Monthly Archives: November 2012

Socialist Empire

“As an immigrant to the best country in the world and coming from Communist Cuba, I really understand what freedom is all about.  After watching this election, I am extremely disappointed with what I see as a takeover of this great country by progressive socialists.  I believe the voters are going to find out what freedom really is.  One doesn’t seem to appreciate what they have until they lose it.

“In Cuba 80 percent of the people work for the government, and as you can see, everything is falling apart.  There are shortages of food for the common people but not for the tourists and the Communist party elites.

“When you go to the grocery store to buy groceries, don’t think for a minute that it is like in the USA.. In Cuba, you must have a ‘libreta’ or book of the items that you are allowed to purchase (which you hope they will have when you get there).  For example, you are allowed to purchase 8 oz. of oil and 10 oz. of beans per person for a month; one package of pasta every 3 months; and you are only able to purchase milk if you have children in your  home.

“To give you an example of salary wages in Communist Cuba, an emergency physician makes approximately $32.72 a month.

“So, for those that voted for four more years of more debt, more food stamps, more regulations, a weaker dollar, poorer people, a smaller work force, higher energy and food prices, and a weaker military, you are about to find out what losing your freedom is all about.”  Alberto Araoz, The Washington Times, November 12, 2012, p. 2

“A socialist empire has been born.”  Jeffrey T. Kuhner

KUHNER: Obama’s America

Path is clear for socialism’s triumph

 By Jeffrey T. Kuhner – The Washington Times – November 12, 2012, p. 30

  • Illustration Obama's Socialist Flag by Alexander Hunter for The Washington TimesPresident Obama has succeeded in transforming America. The constitutional republic is dead. A socialist empire has been born. This is the true meaning — and historical significance — of Tuesday’s election.

From the outset of his presidency, Mr. Obama vowed to be a “transformative” leader. His re-election shows that he has achieved his primary goal: erecting a European social democracy.

By any objective measure, Mr. Obama’s first term has been a colossal failure. His signature legislative achievements — the economic stimulus and Obamacare — are unpopular. Unemployment has remained chronically high. Economic growth is sputtering. The recovery is anemic. Inflation is rising. He has presided over multiple, consecutive trillion-dollar-plus budget deficits. He has amassed more than $5 trillion in debt. The national debt is more than $16 trillion — a staggering amount that threatens our economic security. We are sliding toward Greece and impending bankruptcy. Yet the electorate rewarded him with another term.

Why? The answer is simple and ominous: because more than half the population — 50 percent plus one — is dependent upon government benefits. For the past four years, the Obama administration has created a Franco-German welfare state whose sole purpose is to forge a majority political coalition wedded to the Democratic Party. The stimulus; the health care overhaul; the redirecting of financial resources to the inner cities; the explosion in the number of Americans on food stamps and welfare; the massive spending increases in public education, infrastructure and agriculture; the green-energy boondoggles; the bailouts of the auto industry; the contraceptive mandate; the federal funding of abortion; support for homosexual “marriage”; and pushing amnesty for illegal aliens — all of these measures directly bought off key liberal constituencies, such as unions, public-sector workers, environmentalists, blacks, Hispanics, feminists and the homosexual community.

In short, America has been fractured into two nations: the tax producers and the tax consumers, the givers and the takers, those who generate wealth and those who exploit it. Mr. Obama has peeled off the larger chunk. The productive classes are being harnessed into subsidizing the nonproductive elements. Statism and sex trump entrepreneurship and self-reliance.

Contrary to myth, liberalism is not a political ideology but a pseudo-religion — or rather, it is a substitute for traditional religion. It is driven by emotion, symbolism, irrationality and blind, intense faith. Its holy trinity is race, class and gender. Its church is the Democratic Party. And its savior —its secular messiah —is Mr. Obama. He has fostered a cult of personality common among leftist revolutionaries. Despite blatant failures, he is not held accountable by his supporters. Like Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, Mr. Obama is never blamed by his ideological followers for any mistakes or misdeeds. It is always someone else’s fault — especially former President George W. Bush‘s. Obama-ites have one ever-present boogeyman: Mr. Bush. He is the American left’s devil.

Moreover, this explains Mr. Obama’s strategy — playing the race card, relentlessly attacking “millionaires and billionaires” and making phony claims of a GOP “war on women.” The only real war is the Democrats’ ceaseless assault upon traditional America. Mr. Obama is practicing the old politics of divide and conquer. His aim is to splinter and polarize society in the ruthless pursuit of power.

The path is clear for Mr. Obama’s complete transformation of America. He has admitted that the key to his re-election was the huge Hispanic turnout. He plans to repay the favor by pushing amnesty for nearly 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants. The New York Times reports that Mr. Obama considers “comprehensive immigration reform” to be his first priority in a second term. The reason is obvious: Granting amnesty would permanently shift the electoral map in favor of the Democrats. Pivotal states with large illegal populations, such as Texas, Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, would become deep blue. It would ensure national one-party Democratic rule for generations.

The last line of defense is the Republican-controlled House. The Senate remains firmly in Democratic hands. Mr. Obama will reshape the Supreme Court as he fills inevitable upcoming vacancies. The establishment media is his lapdog. Hollywood backs him. The popular culture idolizes him. Almost every major institution is falling under his influence. The president has shown nothing but contempt for the Constitution. He is remaking America in his own image. Can Republicans stop him? If not, there will be no return from Obama’s America.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and the host of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO AM-680 (www.wrko.com) in Boston

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More High Times

People attending an Amendment 64 watch party in a bar in Denver on Nov. 6, 2012, celebrate after a local television station announced the marijuana amendment’s passage. The amendment would make it legal in Colorado for individuals to possess and for businesses to sell marijuana for recreational use. (Associated Press)

“The epidemic spread of marijuana was also encouraged by the belief that it was a harmless as well as pleasant drug.  The myth of harmlessness was based on no scientific evidence; actually, hard scientific evidence on the effects of chronic cannabis use has become available only in the last few years.

“The subcommittee [on Marijuana-Hashish Epidemic and Its Impact on United States Security, 1974] arranged for the testimony of more than twenty top-ranking scientists, most of them medical researchers, some of them psychiatrists….The collective testimony of the scientists…points to massive damage or potential damage to the entire cellular process, to the reproductive system, and  to the respiratory system.  The evidence also points to the possibility of brain damage and genetic damage.

“Some of the scientists said that, on the basis of the information now available, they consider it the most dangerous drug with which we must contend today.”  John A. Howard, America’s Best Colleges! Really?, p. 99, 100

“The Liberation News Service, the umbrella organization that served all the underground press [e.g., Village Voice, Realist, Berkeley Barb, etc.] in 1969 stated, ‘The first thing drugs do is put you immediately outside the law.  They give a lot of kids their first sense of belonging to a special group that’s against the government.” Ibid., p. 96

“The alternative press, also known as the underground press, was a powerfully effective medium through which America’s youth were recruited for marijuana and radicalism.” Ibid., p. 93

Mexican pot plans go up in a puff of smoke

2 states’ votes change the rules

By Jerry Seper – The Washington Times – November 12, 2012, p. 18

A top aide to Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto says votes to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state will force the Mexican government to rethink its efforts at trying to halt marijuana smuggling across the southwestern border.

Luis Videgaray, former general coordinator of Mr. Pena Nieto’s presidential campaign this year and now head of the transition team, told Radio Formula 970 in Mexico City that the new administration has consistently opposed the legalization of drugs, and the Colorado and Washington votes conflict with his government’s long-standing and costly efforts to eradicate the cultivation and smuggling of marijuana. Continue reading

Soft Tissue—Part II

“North Carolina State University researcher Mary H. Schweitzer used mass spectrometry to show evidence for the existence of dinosaur proteins inside Tyrannosaurus rex and duck-billed hadrosaur fossils.” Daniel James Devine

Bones to pick

Scientists are at odds on the question of soft tissue preservation

By Daniel James Devine – World magazine – November 17, 2012, p. 66

An ongoing debate over whether cellular material can be preserved within fossils for long periods of time got a fresh round of ammunition in October. Two new studies of DNA and proteins offered support for opposite perspectives.

In the first, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Australian scientists drilled into 158 semifossilized leg bones from extinct, flightless moa birds and extracted DNA samples. Relying on carbon dating, the researchers measured the bones to be between 600 and 8,000 years old. They calculated how much DNA had degraded in the older and younger fossils, and by comparing those amounts, estimated that DNA has a half-life of 521 years—meaning about half of DNA breaks apart every 521 years. The upshot is that little readable DNA should be able to survive in a fossil beyond 1 5 million years, and none beyond 6.8 million.

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