and-death stories of interest to many readers.
At the moment, Eastern Orthodox listservs and parish websites are buzzing with some horrifying news from the highly symbolic town of Maaloula (click here for a column I wrote on earlier events in the fighting there).The author goes on to point out some details that the media is apparently reluctant to discuss:
By the way, what is the name of the other convent led by Nabhan? (The answer, I assume, is Our Lady of Saidnaya.) Why not tell readers the religious tradition that is involved here? And what is the name of the besieged facility in Maaloula, which just happens to be one of the most symbolic Christian sites in the Middle East (and thus, the world)?
And what are we to make with the "three days of fighting" reference? Maaloula has been under siege for weeks, if not months. And why is this town so important to "opposition fighters" and "rebels?" Why is it so important to overthrow an ancient institution containing some nuns and lots of orphans?The answer, at least in part, for why the American media is reluctant to report the facts on the ground would be that the U.S. is arming and training the jihadists. As usual, the policy fiascoes of the Obama Regime must be downplayed or ignored altogether.
Greg welcomes guests Lauren Sivan, Rich Vos and Remy Munasifi.
Orders for mistletoe pour in after Oregon girl told she can't sell them, but can beg for money at city park
It appears the Oregon girl who was told she could not sell mistletoe in a public park, but could beg for money to pay for her braces, will be able to pay for dental work...and then some.
Hundreds of mistletoe orders have poured in after reports of 11-year-old Madison Root being told by a security guard that she cannot sell the item at a public park, but she could, if she wanted to, beg for money, KATU.com reported.
Root, who was selling the classic Christmas staple to earn enough money to pay for her new braces, also received $1,000 from a local entrepreneur as "seed money" for her mistletoe operations.
She was with her father at the time next to the Skidmore Fountain in downtown Portland, where the city holds a weekly market. A security guard told her that she had to stop selling due to a city ordinance that bans such activity in a park "except as expressly permitted under the terms of a lease, concession or permit," KATU.com reported.
"I don't want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg," Madison told KATU. "It's crazy. People can get money for pot. But I can't get money for braces. I'm working for this! They're just sitting down on their butts all day asking for pot."
ObamaCare: Hackers in, garbage out
Obama on ObamaCare: There's no way we're repealing this boondoggle while I'm president, America
Obama Promotes ObamaCare, Reality Fails To Intrude
Obama's Picture Perfect Propaganda
Family of Six-Year-Old Cancer Patient Loses Coverage, Now Faces Soaring Premiums
ObamaCare merry-go-round: Regulations, subsidies, taxes, more subsidies
China Threatens Japan Ahead of Biden Trip
Hillary, or Warren? Get Ready for Democrat Party's Tilt to the Far Left
Say Merry Christmas and annoy a Liberal
Breitbart News Continues Expansion, Adds Journalists Jeff Poor, Frances Martel
Via Real Clear Politics, it's the first time that Obama's average approval rating has dropped below 40%.
Obama's Approval Rating Sinks to 30s, Past 'Psychological Threshold'
President Barack Obama's approval rating sank into the 30s Tuesday, crossing a "psychological threshold" for the first time since he took office in 2009, new poll averages showed.
According to the Real Clear Politics average, the president's rating slipped to 39.8 percent, while his disapproval number rose to 55.9 percent.
Obama posted an anemic 40 percent approval rating Monday, according to the Real Clear Politics average, but the Tuesday low was noted as Obama's crossing "the psychological threshold into the thirties," Breitbart news noted.
Obama's job approval drop has been precipitous since the beginning of the year, the Real Clear Politics averages show.
On Jan. 3, the president had a 53.4 percent approval rating, according to the RCP average graph; 42.1 percent disapproved of the president's job performance.
Obama's approval rating roughly corresponds with that of Bush's second term, The Washington Examiner noted Saturday.
Sebelius' ObamaCare plea: Don't give up on us
As more Obamacare enrollees start to visit HealthCare.gov, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has a piece of advice for them: be patient.
"To those Americans who have experienced difficulties online: Please do not give up," Sebelius wrote in a USA Today op-ed published Sunday night.
Sebelius reiterated the administration's claim that the "user experience" on HealthCare.gov, which serves as a portal to the new Obamacare marketplaces for 36 states, is dramatically better than it was when the site launched on Oct. 1. Still, she acknowledged the problems users may still face on the site, urging them to consider visiting it at off-peak hours and reiterating that help is available offline.