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Freeper Literature Reaching New Heights – Cliff’s Pick

There is little grace or beauty in the Obama-Hating crowd. For they are generally dull and uninformed people.

This comment posted on TheDonovan (Johan Goldberg Fans) struck me as uniquely articulate as it is incredulous.  Extra points for writing skills.

A must read.

Eric,

If by ‘concrete-headed, ignorant, and arrogant group of people,’ you mean those of us who were (and remain) unimaginably pissed off by the unjustified 9/11 attacks on our country, and by the pussified, back-biting, loathsome egoism of the failing-state Eurabians and their US-wannabee-but-can’t-stand-themselves for-it cousins, the Canadians, I can only say I’m glad to be counted among them. Moreover, everyone across the water or the border who doesn’t like it can just kiss my ‘concrete-headed, ignorant, and arrogant’ American a$$.

It may look like strength to people who have no courage, no dignity, and no history of standing up for themselves or taking care of themselves, but from here it looks like little ‘Bama-boy’s taken the ‘please don’t hurt me’ approach to dealing with mean people and bullies. He may have a plan, and he may be following a script designed to play well in washed-up old Europe or among the inbred-misogynists of the middle east or in dying Russia, but most Americans see Europe and even Canada as the Lands of Lost….well…Everything. For many of us, the rest of the West has no strength, no dignity, no reason even to exist, except to take without giving, to demean without leading–to serve as nothing but an example of the decrepitude and self-pitying, pap-eating, soylent green future the rest of the world will face if it follows the same self-destructive path.

And people wonder why I am so totally for open immigration? How could anyone who can think or see what is happening to Europe, Russia, Canada, and Japan not be!

You know, a very smart fellow named Thomas Cahill wrote an excellent book titled “How the Irish Saved Civilization,” in which he discusses how Ireland became the storehouse of western knowledge and culture during the dark ages. It may be a bit of stretch to say so, but as I see it, most of the West is facing another dark ages, except it won’t recover from this one because all the life–the core essence of humanity that fuels our survival–has finally been all but bred out of the overly nice, overly peace-loving peoples of the Western world.

And the US? Well, if we don’t allow ourselves to become like the continental Europeans, if we keep encouraging immigration and letting our nation evolve as new peoples and new bloodlines are added to it, the US will survive intact and probably even prosper. And the connection to Cahill’s book is this: I see the US taking on the role of Ireland during the dark ages. All of us here today, regardless of our status or caste are descended from the smart and the tough who left those old places to find better places. We all carry within us what I’ve heard referred to as the ‘warrior’ gene, which in this case means the essence of that inner fire that makes people fight to survive–the drive that God put in all the strongest species on the planet. If the West falls into ruin and decay, it damn sure won’t be because the U.S. took it there, it’ll be because the old world finally collapsed in on itself, just as the Warsaw pact did in the ’90s

In fact, I suspect India and China are evolving toward primacy on Earth, but the US will be there too, only we’ll be there alone of the western nations (except maybe Britain and Germany, both of which may still have it in themselves to fight their way back from the brink of dissolution). As for the rest, I suspect these are the end days, give or take 100 years, which is really funny considering how the rest of the world looks at the US with disdain and loathing. Personally, I’d say they need to look to themselves and forget about us because the barbarians are hammering at the gates again, only this time they’re bringing babies and a religion that says ‘Europe is a disease. Islam is the cure.’

And finally, although I hate to see Islam win, I can’t say I mind the idea of Europe losing. Maybe it’s time for some new management over there, and the reign of some people who–if nothing else–don’t think of themselves as too smart or too intelligent to talk to God, or too cool to even allow for his existance.  People who may not agree with our choice of God, but who also don’t mock us as ignorant hicks for believing, the way most Europeans do.

And you say we’ve a group of “concrete-headed, ignorant, and arrogant” people?  Yeah, pot and kettle to me, my friend… pot & kettle.

VR

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Secret Temple Ceremony Goes Hollywood

So what’s the big kerfuffle about HBO’s Big Love showing an LDS Temple Wedding? Personally, I think I deserve to see one.  Its time we knew if peyote is involved.

I have been to invited to enough LDS Temple wedding receptions to well-appreciate the enigma of celebrating a wedding to which I am persona non-grata.  And I have calmed more than a few parents also rejected by the sanctioning authority of an offspring’s marriage.

CJ, an old friend of mine who did me proud serving in Iraq happens to be a non-Utah Mormon, ain’t none too happy about it.

However, HBO has gone over the line with its decision to air an episode depicting our sacred temple ceremonies. Notice I said sacred and not secret. There is nothing secret about what we do in the temple and every worthy person in the world is capable of taking part themselves.

But the fact is that these ceremonies are very sacred and do NOT belong in the public spotlight. It is a flagrant attack on our religion to disrespect our beliefs in such a way. The network relied on excommunicated members and critics of the church for their research into the subject and never asked for church permission in airing this episode.  

CJ was army intelligence. It was his quodian resposibility to select which Iraqi families would get a late-night no-knock home invasion.

CJ’s clarity about the righteousness of both still troubles me.

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Just Another Day in Iraq

I’m not in the habit of quoting at length from other blogs, but I haven’t got the ability to say this any better. The following is straight from CTuttle on the excellent site Main and Central.

“I’d like to indulge in a little exercise, let’s take a gander at several news reports on the same incident and then decide which is more accurate…

Here’s one version

Meanwhile, Iraqi officials said a U.S. airstrike killed four members of a family north of Baghdad early Wednesday. Iraqi and U.S. officials provided conflicting accounts of the incident.

Capt. Ahmed al-Azwawi, a police official in Samra, a village about seven miles south of Tikrit, said U.S. troops were conducting an operation in the area when a man fired shots in the air with an AK-47.

Azwawi said the man, who sold propane gas for a living, was afraid thieves were in the vicinity.

U.S. soldiers then retreated and called in an airstrike, Azwawi said, killing the man, his wife, and two of their children.

Here’s another version from the ‘official’ MNF-I web site

A U.S. military statement said troops opened fire after an armed man refused to surrender and began “to move quickly with his weapon into a confrontational position.”

Same incident, different versions…

Here’s another take on it…

BAGHDAD: Six members of a family were killed yesterday when a US jet destroyed their house in Iraq.Four children, aged between four and 11, were among the dead in the attack near the northern town of Tikrit, Iraqi police said. However, the US military made no mention of the civilian deaths and said the house was attacked after troops took small arms fire.

It is truly sickening that we can’t seem to acknowledge our f*ck-ups…”

Note: this incident is an apparent violation of the law of land warfare, which is by definition a war crime. War crimes are being committed every day in Iraq. I do not like to write about this, it breaks my heart. The only way to end it is to tell the truth about what’s happening.

In anticipation of the comments: Yes, war crimes are committed every day in Iraq. It doesn’t always make the American news, but you can check Iraq Body Count or Iraq Today. I do think more atrocities can be attributed to insurgents and militias in Iraq, however none of this would be happening if the USA hadn’t invaded and occupied the country. Regardless of the actions of others, the U.S. military is responsible for its own actions.

Related One Utah Post:
US soldiers deployed in ‘atrocity producing situations’ (June 9, 2008)

Iraq NewsLadder

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Sadr City and The Folly of Fixed Fortifications

Fixed fortifications are monuments to man’s stupidity.
General George S. Patton, Jr.

Guarding the Sadr City wall
U.S. Army soldiers from 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division guard construction of a concrete wall running through the Shiite enclave of Sadr City, Baghdad, on Sunday, May 4, 2008.

Why is the U.S. Army building a wall in Sadr City? To separate the southern portion of this section of Baghdad from the Mahdi Army-controlled north, according to Bill Roggio of The Long War Journal. That’s right, even after the so-called “surge,” which made 2007 the bloodiest year of the war, the occupation forces still aren’t strong enough to control all of Iraq’s capital.

The main reason for the wall is tactical. The other side is beyond mortar range of the Green Zone, 7 kilometers away. But the Mahdi Army’s Iranian-made 107mm Katyusha rockets have an effective range of 9 km, and their 122mm rockets can do better than that. Also, there is very little to prevent Mahdi Army rocket and mortar teams from displacing to firing locations outside Sadr City.

How’s that wall coming along? After a month, it’s only half finished according to NBC’s Richard Engel. It’s being built under fire the whole way, because the enemy always knows exactly where our soldiers are. Sometimes, the firefights are so fierce they can only put up eight wall sections in a day. The wall is creating a swath of destruction as one building after another becomes a military target.

Iraq NewsLadder

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Maliciousness

Men die, but ideas live forever. It sounds nice, anyway and even provides a good storyline for movies like “V for Vendetta”, but centuries ago, pharos histories were removed from stone by vindictive or insecure proprietors of power. An ancient “Freedom of Information Act” would have preserved a much richer understanding of history then we now have.

It’s no mistake that the present administration attacked FOIA as one of it’s first acts of office. Putting the burden of proof and other roadblocks in the way of information seekers prevents all but the largest of organizations from having the money or means to succeed quickly or at all, allowing important battles to die in the court of public opinion or, ah… court for that matter.

Only a group so insecure in it’s ideas, so unable to prevail in it’s arguments or so hell-bent to win would consider preventing their own countrymen the ability to participate in the discussions and actions that construct the institutions and traditions of it’s society.

Enter todays “conservatives.” Only under the rule of todays conservatives could you turn on your radio and hear the following news report:

Military Considers Recruiting & Hiring Bloggers

In media news, new questions are being raised over the relationship between the Pentagon and bloggers. Wired.com has uncovered a 2006 study written for the US Special Operations Command that suggests the military should clandestinely recruit or hire prominent bloggers. The report stated, Hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering. The report also suggested the Pentagon hack blogs that promote messages that are antithetical to US interests. The report went on to say, Hacking the site and subtly changing the messages and data, merely a few words or phrases, may be sufficient to begin destroying the blogger’s credibility with the audience.

If it’s only a few words or phrases in play here, maybe things are going to be OK. If the meaning of a blog post or thread can be switched, or a tirade turned into a felony, maybe that’s necessary to keep the American people safe. If you’re not doing anything wrong, you don’t have anything to worry about.

On the other hand… WORRY!

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Authoritarianism Revisited

I think we are reaching a nadir in the American consciousness. There are so many indicators both large and small. The surprising populist movement lead by Barack Obama is an obvious one. The changing language and focal points of the Right-Wing are another. Almost no one is left in the media nor in politics who defends Bush. Most are running FROM Bush (returns 454 results).

I long wondered how long it would take for people who voted for Bush to admit it and apologize. We began first seeing them in ’05.

Well, I am one of those “Buyer’s Remorse” republicans and I can’t think of a good way to have it rubbed in my face how wrong I was to support Shrub in Ought-Four.

But I never expected to hear self-confessed, life-long Republicans saying, “I will never vote for another Republican as long as I live” (see C-Span’s Washington Journal on almost any day). You can also find such comments all over the web these days.

I have been a Republican for 20 years , I will never vote Republican as long as I live after what I have seen George Bush get us into, I am not a Democrat either

…sometimes the democrats get too minutely detailed and wonky. but after the utter lies, disasters, greed, disregard for working and middle class people and incompetence of the bush-cheney-rumsfeld-wolfowitz-rightwing-aipac era, i’ll take ANY of the democrats up there now and I will never vote republican again in my life!

An exact Google search on “I will never vote republican again” returns over 2000 results. Try a few variations and you’ll find hundreds of thousands!

I’ve decided to begin to build a links list of source material and references (see homepage sidebar) to serve this kairos moment, to help educate us all on this kind of mental illness, this stifling fear of change, this tribal conformity — which lurks in the nicest people — called Authoritarianism. OneUtah authors were among the first to write about it in this genre.

One of the references I found is from Wikipedia and, I think, should ring true for many Americans and many Utahns in the news and not in the news these days.

From here:

Research has discovered a wide range of Right-Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) scale relationships over the years, which can be organized into four general categories. (The Authoritarian Specter)

1: Faulty reasoning — RWAs are more likely to: Read the rest of this entry »

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You Know Who YOU Are

You live here, here, here, here and everywhere.Bill O’Reilly

The BEAST 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007

9. You

Charges: You believe in freedom of speech, until someone says something that offends you. You suddenly give a damn about border integrity, because the automated voice system at your pharmacy asked you to press 9 for Spanish. You cling to every scrap of bullshit you can find to support your ludicrous belief system, and reject all empirical evidence to the contrary. You know the difference between patriotism and nationalism — it’s nationalism when foreigners do it. You hate anyone who seems smarter than you. You care more about zygotes than actual people. You love to blame people for their misfortunes, even if it means screwing yourself over. You still think Republicans favor limited government. Your knowledge of politics and government are dwarfed by your concern for Britney Spears’ children. You think buying Chinese goods stimulates our economy. You think you’re going to get universal health care. You tolerate the phrase “enhanced interrogation techniques.” You think the government is actually trying to improve education. You think watching CNN makes you smarter. You think two parties is enough. You can’t spell. You think $9 trillion in debt is manageable. You believe in an afterlife for the sole reason that you don’t want to die. You think lowering taxes raises revenue. You think the economy’s doing well. You’re an idiot.

Exhibit A: You couldn’t get enough Anna Nicole Smith coverage.

Sentence: A gradual decline into abject poverty as you continue to vote against your own self-interest. Death by an easily treated disorder that your health insurance doesn’t cover. You deserve it, chump.

Thanks as always to Norm at OneGoodMove.

And for those of you who fit the description above, and you know who you are, you also think those of us who hate Bush (#1) never criticize democrats and liberals. Wrong again. Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid are #5.

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Is Fallujah Safer Than New York City?

Fallujah, Iraq lies in ruins. In the fight to take the city three years ago, U.S. forces reportedly damaged 60% of the city’s buildings, with 20% totally demolished including 60 of the city’s mosques. Of the city’s 50,000 homes, 36,000 were destroyed.

Ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant. “They made a desert and called it peace,” historian Gaius Cornelius Tacitus wrote about the Roman occupation of Britain. Can that approach work in Iraq?

Right-wing war blogger and freelance journalist Michael J. Totten is embedded with the U.S. Marines in Fallujah, Iraq and gives us this report:.

FALLUJAH, IRAQ – “You’re probably safer here than you are in New York City,” said Marine First Lieutenant Barry Edwards when I arrived in Fallujah. I raised my eyebrows at him skeptically. “How many people got shot at last night in New York City?” he said.

“Probably somebody,” I said.

“Yeah, probably somebody did,” he said. “Somewhere.”

Nobody was shot last night in Fallujah. No American has been shot anywhere in Fallujah since the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment rotated into the city two months ago. There have been no rocket or mortar attacks since the summer. Not a single one of the 3/5 Marines has even been wounded.

Tank vs. insurgents in Fallujah

Tank takes out a Fallujah house with 120 mm high explosive round, November 2004

1LT Edwards’ claim is pretty astounding, when you stop to consider that New York, with 8.2 million people, is one of the safest cities in America– with a crime rate equal to Provo, Utah. CNN reports that the number of New York homicides in 2007 is the lowest in 40 years. There were 411 killings as of November 26.

How does Fallujah compare? The website Iraq Body Count has the most reliable information on the death toll in Iraq. Going through their database, I compiled some statistics on Fallujah year-to-date.

Total deaths (not including U.S. troops) — 588
Killed by bombs, air strikes, rockets, mortars, hand grenades or chlorine gas — 241
Shot to death — 221
Policemen killed — 58
People killed by U.S. forces — 26

Fallujah’s pre-war population may have been around 310,000 – 350,000. Also bear in mind that for three years, Fallujah has been under a virtual lockdown. It is surrounded by checkpoints. All residents must carry biometric ID cards. Visitors are restricted.

New Yorkers are a lot better off, in my humble opinion. Oh, and so far this year three NYPD officers have lost their lives in the line of duty, compared with 58 in Fallujah.

If there is any good news in the 2007 Fallujah death toll, it’s that relatively few Iraqis were killed by U.S. forces. Unlike Baghdad and its suburbs, there was only one air strike called in by the Marines on Fallujah. Of course, the flip side of this is that 72,000 Sunni militiamen made up of “former” insurgents are now in control of Anbar Province. They are being paid not to shoot at Americans, and also have the power to make arbitrary arrests and conduct summary executions of alleged “Al Qaeda” fighters, which means anybody who gets in their way.

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What Kind of Freaks Still Support The Occupation of Iraq?

Ever wonder what kind of people still support the illegal occupation of Iraq and why?

Excepting, of course, the obvious shills for the military industrial complex, there remain a few naive folk who think themselves patriots and who can’t seem to figure out they have been lied to, betrayed, and otherwise taken for fools.

Despite the fact that I have neither read nor posted there for going on 7 months, it’s been brought to my attention that the folks over at A Soldiers Perspective (except of course the 7o% of soldiers who believe it’s time to leave Iraq) are still obsessed with me and OneUtah, or 1U as they refer to us.

For no other reason than to serve as a reminder of how these people think and how utterly in denial they remain, I give you this recent post.

Trying to Understand the Anti-War Movement

There are a lot of things I don’t understand about the anti-war movement. Their goals are often lofty and unattainable, but they push on nevertheless. I admire their determination and drive even though I feel their “mission” is beyond laughable. – Cpl M (pictured here, he’s the second guy)

Its not a bad idea to keep tabs on these guys as a reminder of how easily a minority (thank God) of loud-mouthed, uninformed, vulnerable Americans can be controlled to subvert the the very same liberties and reasoned compassion these potential murderers* think they are defending.  Just as the Nuremburg trials awakened Germans to the evil and potential evil among seemingly normal neighbors, we too must awaken to the evil among “our own.”

Here’s hoping someday they see the light and lose their petty fears and blind obedience to the authority of a coke-head monkey.

I wonder what they’d say if they knew even Daddy Bush thinks his son is a shit-stain.

PS: I haven’t read all the way though their vomit, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they’ve found an excuse to marginalize republican Senator John Warner.

* Ok, calling them murderers is a leap in some cases, though it should be noted they support the convicted US killers of Fallujah while maliciously discrediting ANY Iraq veteran who speaks out against the war. However, it is not unreasonable to suggest that these are the sort of people who would obey illegal orders to kill!

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Rich’s Pick: Main and Central

There is an excellent blog called Main and Central that is keeping up with Iraq’s War of the Bridges. The major news media are ignoring this critical development. Because of the need to maintain operational security, US commanders are understandably reluctant to talk about how many bridges are being lost.

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To Wack’a Mole or Wack ALL the Moles

…takes one to know one. Where on Earth DID Bush find this pig faced, scum-sucking, shit stain? Oh yeah, in the same festering swamp of scum from whence he himself emerged.

Frederick Kagan, the architect of Bush’s Surge has never served in combat let alone fired a weapon (kinda like this guy). He is a book worm, a virgin, and a momma’s boy.

Watch pig face “take exception” with a 6 Star General who ran the Iraq war on the ground. This goes out to all the Mibloggers who think any military people are running this war.

Download:

I wrote about this idiot here, here.

Sorry if I’m getting a little pissy on this Fourth of July holiday. I have never been so ashamed of my country and so many Americans who call themselves Patriots.

The ONLY patriotic act left is to demand IMPEACHMENT!

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Can The Knowledge of Socratic Argument Alone Save Us?

While stumbling around the web looking for some good links on Socratic Argument for Glenn, I was kissed by the Internet Goddess as only the web can do when she deposited me into a warm bath in a cyber kind of ancient Greek spa wherein dwell the kinds of minds that invented the gods and then destroyed them.

I think this is what VTSharon was trying to communicate in this remarkable exchange.

Preserving Science & Socratic Argument From Fascists & Fluffy Bunnies

There is also a tendency to think that an argument against someone’s views (particularly a Socratic one that seeks to point out contradictions) is an assertion that the person making the argument is asserting that they are right.

I recommend reading the whole thing. Its one page.

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