April 15, 2009

Web Reconnaissance for 04/15/2009

A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

Bill Whittle: THEY DID IT FOR YOU. NOW DO IT FOR THEM - On Wednesday, April 15th, thousands of Americans who have never before protested anything in their lives are going to be taking some hours from their busy workdays to go out into streets and show the Statists that they are not simply going to roll over and hand over the fruits of their labor to fund this growing aneurysm known as the Federal Government. They will be on solid philosophical ground. Anyone with any fundamental understanding of the United States Constitution, and the process by which it was negotiated, shouted over and eventually ratified, would tell you of the horror and shock that would confront every single one of them if they were to see what we have become: (READ MORE)

unliberaledwoman: Shaking In Mah Booootz! - Tigers, and lions, and bears - OH MY! All ruby red shoes aside, I really am concerned about the latest. (via Michelle Malkin). The Department of Homeland Security and terrorist-defender Janet Napolitano have issued a new assessment manual on those scarrrry and meanie ”right wingers.” Don’t laugh (hey, I said don’t laugh) - this is an actual report paid for by taxpayer money. Say it with me - aaaaaaaaaaaaaawesome! Despite no evidence of violence from right wingers the nation now needs to have its front organization of defense devoted to keeping the conservative movement from sobering up people out of their Kool-Aid stupors. Instead of our taxpayer funds being used to keep us safe from actual terrorists, the “new & improved” Department of Homeland Security thinks it’s better to serve as Big Brother focusing on those US citizens that don’t agree with them on the political front - aka conservatives, aka sane people, aka non liberal wackos that don’t have anything better to do because they’re out working for a living so they can actually pay the salaries of the DHS! (READ MORE)

Lonewolf Diaries: “Violence Doesn’t Solve Problems…” - … Bull Crap. Listen, violence freed the slaves, took down the axis of evil and still manages to fix every remote control that I’ve ever owned. More recently, the use of force quickly brought an end to the escapades of a few Somali jackasses. Three shots fired, three men dead… And there was much rejoicing. To those of you still teaching the “violence doesn’t solve problems” myth to your kids… What are you thinking? Does anyone out there truly believe this insane rhetoric? I find it funny that Hollywood leftists are the ones who’ve been pushing this ideal down our throats with one hand, while simultaneously producing the most brutally vile, “creative content” with the other. Libs love to paint Middle American conservatives as “Gun toting Neo-Cons with a thirst for violence,” yet more often than not, it’s those people who boycott their gratuitous, self-indulgent, crap-fests that they call films. Does anyone here honestly think that “Seung-Hi Choi” went on his Virginia-Tech shooting spree after getting fired up at an NRA rally? (READ MORE)

Gary Graham: The New America - Deja Vu All Over Again - The simple catch-phrase slogans bandied about for the past year were the thing of pop culture legend. Hope. Change We Need. Change We Can Believe In. Yes We Can. Pabulum to the ‘downtrodden’… manna to the Constitutional deconstructionists… and justification to history revisionists everywhere. But prior to the election these euphemistic phrases were long on emotional incitement and glaringly short on substance. If words can be taken to mean anything…ultimately, they mean nothing. Or so we thought. Five months after the election we are starting to see that President Obama meant something very specific with these slogans that helped garner him the election. It just wasn’t quite what any of us Americans thought he meant. (READ MORE)

The Daily Gut: Corporations - So a few weeks back when Obama told those bankers it was his administration protecting them from the “pitchforks” - it made me think. And as always, when I think, I get confused, sad, and then dizzy. Then I get confused again. But it was then that I realized I couldn`t recall a single movie depicting a large company as “heroic.” Instead, all you’ll find are films like “Michael Clayton” and “Erin Brockovich,” flicks that only serve to paint corporations as entities driven by evil thoughts, destined to commit evil deeds. In Hollywood, the mugger is always more sympathetic than the manager. Some might call this a liberal bias, but I don`t. I call it a “little guy” bias. The fact is, people love stories where the little guy is pitted against the big guy - and it`s always awesome when the little guy brings the big guy down. (READ MORE)

AJ Strata: What If Rightwing Extremism IS On The Rise? - One thing my former colleagues in the conservative movement better brace themselves for is the possibility the DHS report may be true, and in fact there are indication rightwing extremism is heating up. One of the things a lot of us heard while debating this subject is that there is a lot of real concern with these groups right now. It is not “Obama trying to attack his opponents” concern (they are imploding so fast he has no need to worry). There are hints and whispers that there really are disturbing signals starting to show. I won’t go into it any further right now. But things could be going in a direction the conservatives suffering from Obama Derangement Syndrome may just not be aware of - or worse are not willing to admit is happening. (READ MORE)

Shannon Love: Patterns of Domestic Terrorism - So, should we expect that the Obama election will increase the threat of rightwing domestic terrorism as the recent DHS report suggests? No, we should expect the opposite: an increase in leftwing terrorism. The DHS report seems written from what we might call the romantic model of terrorism in which terrorists feel marginalized and frustrated and resort to violence out of a sense of desperation. In reality, terrorists are megalomaniacal sociopaths. They engage in terrorism to fulfill their desire for fame, adulation, respect and power. They fantasize about their violent acts leading to a world in which they are hailed as heroes for their deeds. Timothy McVey expected to set in motion a chain of events that would lead to a militia-style revolution which would lead to a world in which he would be seen as a revolutionary hero. (READ MORE)

Classical Values: The unnatural nature of Jeffersonian government - M. Simon just sent me a wonderful quote about progress: "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. This is so because those who gain positions of power tend always to extend the bounds of it. Power must always be constrained or limited else it will increase to the level that it will be despotic. T. Jefferson of course. Reminds me of the way the Patriot Act was passed ostensibly for the limited purpose of fighting terrorism, only to end up being used against nearly anything and everything police and prosecutors might want (including sudafed, gambling, cockfighting, counterfeiting, and drugs). The problem with power is that to anyone except anarchists it's an ugly necessity. I often wish there were some way of preventing those who want it from ever getting it. (READ MORE)

Donald Sensing: Piracy - next steps will be incremental - With the safe return of Maersk Alabama's Capt. Richard Phillips from pirate captivity, the commentati are abuzz with discussion of coming measures against the Gulf of Aden pirates. It has not helped matters that President Obama, feeling his oats, pledged almost immediately to halt piracy in the area. It's a fine sentiment and surely a desirable goal, but it's a bit of an over-promise - and somewhat of an overreach considering all the other things on the United States' military plate and national budget. (In fairness, from all the accounts I have read, the president's handling of the high seas drama was very well done. He set the parameters and let the commander on the scene call the shots (literally, as it turned out). That's exactly the right way to do it and hopefully will be the model he uses for future events, and there will always be future events.) But let's take a deep breath, shed the triumphalist jackets we've put on since Sunday, and try to take a cold, dispassionate look at some foundational facts. (READ MORE)

Jules Crittenden: First, They Went After … - First, they went after the wackjob murderous terrorist Muslims. But I wasn’t a wackjob murderous terrorist Muslim, and wackjob murderous terrorist Muslims had just hijacked four airliners and flown them into office buildings, and the president pointed out they had no beef with law-abiding Muslims, just the wackjob murderous terrorist ones, so I did nothing. Then, they went after the nail clippers. But I wasn’t a nail clipper, so I did nothing. Then, they went after the shoes. But I wasn’t a shoe, and some guy had just tried to blow up an airliner with his sneakers, so I thought it probably wasn’t a bad idea. Then, they went after the grandmothers from Iowa. It seemed pretty absurd, but they were being forced to bend over backward to prove they weren’t going after Muslims, and anyway, the presence of nitwit Australians, diseffected kids from Marin County, and Chicago gangbangers in the ranks of wackjob murderous terrorist Muslims suggested that hey, who knows, maybe a grandmother from Iowa will be next. (READ MORE)

Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee: Perfect Valor - “Perfect valor is to behave, without witnesses, as one would act were all the world watching." Francois de La Rochefoucauld - On May 16 2009, Citizens United Productions will premiere "Perfect Valor"" at the GI Film Festival in Washington, DC. Peabody Award Winning Producer, David C.Taylor and noted contemporary author and Military historian, Richard S. Lowry (Marines in the Garden of Eden) have worked tirelessly with the talented production staff to create a compelling tribute to all the men and women who served in Iraq. Written by David C. Taylor, narrated by Fred Dalton Thompson, "Perfect Valor" focuses on six Marines, weaving their stories together into an emotional tribute to all the men and women who have served in Iraq. (READ MORE)

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