Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hugo Chavez and his thugs

What the liberals and socialist from Amherst to Cambridge choose to ignore: Hugo Chavez and violence against protesters. Joe Kennedy call your office.

Is it time again to boycott Citgo?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ron Radosh on Howard Zinn

The "historian" as propagandist. Ron Radosh, speaks truth to the legacy of Howard Zinn.
From Zinn's perspective, history should not be told from the standpoints of generals or presidents, but through that of people who struggle for their rights, who engage in strikes, boycotts, slave rebellions and the like. Its purpose should be to encourage similar behavior today. Indeed, Zinn candidly said that history was not about "understanding the past," but rather, about "changing the future." That statement alone should have disqualified anyone from referring to him as a historian.
Howard Zinn presented a pedestrian view of American history, a view that found popularizers in small minds like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Ultimately it was insulting to both the profession and the people he championed. The future may need changing but what history has shown is the alternative systems, socialism and communism, no doubt favorites of Zinn, were wisely relegated to the dustbins. The historical illiteracy we face today is part of Zinn's legacy.

More on Zinn here

Friday, January 22, 2010

The meaning of Scott Brown

D.R. Tucker:
There was a collective sigh of relief from the blue-state right on Tuesday night. For years, conservatives and Republicans in overwhelmingly Democratic states had to live their lives in fear and shame, having been convicted without trial on charges of ignorance and intolerance. They suffered in silence, realizing that they could not convince ideologically rigid progressives that they too, believed in equality, fairness and diversity, disagreeing only on the manner through which such goals should be achieved.

Now, in the wake of Brown’s victory, they can finally live in peace and freedom, acknowledging their true selves and affirming their true identities. They can finally march down the street in a parade of patriotic pride.

Brown will forever be a hero to blue-state conservatives. He embodies what conservatism actually is: upbeat, hopeful, forward-thinking, energetic. For too long, progressive activists and Democratic strategists have raised the specter of sulking, snarling, scowling Southern conservatives as a means of scaring people away from conservative and Republican ideas; they will no longer be able to get away with such attacks. Brown has demonstrated that an optimistic person from any part of the country can find merit in the right’s core philosophy.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Cato weighs in on gay marriage

The Moral and Constitutional Case for a Right to Gay Marriage | Robert A. Levy | Cato Institute: Commentary
No compelling reason has been proffered for sanctioning heterosexual but not homosexual marriages. Nor is a ban on gay marriage a close fit for attaining the goals cited by proponents of such bans. If the goal, for example, is to strengthen the institution of marriage, a more effective step might be to bar no-fault divorce and premarital cohabitation. If the goal is to ensure procreation, then infertile and aged couples should be precluded from marriage.

Instead, most states have implemented an irrational and unjust system that provides significant benefits to just-married heterosexuals while denying benefits to a male or female couple who have enjoyed a loving, committed, faithful and mutually reinforcing relationship over several decades. That's not the way it has to be. Government benefits triggered by marriage could just as easily be triggered by other objective criteria, leaving the definition of marriage in the hands of private institutions.

In honor of Dr. King

Required reading: Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

Martha Coakley, a product of hack Massachusetts

Who is Martha Coakley and how did she emerge from the Democratic fever swamp?  Jason Zengerle nails it.
Even if Martha Coakley manages to win Tuesday’s Massachusetts special election, she’ll come out of the race a loser. Not since Grady Little gave away the American League pennant to the Yankees in 2003 has New England witnessed this level of ineptitude. Actually, that Red Sox reference would probably sail right over Coakley’s head, when you consider that just the other day she told a gobsmacked radio host that Curt Schilling — who’s endorsed her GOP opponent, Scott Brown — was a “Yankee fan.” It was just the latest in a series of blunders that have helped Coakley blow a 30-point lead over Brown and now have her on the verge of losing what Massachusetts Democrats consider their birthright: the U.S. Senate seat Ted Kennedy held for 46 years.

But Coakley’s sorry performance reveals a dirty little secret about Bay State politics: Yes, Massachusetts may be “one of the most enthusiastically Democratic states in the country,” as Adam Nagourney recently described it in the Times, but Massachusetts also boasts one of the most hackish state Democratic parties in America — in other words, just the sort of party that would produce a Martha Coakley. And, in a way, the person to blame for the party’s pathetic condition is Teddy himself.

Martha is also the product of a Democratic nominating process that is dominated by the far-left of the Democratic Party, where identity politics trumps common sense.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Either way the Democrats lose

Martha Coakley's campaign has been a disaster. Should she win that fact does not liberate the Democrats from their follies.
"No matter who wins, the shockingly close contest in one of the country's most Democratic states is likely to put a lasting scare in Democrats, raise questions about Obama's political strength and test his party's resolve about his agenda, particularly health care."

Bush Derangement Syndrome

Can anyone tell what MSNBC's ratings have been lately?  Stewart Rips Maddow for Using Haitian Disaster to Bash Bush, Maddow Foolishly Strikes Back.

Hat tip: Newsbusters.org.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Hang in there Seiji!

Seiji Ozawa, one of the great conductors, has cancer:
TOKYO — Former Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Seiji Ozawa says he has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

Ozawa, an icon in the classical music world, said the cancer was spotted following a regular medical checkup late last year.

"I am perfectly fine right now. I have no problems in drinking and eating," the 74-year-old maestro said at a news conference in Tokyo. A doctor who accompanied Ozawa at the news conference said the cancer is in an early stage.

Ozawa will cancel all his concerts from January to June to undergo cancer treatment. His office said there are around 30 concerts at home and abroad scheduled during the six months.