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Entries from October 30th, 2009

The Mandatory Option

October 30th, 2009 by Mike N · Comments Off on The Mandatory Option · Socialized Medicine

For about 80 yrs now the government has been trying to be everything to everyone, trying to provide everyone with their daily bread and failing miserably. Why? Because the government has nothing to offer. All it has is its monopoly on physical force. All it can do is stand over the productive members of society […]

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The Audacity of Crooks

October 28th, 2009 by Chuck · Comments Off on The Audacity of Crooks · Uncategorized

You may have seen the quote from a recent speech by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Rocco Landesman:  . . . Barack Obama is the most powerful writer since Julius Caesar. Coming from someone whose own position of influence and power is dependent on Obama, it is hardly surprising that he is licking the boots of […]

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The Socialists are the Greedy ones!

October 28th, 2009 by Embedded I · 4 Comments · Politics

To Canadians’ great shame, it was Canada’s province of Saskatchewan that initiated socialist politics in N. America, under Tommy Douglas. Douglas brought to N. America, the unoriginal, yet winning, political trick…

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Conformity and Independence

October 27th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

If America ever declines to the point that we’re a dictatorship — and I think it is still a matter of if, not when — it will come about mostly because of two classes of people: the ignorant and the cowardly. The ignorant are those whose minds have been destroyed by government schools. After 12 […]

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Tomorrow Never Comes

October 26th, 2009 by Chuck · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Are we not men?  Or are we herbivorous sheep?  Do we have rights, or don’t we?  Are we sovereign, independent souls with our own goals and pleasures, or are we slaves of the state?  The British Climate Chief – yes, such a bureacratic position exists – feels that we should all give up meat, and he’s […]

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‘Hoop Jumping’ in Socialized Medicine

October 21st, 2009 by Embedded I · 5 Comments · Socialized Medicine

Two points, to start. 1. My father’s heart arrhythmias have settled, and his sodium levels have been managed through intravenous fluids and fluid intake restriction.  Though he could barely walk, he was deemed strong enough, to no longer be eligible for a hospital bed.  Indeed, if he chose to stay, three doors from my mother, […]

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Statist Wisdom

October 21st, 2009 by Myrhaf · 5 Comments · Politics

Ron Bloom, Obama’s manufacturing czar, produced this remarkable quote: “Generally speaking, we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense. We know that the whole point is to game the system … we know that this is largely about power. That this is an adults only, no limit game. We kind of […]

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Exposing some Deceits of Socialized Medicine

October 19th, 2009 by Embedded I · 15 Comments · Socialized Medicine

In response to my post, My Father and Socialized Medicine, comments made by Greg Paulhus deserve a full post in response.  They are typical of arguments for socialized medicine, that in final analysis do not stand. My Dad’s situation may not be entirely ‘routine’, as Paulhus suggests, but his inappropriate care, is no less disgusting […]

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A Cultural Drop-Out

October 19th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Victor Davis Hanson has written an interesting piece on being a cultural drop-out. He does not follow contemporary pop culture or journalism. Though in some respects I’m not as consistently opposed to the new, I could identify with his position, and I’ll bet many readers of this blog could, too. Today’s culture is the result […]

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Her Favorite Political Philosopher

October 18th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Ron Pisaturo goes to the video tape on Anita Dunn, the White House Communications Director who idolizes Chairman Mao. Mark Steyn analyzes in style. By now I shouldn’t be shocked by anything that comes out of this White House, but I’m stunned that they think they can pass off Dunn’s glowing words about Mao as […]

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UN Climate Change Treaty

October 18th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Lord Monckton warns the USA against signing the UN Climate Change treaty. The treaty sounds to me like a mechanism designed to transfer US wealth and sovereignty to the rest of the world. It is based on bad science, but that hardly matters to the statists. They’re willing to evade the truth for their political […]

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What Will Follow?

October 17th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

The totalitarian left is fascinating to watch — in a car wreck kind of way. One gazes at the twisted metal and broken glass of the left and wonders if he’ll see any dead bodies amid what was once a shiny, functioning machine. For the last few weeks we have seen the left attack Rush […]

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Damage Control for A Nobel Peace Prize?

October 9th, 2009 by Embedded I · 3 Comments · Culture, Foreign Affairs, Politics

Obama’s response to his Nobel Prize was the best thing I’ve heard from him. He recognizes that it was awarded too soon & reflects no serious achievement.  Though his speech changes nothing, & is surely politic, he has, at least, put his award in a relatively sensible context (excluding his absurd mention of climate change). […]

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The Fruits of Decline

October 9th, 2009 by Myrhaf · Comments Off on The Fruits of Decline · Uncategorized

Charles Krauthammer has given a speech that might be one of the most important of the Obama Era. It is called “Decline Is A Choice,” and is printed in full at the Weekly Standard. He argues that Obama is pursuing a path of willful American decline — a decline that is neither necessary nor inevitable, […]

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The Nobel Committee’s Wishful Thinking

October 9th, 2009 by Galileo Blogs · 5 Comments · Foreign Affairs

I thought it was a joke in the The Onion this morning when I read the headline, “Obama Wins the 2009 Peace Prize.” For what? He has been in office for nine months and before that was a one-term United States senator. What could he have possibly accomplished so soon that merits such an award?

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Israel Looks At Obama

October 8th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 9 Comments · Foreign Affairs

Benjamin Kerstein has written a fascinating essay on how Obama lost the affection of Israel. He had me from the first line: For a politician, there is no more dangerous combination of traits than hubris and ineptitude.

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Stealing the Commanding Heights

October 7th, 2009 by Galileo Blogs · 6 Comments · Business

The Federal Reserve recently announced that it would establish rules governing the pay of employees at essentially all bank and financial corporations in the United States.

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Tyranny on the Small Scale

October 6th, 2009 by Jim May · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

While most of our posts here at the New Clarion focus on the big wide picture of our culture’s ever-weakening resistance to primitive tyranny, here’s an instance of this “progression’ on the local scale, which nonetheless includes two key elements: an emboldened, overreaching authority, and a cowed, malfunctioning media. Adventures in Activism: A True Story […]

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The Empire Strikes Back

October 3rd, 2009 by Myrhaf · 8 Comments · Socialized Medicine

The American people have spoken. A large portion of them do not want bigger government, specifically socialized medicine. So what do the statists conclude from from the mass demonstrations and the town hell meetings? Simple: the problem is that the people found out what they were doing. If only the people had been kept ignorant, […]

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Looking Back at Impeachment

October 2nd, 2009 by Myrhaf · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Michael Medved opined today that the Republicans would have been better off censuring Bill Clinton than impeaching him. Diane Feinstein and Joe Lieberman would have gone along with a censure vote. Like most Republicans, I supported impeachment at the time. You have to remember the context: for one and a half presidential terms we had […]

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