Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Aust National Vietnam Vet Museum
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F4 Phantom Jet
Solid, polished timber desk display model.
L 400mm, W 190 mm, H 100 mm
Australia's Longest War
Obama meets the PM of Israel.
Obama meets Saudi King.
Obama meets Hugo Chavez (HO/AFP/Getty photo via Times of UK)
Obama meets Bibi (photo by Doug Mills/New York Times)
Answers: Israel voted with the US 86.4% of the time in the UN in 2007. Saudi Arabia agreed 9% of the time. Venezuela agreed 6.3% of the time. Israel's agreement percentage is the highest of all countries voting in the UN.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
The Altar of liberalism
I wrote another piece recently for American Thinker, a letter of amends to conservatives. In it I described why I transformed from a Berkeley leftist to a talk radio loving conservative the last 1 1/2 years. I realized the Democratic Party wasn't what I thought, that it had mutated into something mean and rough, and that I had probably been living in a fantasy world all along. I very much appreciated the outpouring of support, wisdom, and forgiveness from American Thinker readers.
Many said something to the effect of: Robin, congrats, but what in the world took you so long? So let me explain. I wasn't just your garden variety liberal who voted Democrat and that was about it. I was a true believer. A zealot. Like many leftists who had abandoned Judeo-Christian religion, I worshipped at the altar of liberalism. For instance, I never missed watching the Democratic National Convention. I watched every speech, with tissue box handy. (What kind of a freak was I anyway?) The Democratic Party symbolized hope, love, compassion, promise, everything that was good and holy in the world. I gave money, my time, my heart, my soul. I cried with joy when Democrats won; I was distraught when they lost.
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I was programmed from birth to be a devout liberal. My dad, a hard working first generation Russian Jew, would lecture me on a regular basis, "The Democrats are the party of the little people. The Republicans are the party of the rich guy." He would also get a little weepy when he watched the DNC (so that must be where I got it from). One of our rare moments of bonding was reading the newspapers together on opposite ends of the couch, interrupting each other with stories about the bad Republicans and the heroic Democrats.
When I was in high school in the early 70's in New York, I wrote impassioned essays on civil rights and on feminism. In college, in the days before universities became indoctrination factories, I searched for politically left classes, and took every one I could find. I spent years in consciousness raising groups lambasting male oppression with other angry feminists, and yelled "Two Four Six Eight, Pornography is Woman Hate," at numerous marches.
When I was 26, I parked myself in the People's Republic of Berkeley, CA, the epicenter of the far left. I came as a liberal but soon morphed into a leftist as most people here do. In Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland, and the outlying towns, there is no Republican Party. Literally. There are only Democrats running against other Democrats. I recall years ago going to vote at a time when there were separate lines for Democrats and Republicans. The Democrats' line was a mile long. The Republican's was free and clear. After we all stood there waiting for 45 minutes, a brave young man walked up to the Republican booth and quickly voted. I still recall the cackles and giggles as we pointed and stared at this odd, exotic bird that had come to perch for a brief while.
So maybe you get now how hard it was, how disorienting and destabilizing and crazy making it was, when I realized about 1 1/2 years ago that I no longer believed in liberalism. I walked around in a confused state for weeks. Being a Democrat, a liberal, a far left radical from Berkeley was a big part of my identity. So who the heck was I if I weren't a leftist? And what in the world would I do, given that my husband, all my friends, and all my psychotherapist clients were liberal and I would be public enemy #1 if I told anyone? Converting from Islam to Judaism, yet still hanging out in front of the old mosque in Kabul, probably would have been easier.
After weeks of shuffling around like a zombie, it was time to do something about it. The first step, I decided, was deprogramming myself from decades of liberal propaganda. Out went books by Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Michael Parenti, and various 9/11 conspiracy books. In came Mark Levin, Ben Stein, Ron Paul, and Ayn Rand. I heard something vaguely about Talk Radio, so I scanned my AM dial, and found Michael Savage. I was shocked and offended by his diatribes -- but also oddly intrigued. I found many others: Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Boortz, Medved, all of whom became my "sponsors" in recovery this last year. I found wonderfully insightful websites like American Thinker.
To my disbelief, the more I listened and read, the more these folks made sense. For instance, at first I couldn't understand why so many conservatives expressed concern about morality issues, like gay marriage. Berkeley is Lesbian Central, and I know many good hearted gay people. But the more I learned, the more I started getting the larger picture; that conservatives were not necessarily impugning the character of gay people, but they were alarmed at the breakdown of traditional values. If the basic structure of society goes, e.g., traditional marriage, religion, patriotism, common language, what remains? If everything becomes fluid, what is there to hold onto? Without any moral structure and traditions, a society descends into anarchy and mob rule, as it is clearly doing today.
As I educated myself, I started thinking and rethinking. I'd wake up in the middle of the night with the sudden realization that deeply held beliefs made no sense. Take the anti war stance of the left. Noble and sanctimonious and all that. But how easy it is to sit back and preach peace when you have an army defending you; to rail against the U.S. when you are protected by free speech laws; to demonize Israel, when you've never lived through the murderous pogroms of Tsarist Russia or the Holocaust. How hypocritical to lambast Big Business while you are making money from their stocks in your mutual fund portfolio (that is, until Obama took over). And how ludicrous to admire Chavez, Castro and all things socialist, when the closest experience you've had to standing on a bread line is queuing up for goat cheese/arugula pizza at Whole Foods.
And this love affair with Radical Islam -- what's up with that? I had previously thought of Islam as a quaint, folksy religion. But when I started actually reading about it, especially Dr. Phyllis Chesler's illuminating books and web site, I realized extremist Muslims were advocating some seriously scary stuff, like destroying Israel and the West. I had been oblivious of the horrendous treatment of women: the honor killings, beheadings, genital mutilation. It now seemed like the height of naivety, if not masochism, to embrace with open arms people who want to kill you. While as a liberal I was socialized to believe everyone was good, all cultures were the same, and We Are The World, We Are The Children, I began to understand that evil exists. The emergence of evil always offers warnings signs, and we ignore them at our peril.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Michael Savage - The History of Fascism
This man is brilliant and he is an important voice for the people right now......
100 of America's Darkest Days
George Galloway Gets Pwned
"Christianity is just as bad as Islam"
Glenn Beck on How to Take Our Country Back - The Civilist War
Sheer genius. I can't think of words right now, so I'm just going to tell you the players and you need to watch the video. It's a self-styled guide as to how we, as individuals, can take our country back and reclaim our individual states' sovereignty.
Included are Utah State Representative Carl Wimmer, Texas State Representative Leo Berman, and a story about Montana's new law stating that More..
Liberalism: Cruel, Corrupt, Unjust, Wasteful, Deluded - Christopher Chantrill
Friday, May 15, 2009
Al-Qaeda diversifying its alliances with Pakistani jihadist groups
"Â'During recent fighting in Bajaur, senior Pakistani officers repeatedly insisted that the local villagers had been led astray by shadowy international militants,Â' the correspondent said..." Funny how these alleged misunderstanders of Islam keep finding each other and uniting under a...
Full article: <http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026119.php>
Obama demands that Netanyahu not surprise him with Iran strike
Dictating how an ally deals with a common enemy, warning that ally not to strike against that enemy. Yet another Which-Side-Is-Obama-On Alert: "Obama warns Netanyahu: Don't surprise me with Iran strike," by Aluf Benn for Haaretz, May 14 (thanks to...
Full article: <http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026111.php>
"I fear the extinction of Christianity in Iraq and the Middle East"
More on how jihadists are driving Christians out of the Middle East. "Local Christians are torn between sounding the alarm and staying mum, unsure whether attention will reduce the problem or aggravate it by driving out those who remain." This...
Full article: <http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026108.php>
Pakistan: "The threat of the Taliban is a hanging sword above the necks of Christians"
Aside from the Taliban, "the legal system informally discriminates against non-Muslims, and in recent years Christian villages have been ransacked by Muslim mobs incited by dubious reports that a Quran had been desecrated." No problem; surely the 2 billion dollars...
Full article: <http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026102.php>
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
WW2 in colour
Monday, May 11, 2009
A harpoon missile is launched from the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook during the sinking exercise of UNITAS Gold in the Atlantic Ocean, April 29, 2009. This is the 50th anniversary of UNITAS, a multinational exercise to provide opportunities for participating nations to increase their collective ability to counter illicit maritime activities that threaten regional stability. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Patrick Grieco
B-2 & Friends
Two F-22 Raptors and a B-2 Spirit bomber deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, fly in formation over the Pacific Ocean, April 21, 2009. The occasion marks the first time F-22s and B-2s, the key national strategic stealth assets in the Air Force inventory, deployed together outside the continental United States. U.S Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald
The Detainees- 9/11
Related from American Thinker
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Weapons of Freedom
World War II Weapons Documentary film
Introductory training film of Infantry weapons from WWII
Everymans War (Trailer)
As the seasoned infantry and tank units of the German 11th Panzer 'Ghost' division move silently into position on the snowy hills around Nennig Germany ,a battle weary GI and his unit stand ready to defend the small town, a key position in the Allied advance to win the war. Outgunned and outnumbered, Sgt. Don Smith (Cole Carson) struggles to find hope and courage against overwhelming odds in one of the decisive confrontations in the '
Warriors...In Their Own Words ( Trailer )
What does it take to be a Warrior? Who fights for our freedom? Why do they do it? Hear it in their own words. Stories of Courage, Honor, Love.
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Hirsi Ali: Lily-livered Europe has surrendered to Muslim bigots
Watching a civilization in decline In this superb piece, freedom fighter Ayaan Hirsi Ali chronicles Europe's confusion, demoralization and Islamization. "It's time lily-livered Europe stood up to Muslim bigots," by Ayaan Hirsi Ali in The First Post, May 5...
Full article: <http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026006.php>
Melanie Phillips: Obama preparing to throw Israel under the bus
The incomparable Melanie Phillips analyzes the "moral sickness of the West" as it plays out in Obama's looming betrayal of Israel. "Obama prepares to throw Israel under the bus," in The Spectator, May 6 (thanks to Doris): As predicted here...
Full article: <http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026009.php>
Italy: 60% of mosques "run by fanatical imams"
Not surprising considering a letter from none other than Osama bin Laden was once found in an Italian mosque. Beware of halal butchers too: " While only 5% of Muslim immigrants attend mosque prayers, many more Muslims buy halal meat...
Full article: <http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026001.php>
UK: Jihadist who called for beheading of any Muslim in the British Army freed from jail early
They won't let Geert Wilders or Michael Savage into the country, but this jihadist, who wants to destroy the British state, is free. Absurd Britannia Alert: "Radical preacher Abu Izzadeen freed from jail early," from the Telegraph, May 6 (thanks...
Full article: <http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026005.php>
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Spencer: When Sharia Comes
In Human Events today I recount recent events in
It is a case of happy timing. Barack Obama’s nominee as Legal Adviser of the State Department, Harold Koh, has said that he has no objection to Islamic Sharia law being applied “in an appropriate case” in the United States. And at the same time, the world is witness to a veritable laboratory experiment of what it means to apply Sharia in a place where it previously had not been in effect.
While Koh, of course, probably has in mind something like the voluntary Sharia arbitration courts that are currently operating in