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The Fascism of the “Campaign Finance” Amendment

by Eric M. Blake September 22nd, 2014 Conservative Considerations
Populists as a rule make great saps for fascists — the latter easily manipulating the former, by feeding their emotions of "raging against the system". Terribly ironic … but terribly effective. Consider:

It is a common tactic of aspiring tyrants: proclaim the existence of a major threat to the people — and use said alleged threat to justify said aspiring tyrant to gain more power … and moreConservative-Considerations … until the aspiration becomes reality. It’s straight out of 1984. A two-part story in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine invoked it. And dear readers, this sort of fascistic propaganda — this excuse-making for tyrant-making
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Poli Talk

  • Frankly, let's consider what we have to do to degrade and defeat ISIL. -- John Kerry

  • Stop telling lies about my Dad on TV. --Sean Astorino, son of Republican candidate Rob Astorino, to Andrew Cuomo

  • Ukraine is free to adopt any law it wants. But we are not planning any federalism with Ukraine. -- Andrei Purgin,rebel leader in Donetsk

  • Congress has a chance to pass historic legislation that will help restore trust that has been lost. -- Google legal director Richard Salgado

Independent Ideas: Textbooks, Tesla, and Television

by Jason Lightner September 19th, 2014 Independent Ideas
Independent-Ideas It's been an exhausting week in the land of confusion, but here we are, yet again, to sift through the rubble and find some sort of sense in the chaos. Good day to you, fair reader.

Texas textbooks butcher climate change coverage — in social studies

Here's one we could have seen coming from a mile away.

From Ars Technica:
In three cases, the textbooks seem to confuse climate change and ozone depletion. One implies that it's the loss of the ozone layer that's leading to the planet's warming by letting more sunlight in. Two others
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Kicking A Hive of Stupid

by Ronald A. Rowe September 18th, 2014 Winners & Losers
Winners-Losers Ouch.  It was a rough week on the political stage this week.  It seems like we’ve had our share of those lately.  Things haven’t gone very well for any of our major players this time around.  In fact, I had to dig out the old WINNER / LOSER Combo trick just to find a smidgen of positivity out of the morass that was this week in politics.  Readers, please find a little love in your hearts for someone – anyone - involved in the political arena and recommend a
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Foreign Policy Plus Ailing Economy Hurt Democrats

by T Akery September 16th, 2014 Republican Reflections
Republican-Reflections The reports coming out of the Middle East on ISIS are becoming worse by the day. While the President has vowed he will do something about it through a couple of speeches, very little has happened that has changed the situation. The only potentially good news is that more countries are coming into play with Britain and possibly the UN taking a stronger stance on ISIS. But it is hardly enough to offset the damage that has been done over there and it may be a case of too little, too late.

While I don't want the President to spell
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Obama’s Speech And The Art Of War

by Eric M. Blake September 15th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
Conservative-Considerations Dear readers, it’s time to bring out the great Sun Tzu again — and why not? President Obama has certainly proven time and again that either he's not aware of the foreign policy insight of The Art Of War, or else he simply thinks it’s all outdated. Curious how his fondness for Saul Alinsky’s teachings indicates he’s willing to treat politics like war… but he never seems willing to treat war like war.

Frankly, his chaotic "handling" (if one can honestly call it that…) of the various international crises arising since his initial inauguration prove full well Master Sun's warning:

"When a civil leadership unaware of the
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