Hint? In one word and beginning with 'c'.
In this article at FrontPageMag.com, I read:
The abortion debate can not be decided using viability; it is untenable. Have we not described a newborn as non-viable, always?
The irreplaceable, incomparable Mark Levin discussed on his August 15, 2103 show his brilliant solution to the U.S. of A.’s dire predicament and some of the proffered arguments for avoiding any attempt.
Actually, this would make a fine WTD installment!!
The video at the link below is an exceptional example of how to guide the misguided. (I found the video in the commentary section on this HotAir.com page):
Suppose a person decides not to don blinders and that results in an unpalatable, conclusive judgment about the case and it's participants?
Is there hope? I don’t know, I don’t >dare.
Mark Levin: The Constitution’s Churchill; IRS, NSA, Obamacare, auto black boxes vindicate author of back-to-Constitution basics.
Poo-Yellow Footballs? I don't know how long it's been since I deleted their url from my bookmarks. More than a few years.
|But where are their protests, beyond simple press statements, against how the Islamic jihadists have used the texts and teachings of Islam to justify the jihad murders in Boston and London? Where are the protests against the Qur’anic texts and teachings that command jihad?|
|When destructive attacks and uncontrolled riots by immigrants are seen in both Stockholm and Malmö –respectively Sweden’s largest and third-largest cities--it is obvious that without a clear change in government policy, radical violence will only escalate and spread in Sweden. (`ɷ`)|
|Stockholm police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said Saturday 19 people were detained on the sixth straight night of violence, but there had been no hurling of rocks against officers as in previous days. [...] In Orebro, some 163 kilometres west of Stockholm, a car and a school were set on fire, and a police station was attacked. (`ɷ`)|
What's the difference between an IRS audit and "just an [IRS] audit"?
|JACKSON: ...here, again, [Michael McCurry] explained that|
Presidents stay as far away from the IRS as they can because of the
HARLESTON: Sometimes an audit is just an audit. (Big smile.)
JACKSON: Sometimes an audit is just an audit. (Smirk.)
It was high entertainment to watch this broad--and I mean that in the best way possible--to see her make a near-histrionic proclamation of unequivocal innocence, with a sweep of full-fledged eye-contact across the row of Committee members, as part of her official statement and preface to..........nothing.
The facts about Sarah Hall Ingram compel a post and have resulted in indulgence of a penchant for picking at nits.
|... The good news is that [Sarah Hall Ingram] is no longer in charge of that department. The bad news is that she has been promoted and is now the head of the IRS' Affordable Care Act office. She and her comrades could have access to all your medical records. ... (``©´´)|
To me, the bad news invalidates the good news. Is this typical of the good news/bad news routine? I don't know. Nit picked.
... the person charged with making sure IRS enforcement of tax exempt rules was even handed and non-partisan will now oversee a branch of the agency with the potential to crack down even harder on the administration's enemies.
The IRS will determine if your insurance plan meets all the coverage requirements in the law. Oh, really? It only meets the criteria if the IRS says it does. And if your politics aren't quite in line with the Democrats, who's to say what the IRS will do?
At this point, such paranoia is justified. ... (``©´´)
"Science says..."; Scientists say...
| Well, what does "fascism" mean? Obviously the term by itself means nothing. In one context it has some meaning as a tag for Mussolini, his political party, and his activities in Italy. In another context it might be used as a tag for Hitler, his party, and his political activities in Germany. The two contexts are clearly not identical, and if they are to be used one ought to speak of the Italian and German varieties as fascism1 and fascism2.|
More important than trying to find meaning in a vague abstraction is an analysis of what people believe it means. Do they agree? Are they thinking about the same referent when they hear the term or use it? I collected nearly a hundred reactions from friends and chance acquaintances during the early summer of 1937. I did not ask for a definition, but asked them to tell me what "fascism" meant to them, what kind of a picture came into their minds when they heard the term. Here are sample reactions:
Schoolteacher: A dictator suppressing all opposition.
Author: One-party government. "Outs" unrepresented.
Governess: Obtaining one's desires by sacrifice of human lives.
Lawyer: A state where the individual has no rights, hope, or future.
College student: Hitler and Mussolini.
United States senator: Deception, duplicity, and professing to do what one is not doing.
Schoolboy: War. Concentration camps. Bad treatment of workers. Something that's got to be licked.
Lawyer: A coercive capitalistic state.
Teacher: A government where you can live comfortably if you never disagree with it.
Lawyer: I don't know.
Musician: Empiricism, forced control, quackery.
Editor: Domination of big business hiding behind Hitler and Mussolini.
Short story writer: A form of government where socialism is used to perpetuate capitalism.
Housewife: Dictatorship by a man not always intelligent.
Taxi-driver: What Hitler's trying to put over. I don't like it.
Housewife: Same thing as communism.
College student: Exaggerated nationalism. The creation of artificial hatreds.
Housewife: A large Florida rattlesnake in summer.
Author: I can only answer in cuss words.
Housewife: The corporate state. Against women and workers.
Librarian: They overturn things.
Italian hairdresser: A bunch, all together.
Elevator starter: I never heard of it.
Businessman: The equivalent of the NRA.
Stenographer: Terrorism, religious intolerance, bigotry.
Social worker: Government in the interest of the majority for the purpose of accomplishing things democracy can not do.
Businessman: Egotism. One person thinks he can run everything.
Clerk: Il Duce. Oneness. Ugh!
Clerk: Mussolini's racket. All business not making money taken over by the state.
Secretary: Black shirts. I don't like it.
Author: A totalitarian state which does not pretend to aim at equalization of wealth.
Housewife: Oppression. No worse than communism.
Author: An all-powerful police force to hold up a decaying society.
Housewife: Dictatorship. President Roosevelt is a dictator, but he's not a fascist.
Journalist: Undesired government of masses by a self-seeking, fanatical minority.
Clerk: Me, one and only, and a lot of blind sheep following.
Sculptor: Chauvinism made into a religious cult and the consequent suppression of other races and religions.
Artist: An attitude toward life which I hate as violently as anything I know. Why? Because it destroys everything in life I value.
Lawyer: A group which does not believe in government interference, and will overthrow the government if necessary.
Journalist: A left-wing group prepared to use force.
Advertising man: A governmental form which regards the individual as the property of the state.
Further comment is really unnecessary. It is safe to say that kindred abstractions, such as "democracy," "communism," "totalitarianism," would show a like reaction. The persons interviewed showed a dislike of "fascism," but there was little agreement as to what it meant.
This--the title--is one thing that Allan Bloom's book, The Closing of the American Mind, among others, has helped me accomplish. From page 266:
|Characteristically, Socrates lives with the essential conflicts and illustrates them, rather than trying to abolish them. In the Republic he attempts to unite citizenship with philosophy. The only possible solution is for philosophers to rule, so there would be no opposition between the city's commands and what philosophy requires, or between power and wisdom. But this outline of a solution is ironic and impossible. It only serves to show what one must live with. The regime of philosopher-kings is usually ridiculed and regarded as totalitarian, but it contains much of what we really want. Practically everyone wants reason to rule, and no one thinks a man like Socrates should be ruled by inferiors or have to adjust what he thinks to them. What the Republic actually teaches is that none of this is possible and that our situation requires both much compromise and much intransigence, great risks and few hopes. The important thing is not speaking one's own mind, but finding a way to have one's own mind.|
Does it get any better than this? I don't think so.
Is Mark Bassely Youssef, Sam Bacile, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula or whatever is his name--is he pro- or con-Islam?. By every account, the Innocence of Muslims video, film, trailer or whatever, is an unequivocal denigration of the Big Cheese of Islam--praise be to Him--or Islam itself.
|Nakoula told The Associated Press he had been involved in the production and federal authorities identified him as the man behind the film. (My bold.)|
|The man behind an anti-Muslim film[, Mark Bassely Youssef] ... was sentenced to a year in federal prison [...] Shortly after Youssef left the courtroom, his lawyer, Steven Seiden, came to the front steps of the courthouse and told reporters his client wanted to send a message.|
"The one thing he wanted me to tell all of you is President Obama may have gotten Osama bin Laden, but he didn't kill the ideology," Seiden said.
Asked what that meant, Seiden said, "I didn't ask him, and I don't know."
What is the worst form of prejudice? Do you think this a trick question considering the familiar ethnic and racial brands that seem to lurk under every rock and around every corner?
As I asked there (not here), the best question is, "Are they white enough?" (I'm quoting myself.)
This is so serious, that I won't type the subject word for this post.
There are dozens, hundreds--who can say how many?--examples of sincere or feigned spoken idiocy to be heard from the American political profession. The irreplaceable Mark Levin spoke about the following comments made by the person running for the seat vacated by the disgraced Jesse Jackson, Jr., who's name is Robin Kelly.
Did I leave out "Energy" in my ramblings?
This has remained unanswered, though not much more than a dozen persons have seen it.
Time is a word.
|1.||the sixtieth part of a minute of time.|
|2.||a moment or instant: It takes only a second to phone.||3.||the basic unit of time in the International System of Units, equal to the duration of 9,192,631,770 cycles of radiation in a transition, or energy level change, of the cesium atom. Symbol: s, S; Abbreviation: sec|
|4.||Geometry, Astronomy . the sixtieth part of a minute of angular measure, often represented by the sign ", as in 30", which is read as 30 seconds. Compare ...|
I clicky ticky and read that Robert Spencer wasn't given time at CPAC, --Mr. Spencer being another man doing heavy lifting for the rest of us at his incomparable website Jihad Watch.
[I've decided to use an improved scenario for this most important of subjects.]
B-b-b-but Schera Do, I'm still a bit unclear of your opinion on time, are you suggesting it's simply a word we use to describe ...?
It was at the age of 5 or 6, possibly, maybe, that I remember sitting outside the front of the house during summer and being struck by the thought--it was a realization--that summer ends...
I forgot to pose the question: what might have contributed to us constructing the thing we call 'Day'--other than that it is one rotation of Earth?.
"Time" does not exist.
Is it not almost self-evident that time is inextricably linked to physical processes?. It was "linked" by us as an aid for living and nothing more.
Dilemma? Is that what we call it?
I did have thoughts, or one, about taking in some of the Oscar show. I made the mistake of reading this article at American Thinker, which disabused me of these thoughts.
There is a forum on which I, recently, began posting and, naturally, stirring up the dust, if not quite making a stink.
The meteorite that landed in Russia was a grain of sand compared to Earth.
Well, we now know the reason we had to sit through the continuous "inside politics" of a portion of 1865 that is the entire film in Speilberg's Lincoln.
The reason that there have been a rash, an epidemic, really, of Lefty maniacs busting a gasket?
I heard the following two statements from the same speaker and during the same presentation:
I don't know the reason I thought of Doctor Zachary Smith's inimitable line.
I suppose there ought to be a reward, at least; some sort of thing to be taken from these...
Or divided by two? If the sum includes the "two-for", then you must divide to isolate William Jefferson's damage. While Mrs. Clinton remains on the international stage--to the perpetual disgrace of the voters of New York State--one must entertain her precise role in the following subject "quantified" by '2021', though I have no wish to explore precisely this, now.
We've been told that we can't divide by zero, that it is "undefined": the denominator of any fraction can not be zero.
On C-Span2, New Year's Day, Norman Podhoretz's appearance at the Conference On Whittaker Chambers' Witness, held November 30, 2012, was broadcast.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be able to testify before House and Senate committees next week on the Benghazi issue due to a concussion, the State Department said Saturday.(~~^~~)
Hey, that could be the name of a continuing series!
I looked all morning [November 14] and found no articles to read. I decided, for some reason, to read Pamela Geller's piece at American Thinker. In truth, I read it because of the title, Inoffensive Savagery, and thought there might be a treatment of my pet-topics, but there was none.