The Virginia Democrat Party has been organizing protestors to follow the Americans For Prosperity “Real Facts. Real Solutions.” Bus Tour. One person held a sign that said the Koch Brothers’ plan to “gut” social security. When asked about the plan, the protestors didn’t know about it and didn’t know what to say next.
I went to the beach recently with my wife, where we planted our umbrella and chairs in the sand as we usually do. It was low tide, so we moved down closer to the edge of the water. Interestingly, we found ourselves situated in the midst of a colony of fiddler crabs who were busy digging holes in the sand and filtering the granules for some sort of nutritious treasure, whatever that might be. Although there were dozens of them around us, they took care to keep their distance from us and quickly buried themselves in the sand if we moved too quickly or stamped our feet.
They appeared to be quite industrious in their work and quite amusing to watch. Each dug a hole and mined balls of sand from it which they patiently picked through for nutrients. I noticed there were physical differences in the various crabs. Some were larger and possessed one rather impressive pincer claw which made it look like it was playing a fiddle (hence the name). Sometimes the claw was on the right side; others were southpaws. My attention focused on a particular crab which I called “Lefty” who seemed to have one of the more prominent holes in the sand. I was genuinely impressed by the amount of sand Lefty excavated from his lair. He seemed to be very concerned with keeping the area around his den neat and tidy. If a neighboring crab came too close, Lefty would ward him off by flashing his pincer. Most of the time though, he would simply push them out of his territory before retreating back to his hole where he would continue in his endeavors. Most of the crabs I saw seemed to follow Lefty’s lead whereby they worked hard and enjoyed the bounty of their efforts. Although they were rather territorial in nature, they allowed neighbors on their property only if they respected his domain.
Lefty became bored with the routine after a while and decided to survey the world around him. Unlike others who remained at home, Lefty traveled far and wide looking for new opportunities (at least ten feet away). Inevitably, he would have to cross over the territory of other crabs who quickly rebuffed his advances, regardless of his size. Nonetheless, Lefty continued on his trek until he found himself outside of the colony. He eventually found a new spot on the beach that evidently had a better view of the ocean, not to mention nutrients in the sand, and began to dig a new burrow. Never satisfied, he moved onto another location after he exhausted the nutrients. Interestingly, the other crabs didn’t seem to have his adventurous spirit and stayed home while Lefty saw the world.
After studying the habits of the fiddler crab for a couple of hours, I came to the conclusion that they were a perfect example of capitalism in practice. Everyone worked hard for their food; freeloaders were taught to work if they wanted to eat, but some were allowed to graze on private property if the tenant was so inclined. The crabs were also free to roam and explore new endeavors, as exemplified by Lefty who enjoyed the bounties of success after leaving the colony, a very risky proposition. I don’t think Aesop could have made a better analogy.
I found this all rather intriguing and wondered if I could simulate this phenomenon on a larger scale. To do so, I purchased a dozen sand shovels and left them on the beach near a group of children who eagerly used them to dig holes and make sand forts. Each worked merrily to carve up their small piece of the beach, which they were all very proud of. At the end of the day, they left their shovels in the sand and watched as the incoming tide reclaimed their creations. Again, this was another fine example of capitalism as each person was allowed to work as hard as they wanted and enjoyed the fruits of their labor.
Next, I obtained a dozen trowels, along with four shovels, and placed them near a group of conservatives on the beach. They eagerly picked up the tools and started to create some rather inspiring structures, including a six-foot-high sand castle complete with turrets, bridges, a moat with water, and with the inside large enough to hold a small child within its walls. It was pretty impressive. Other participants sculpted some interesting shapes, including a sea serpent, a ship, and what appeared to be a submarine. They took turns using the shovels as there were only four of them. Although a few people worked independently, most paired up into teams to create their structures, and some friendly competition ensued. At the end, they congratulated each other on the job they had done. It was so impressive, curiosity seekers stopped by to admire their work and praised them accordingly. All of the tools were cleaned off and returned to the spot where I had brought them.
Finally, I took the same utensils and dropped them near a group of liberals. Frankly, they weren’t too impressed with them. Having watched the conservatives work and the adulation they received, instead of building something new, they complained to the media who filmed them tearing down the work of the conservatives. They complained about the heat and the working conditions and fought each other over territory in the sand. They then sold the tools and pocketed the money and blamed the conservatives for defacing the beach.
Frankly, I was disappointed with the results of my experiment. I hoped the liberals had been at least as smart and industrious as the tiny fiddler crab, but I guess I was wrong.
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A Yale professor appeared on Fox News this morning to speak out against the liberal effort to dumb down our kids in school.
Here, liberal actress Janeane Garofalo implies that racism was behind the outburst by the Daily Caller reporter last Friday. She just doesn’t know when to quit.
The author of a new study showing some negative outcomes for young adults whose parents had same-sex relationships is under attack because his findings conflict with what, in some corners, has become conventional wisdom.
Apparently, the idea that there is “no difference” between children of same-sex parents and their peers raised in traditional married mother-and-father households has become so entrenched among some advocates that new research presenting a contrasting picture is unwelcome—to put it mildly.
University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus’s New Family Structures Study (NFSS) is a large, nationally representative random sample of 3,000 young adults ages 18–39. It found better outcomes for those raised in intact biological families when compared to peers in seven other family structures.
Despite the quality of the sample and the wide range of findings, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation (GLAAD) called it a “flawed, misleading, and scientifically unsound paper that seeks to disparage lesbian and gay parents.” A writer at The American Prospect said it was “appalling and irresponsible.” An assistant editor at The New Republic called Regnerus a “retrograde researcher” and suggested that this study should “mark the beginning of the end of Mark Regnerus’s credibility with respectable news outlets.”
Read more at The Foundry. By Jennifer Marshall.
Chronicled in a recent Roll Call article, a motley crew of bloviating liberal legislators exemplified a number of the fallacies present in left-wing ideology. The article summarizes, often in their own words, how these Obama surrogates tout as progress everything that, in reality, is responsible for this country’s regression into a more divided, less free nation.
The writer includes several quotes from Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and some of his colleagues explaining why Obama should act unilaterally in the interest of his minority supporters.
Dealing specifically with Hispanics, gays, and women (which would lead me to assume Latina lesbians are the most ardent of the president’s remaining supporters), these legislators urge Obama to issue executive orders concerning issues on which Congress does not agree with him.
The premise itself identifies two blatantly un-American sentiments. First, leftists prefer to place citizens into groups, assuming only the federal government can provide their needs when our founders unquestionably championed the rights of the individual over that of the group. Second, our founders further laid out a blueprint, dictating a separation of powers and appropriate path for legislative action.
In this context, executive orders would bypass Congress for the simple reason that the White House does not approve of lawmakers’ views on certain issues.
Durbin spoke of his desire for Obama to prevent the deportation of individuals who would be impacted by the DREAM Act, one of the pet projects of many on the illegal-friendly left.
Similarly, other lawmakers are pushing Obama to act on behalf of gays and women, in effect through executive fiat.
Liberals scream out of one side of their mouth that conservatives refuse to compromise while firmly calling for more unilateral action by the president out of the other.
There has not been a president in modern history less interested in compromise. He rules as though his 2008 election was a mandate to do whatever he wishes. And so far, he’s done exactly that.
One can debate whether Lee Greenwood’s most prominent song, “God Bless the USA,” is the optimal choice for the patriotic finale of a public school’s commencement ceremony. When the principal of the school scraps the song altogether and replaces it with tween heartthrob Justin Bieber’s grating love song, “Baby,” though, I contend that the motives behind such a choice are relevant.
Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90 in Coney Island, New York, made exactly that decision, calling Greenwood’s lyrics “too grown-up” and explaining that they could “offend other cultures.” She seemed completely unconcerned about the “cultures” that would be offended by kindergartners singing Bieber’s ode to a teenage romance.
In Hawkins’ opinion, “She know she got me dazin’ ’cause she was so amazin’” represents acceptable lyrics for a group of five-year-olds while “I’m proud to be an American” is downright offensive. Recent reports have shown that Hawkins, a Jehovah’s Witness, has set her sites on patriotic displays at the school before.
Several years ago, before a backlash from school staff, she reportedly tried to prevent students from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “America the Beautiful.” Previous PS 90 commencement ceremonies have ended with youngsters singing the Greenwood tune while waving small American flags with no reports of offended attendees.
Presently, it is unclear whether Hawkins’ religion played a role in her decision, as reports indicate that she does not recite the Pledge of Allegiance herself because of her faith. The fact remains that several classes spent a considerable amount of time learning the song in preparation for the ceremony, only to have their hard work nullified by the whim of a school administrator.
Instead of celebrating the unique freedoms and opportunities available in America, students will also sing “The World is a Rainbow,” an anthem to diversity. Hawkins, who is black, has also been identified as a racist, according to a 2010 Department of Education reprimand filed after she allegedly made inappropriate comments about the school and its previous Jewish principal. It is painfully obvious that Hawkins considers herself a member of the phantom group offended by the song, although a principal’s job description does not include banning all activity deemed personally objectionable.
This travesty of a school’s administration is abhorrent on many levels, chief among them the fact that a woman whose actions continually circumvent the desire of staff, students, and parents still holds her position today.
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What kind of Obamist agenda can Americans expect during his second term? Here’s a preview:
America is not the “social issue fixer-upper in disrepair” Progressives make her out to be. Instead, America is the “world’s last great hope” and will continue to be, just as soon as we are able to get our head above the water economically.
The wave upon wave of “wars” on race, women, class, and now gay marriage were devised to sink this magnificent “city on a shining hill” into the depths of the sea and replace her with a European-style socialistic utopian theme park I affectionately call “Progressive World.”
Progressives, there is a much simpler way to get to that happy place filled with e-ticket rides and no work: Hop on a plane to Greece and send us a postcard to let us know how it’s working out for you.
God bless them; it seems Progressives honestly thought the sun, moon, and planets had lined up just for them that magical Greek column-themed Inauguration night in 2009 when Democrats owned Washington.
President Obama and Democrats had two years to do something about gay marriage if they wanted to. Instead, the president waited to make his “public service announcement” until now. Obama made no promises; he simply stated his opinion. The shrewd politician he is, Obama understood the power of words and threw out a few to rally his base and raise Hollywood big-dollar campaign donations — which goes to show you that intelligence is not a prerequisite for fame.
Rally, he did; within days, Newsweek canonized Obama as America’s “First Gay President” and plastered his face on their front page, rainbow flag colored halo and all. I shall bite my tongue here for further comment and leave the editorializing to readers.
Especially during these days of pending economic ruin, the “war” on gay marriage is a waste of time. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that as long as gays stay within the same legal boundaries we are all bound to, they can do whatever they want behind closed doors. It’s their business. I’m sure the GOP would be happy to accommodate them with reasonable things like hospital visitation rights. Sexual activity is between an individual, God, and the fly on the wall and has nothing to do with civil rights.
Conservatives must sit this one out and let nature take its course. If liberal men marry men and liberal women marry women and those who want to abort their babies do so, it won’t be long before liberals will “social right” themselves out of existence. In this case, patience is a virtue conservatives should wholeheartedly embrace.
Meanwhile, our ship is sinking, and Democrats are dressing themselves for dinner.
Focusing on non-issues intended to pit Americans against each other rather than acknowledging the iceberg we’re about to crash into was an exercise in futility. How far this one, who once promised to bind us together, has fallen.
It truly is “still about the economy, stupid.” Maybe someone needs to declare a war on “stupid.”
They used to arrest middle-aged perverts who get their jollies from talking dirty to children. Today, they get a television show, a nationally syndicated column, a lecture circuit, and multiple visits to the Obama White House.
You know: “Forward.”
The irony is palpable. Dan Savage, sex columnist and founder of the LGBT anti-bullying “It Gets Better” campaign, has been outed. Not as a homosexual. He’s out and proud in that regard. In fact, Savage pushes his “anything goes” brand of sexual anarchy on kids worldwide. MTV has even given the sex-obsessed radical his own show, “Savage U” – a moral-relativist platform from which to corrupt the kiddos.
No, Savage has finally managed to publicly discredit himself as the anti-Christian bigot and bully he’s always been. Never again will this guy be taken seriously as an anti-bullying crusader.
Savage lectures teens in high schools and colleges around the country on the benefits of “non-monogamy,” the occasional “three-way” tryst, and any other disease-spreading sexual impulse that might cross their impressionable, hormone-charged young minds (and many they can’t yet imagine).
Well, recently, rather than just shocking his teenaged audience with vulgar, sophomoric psychobabble as usual, Savage apparently thought it’d be fun to bully the kids with whom he disagreed.
While addressing a crowd of hundreds of high schoolers at the National High School Journalism Convention, Savage launched into an unhinged anti-Christian diatribe. He advised the teens to “ignore the bulls–t in the Bible” about sexual morality. “We ignore bulls–t in the Bible about all sorts of things,” he barked.
He then walked through a list of the same tired left-wing talking points about the Bible – long ago discredited – covering shellfish, virginity, etc. “The Bible is a radically pro-slavery document,” he said (anti-Christian trash we’ve come to expect from the secular left).
But when a hundred or more kids got up and began to walk out on Savage’s anti-Christian rant, the 47-year-old tough guy turned his hostility toward them. “It’s funny to someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansya–ed people react when you push back,” he mocked. Some of the young girls were seen leaving in tears.
“It took a real dark, hostile turn, certainly, as I saw it,” teacher Rick Tuttle told CNN. “It became very hostile toward Christianity, to the point that many students did walk out, including some of my students.
“They felt that they were attacked … a very pointed, direct attack on one particular group of students. It’s amazing that we go to an anti-bullying speech and one group of students is picked on in particular, with harsh, profane language.”
But the only thing surprising is that anyone is surprised. Dan Savage is known in Christian circles as “the gay Fred Phelps.” Phelps, of course, is the similarly cartoonish Westboro Baptist “preacher” who gained notoriety by protesting military funerals with his incestuous brood of pseudo-Christian haters. Savage is Phelps’ photo negative. Whereas Phelps’ hateful mantra is “God hates fags,” Savage’s central message is “I hate God and anyone who loves Him.”
Savage’s primary claim to fame is that he formed the website “Santorum.com,” to create a “Google bomb” that would smear the good name of former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum. On the site, he redefined the senator’s last name, Santorum, using language so vile and repulsive that I won’t repeat it. When Christian advocate and Americans for Truth founder Peter LaBarbera asked Savage to take down the website, Savage responded, “I’m asking Peter LaBarbera to go f–k himself.”
Savage also once bragged that he licked the doorknobs at former Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer’s campaign office in hopes of giving Mr. Bauer the flu.
Savage told the Daily Pennsylvanian in 2006 that Carl Romanelli, a U.S. senate candidate he didn’t like, “should be dragged behind a pickup truck until there’s nothing left but the rope.” In the same interview, he opined: “Mr. Romanelli should go f–k himself.” He also once said on HBO that he “wished all Republicans were f–king dead.”
Yep, this deviant troglodyte is the face of the left’s anti-bullying efforts. I’ve often said that those wonderfully “tolerant” liberals – the self-styled opponents of “hate” and “bigotry” – are the most intolerant, hateful bigots among us.
Thanks for proving my point, Dan.
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