http://m.washingtontimes.com/blog/robbins-report/2012/nov/11/florida-vote-officials-abruptly-backtrack-early-ba/ ….” Controversy continues in the Florida 18th Congressional District race between incumbent Republican Allen West and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy. Florida election officials reneged on their promise to count all the early ballots in the scandal-plagued election,excluding more than half of them without clear cause. Late Saturday the St. Lucie County Canvassing Board announced an “emergency meeting” to “recount all ballots cast during early voting.” Approximately 37,000 early ballots were to be counted. The recount was made necessary after suspicions arose that the initial count had not been fair or accurate. There was also evidence indicating that more ballots had been counted than the number of voters who showed up at the polls . The latest count had Mr.Murphy ahead by approximately 2,400 votes, which is above the .5% margin that would trigger an automatic full recount under Florida law. “…
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A sense of life is not a substitute for explicit knowledge. Values which one cannot identify, ….are not in one’s control. One cannot tell what they depend on or require, what course of action is needed …
A sense of life is not a substitute for explicit knowledge. Values which one cannot identify, but merely senses implicitly, are not in one’s control. One cannot tell what they depend on or require, what course of action is needed to gain and/or keep them. One can lose or betray them without knowing it.
“Don’t Let It Go,” Philosophy: Who Needs It, 210
RRD: We have already seen that Obama “misunderstands” Ayn Rand.
Obama, Unsurprisingly, Gets Ayn Rand Wrong
However he is also off-base on Lincoln as well:
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Politics: Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview
”Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity—that that’s a pretty narrow vision. . . . Unfortunately, it does seem as if sometimes that vision of a “you’re on your own” society has consumed a big chunk of the Republican Party. Of course, that’s not the Republican tradition. . . . You look at Abraham Lincoln: He very much believed in self-sufficiency and self-reliance. He embodied it—that you work hard and you make it, that your efforts should take you as far as your dreams can take you. But he also understood that there’s some things we do better together. That we make investments in our infrastructure and railroads and canals and land-grant colleges and the National Academy of Sciences, because that provides us all with an opportunity to fulfill our potential, and we’ll all be better off as a consequence. He also had a sense of deep, profound empathy, a sense of the intrinsic worth of every individual, which led him to his opposition to slavery and ultimately to signing the Emancipation Proclamation. That view of life—as one in which we’re all connected, as opposed to all isolated and looking out only for ourselves—that’s a view that has made America great. . .
Lincoln on Liberty & Tyranny #tcot #teaparty #aynrand |
Glory to man in the highest
… “The world has never had a good definition of the word “liberty,” and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word, we do not all mean the same thing. With some, the word “liberty” may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself and the product of his labour; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men and the product of other men’s labour . Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name,–liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names,–liberty and tyranny.”….
Lincoln:The Free-Market vs. Slavery | Glory to man in the highest
” FRAGMENT. WRITTEN ABOUT JULY 1, 1854 Equality in society alike beats inequality, whether the latter be of the British aristocratic sort or of the domestic slavery sort. We know Southern men declare that their slaves are better off than hired labourers amongst us. How little they know whereof they speak! There is no permanent class of hired labourers amongst us. Twenty-five years ago I was a hired labourer. The hired labourer of yesterday labours on his own account to -day, and will hire others to labour for him to -morrow. Advancement–improvement in condition–is the order of things in a society of equals. As labour is the common burden of our race, so the effort of some to shift their share of the burden on to the shoulders of others is the great durable curse of the race. Originally a curse for transgression upon the whole race, when, as by slavery, it is concentrated on a part only, it becomes the double -refined curse of God upon his creatures. Free labour has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope. The power of hope upon human exertion and happiness is wonderful. The slave -master himself has a conception of it, and hence the system of tasks among slaves. The slave whom you cannot drive with the lash to break seventy-five pounds of hemp in a day, if you will task him to break a hundred, and promise him pay for all he does over, he will break you a hundred and fifty. You have substituted hope for the rod. And yet perhaps it does not occur to you that, to the extent of your gain in the case, you have given up the slave system and adopted the free system of labour.”
HT to Evan Madianos who encouraged others to reprint this:
“42 doctors supported printing and sending this postcard to over 20,000 undecided voters in PA. Please feel free to print and use this card in your offices and wherever doctors and patients gather. Doctors everywhere can carry out similar projects – but you have to act soon! Text from PA Concerned Physicians post card – can be copied into a letter to distribute in any physician’s offices.) Dear Voter, We are a group of unaffiliated Pennsylvania physicians who felt compelled to send you this health care warning. Most of us have avoided expressing political views to our patients in the past, but now feel we have no other option. Unfortunately, politicians have inserted themselves into our exam rooms, threatening your health and our ability to care for you. While our country unquestionably requires health care financing reform, the President’s health care law will hurt patients rather than help them. It is a bureaucratic nightmare that infringes on medical decision making and violates the patient -physician relationship: • President Obama’s law slashes $716 billion from Medicare, which will decrease seniors’ access physicians and health care services. • Nearly 20 million new patients will be dumped into substandard Medicaid programs which are already bankrupting states while federal mandates will increase the cost of everyone’s health insurance. •Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a new unaccountable, unelected board of 15 federal bureaucrats, will impose centralized Medicare budgeting restrictions that will result in de facto age-related rationing of services. • 30 million Americans will STILL be uninsured by 2019, and much more. So we are asking you to please vote for Mitt Romney for President and Tom Smith for U.S. Senate on November 6th. They are committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with patient -centered (not bureaucrat -centered) reforms that will lower costs, improve access, and preserve the sanctity of the patient -physician relationship. Your family’s health depends on your vote. Thank you! Concerned Physicians for Pennsylvania’s Health Here are the PA physicians who committed themselves to this effort to reach PA’s undecided voters – Domingo Alvear, M.D., Pediatric Surgery, Harrisburg Dan Bledsoe, M.D., Emergency Medicine, York Richard Boal, M.D., Orthopaedics, Camp Hill Marsha Bornt, M.D., Gynecology, York Tim Campbell, M.D., Internal Medicine, Pittsburgh Arvind Cavale, M.D., Endocrinology, Feasterville George Chovanes, M.D., Neurosurgery, Paoli Bhaskar Deb, M.D., Anesthesiology, Reading Luciano DiMarco DO., General Surgery, Harrisburg Cheryl Doland, M.D., Anesthesiology, York Jonathan Dranov, M.D., Internal Medicine, State College Elena Farrell, D.O., Ophthalmology, Harrisburg Raymond A. Fritz, Jr., D.P.M., Podiatry, Allentown Cora Gemil, M.D., Gynecology, West Chester Ann Greiner, M.D., Anesthesiology, Camp Hill Lynn Jensen, M.D., Emergency Medicine, York Peter Kummant, M.D., General Surgery, Pittsburgh George Lapes, M.D., Psychiatry, York Jenny Lee, M.D., Family Practice, Palmyra Cliff Lynd, M.D., Vascular Surgery, York Evan Madianos, M.D., Radiology, Philadelphia James McManaway, M.D., Ophthalmology, Hershey Brian Michael, M.D., Endocrinology, Gettysburg Michael Moritz, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery, York Julie Nickles, D.O., Family Practice, York D. Scott Nord, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery, Wyomissing Nick Pandelidis, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery, York Steve Pandelidis, M.D., General Surgery, York Phyllis Parcella, M.D., Anesthesiology, Reading William Parrish, M.D., Orthopedic Surgery, Lancaster Sam Rashid, M.D., Family Practice, Palmyra Peter Rovito, M.D., General Surgery, Allentown John Salus, D.O., Anesthesiology, Camp Hill Benjamin Schlechter, M.D., Plastic Surgery, Wyomissing Alan Schorr, D.O., Endocrinology, Langhorne Mike Sicuranza, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery, York Jim Srour, M.D., Gastroenterology, York Christine Stanko, M.D., Dermatology, Bryn Mawr Elena Volfson, M.D., Psychiatry, Haverford Steve Wolf, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery, Harrisburg Wayne Wrigley, M.D., Radiology, Chester County Clinton Wrigley, M.D., Radiology, Newark, DE
Son of Wisconsin State Senator assaulted for supporting Romney,Woman assaulted by White Supremacists
Son of Wisconsin State Senator assaulted for supporting Romney. HT to T.R., J.S. & Scott Holleran. WisPolitics.com: Sen. Kedzie: Statement on assault of son, Sean Kedzie http://wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=282590 Sen. Kedzie: Statement on assault of son, Sean Kedzie 10/22/2012 “Early on Friday morning, October 19th, my son Sean was awakened by noises outside his residence in Whitewater. As he went to see what the commotion was about, he noticed an individual removing a Romney/Ryan yard sign from his property. He yelled to the person that they were taking something not theirs and to return it immediately. The individual returned the sign, however, a second person confronted and attacked Sean without warning. Sean was wrestled to the ground by both persons, held down by a constricting chokehold, and struck repeatedly about the face and head. He nearly passed out from the chokehold and suffered contusions to his face and eyes. Fortunately, an alert neighbor heard the commotion, scared the individuals away, and called the police. My wife and I were awakened by a telephone call from Sean’s roommate that Sean had been taken by ambulance to Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital. Sean was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital the same day. As this was a private family matter, we chose not to remark publicly about it and allow law enforcement to do their job. But we understand these types of incidents will eventually become public and questions will arise, particularly in my position as a state legislator. Sean is still recovering from the injuries he sustained as a result of this beating, and we are confident he will make a full recovery. But obviously, as parents, we are shaken by this event and very troubled it was apparently initiated and motivated for political reasons. **Attached is a photograph of Sean Kedzie in his hospital bed shortly after the beating incident in Whitewater, Wisconsin” http://wispolitics.com/1006/large/121019kedzieHospital.jpg RRD: As I have noted before, there are many cases of Leftists threatening people,attacking them,or placing them in danger through the practice of SWATting. My Response To Those Who Seek To Exploit The Giffords Tragedy #tcot #p2 #tlot #tpot #nomore | Glory to man in the highest https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/my-response-to-those-who-seek-to-exploit-the-giffords-tragedy-tcot-p2-tlot-tpot-nomore/ Victim of Alleged SEIU Town Hall Assault in St. Louis Interviewed on Cavuto | NewsBusters.org http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2009/08/07/victim-alleged-seiu-town-hall-assault-st-louis-interviewed-cavuto Michelle Malkin » Breakthrough: Fox covers Brett Kimberlin/ Patterico SWATting, bloggers continue pressing the story http://michellemalkin.com/2012/05/30/breakthrough-fox-covers-brett-kimberlin-patterico-swatting-bloggers-continue-pressing-the-story/ RRD: At roughly the same time that this assault occured,a even more vicious assault against a 20 year Winnsboro woman named Sharmeka Moffitt was carried out by apparent White Supremacists. Initial reports that the young woman was wearing a Obama T-shirt have since been rejected by the victim’s mother. But some leftists on Twitter raced to blame,not the KKK,but the Teaparty & Mitt Romney. Black woman attacked, burned in La., Twitterers blame Romney, Tea Party | Twitchy http://twitchy.com/2012/10/22/black-woman-attacked-burned-in-la-twitterers-blame-romney-tea-party/ Woman set on fire is in critical condition – KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News http://www.kltv.com/story/19877636/woman-set-on-fire-is-in-critical-condition WINNSBORO, LA (KSLA) – Authorities confirm ‘KKK’ spray painted on burn victim’s car Posted: Oct 22, 2012 4:46 AM EDT Updated: Oct 22, 2012 7:50 PM EDT By KSLA Staff “New details are emerging surrounding the critical injury of a Winnsboro woman set on fire in a city park on Sunday night. 20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt is in critical condition at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Her mother, Edna Moffitt, says surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. “Both of her arms, and they are third degree burns, down her chest and legs – one. Basically her arms are real bad.” Edna Moffitt also confirms her daughter was not wearing an Obama t-shirt, as initial rumors on social media had indicated. ” “However, the sheriff’s office has also confirmed with KSLA News 12 that Moffitt was not wearing a President Obama t-shirt, despite claims on social media that the t-shirt is what provoked the attack. Family and friends are planning a candlelight vigil for Sharmeka Moffitt. It’s set for Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Civitan Park. ” RRD: My thoughts are with the Kedzie & Moffitt families.
President Obama’s campaign having redesigned the National Seal has now decided to desecrate the American Flag.
Just so we’re on the same page, this is the American Flag:
This is the American Flag:
This is the American Flag:
Here it is on the Moon:
Here it is at the Olympics:
Here it is right behind you at Harkin’s steak fry ,when you refused to put your hand over your heart when the national anthem was being played: (fn1)
Some bitter, clingy, sorts value the flag, being the jingoistic hicks that they are.
There was even a case of a woman
who defiantly held up the American Flag while Confederate Forces marched through Maryland:
The Ballad of Barbara Fritchie
Again, just so you know
This is our Flag:
This was not, is not & will not be our flag,ever:
Michelle Obama: America is ‘Just Downright Mean’ | NewsBusters.org
…. “Obama begins with a broad assessment of life in America in 2008, and life is not good: we’re a divided country, we’re a country that is “just downright mean,” we are “guided by fear,” we’re a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents. “We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day,” she said, as heads bobbed in the pews. “Folks are just jammed up, and it’s gotten worse over my lifetime. And, doggone it, I’m young. Forty-four!”….
Michelle Obama greatest quotes
“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.” Michelle Obama’s adult life goes back to the mid-1980s. Can it really be the case that nothing the U.S. achieved since then has made her proud? Apparently. For, as she said later in the same appearance: “Life for regular folks has gotten worse over the course of my lifetime, through Republican and Democratic administrations. It hasn’t gotten much better.” Now in almost every empirical respect, American lives have in fact gotten better over the last quarter-century. “….
….”But that clearly isn’t what she was talking about. For as she had argued in the Wisconsin speech, America’s illness goes far beyond a flawed political process:
“Barack knows that at some level there’s a hole in our souls.”
This was a variation of language she had used earlier on the campaign trail:
“Barack Obama is the only person in this race who understands that, that before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.
” But they can be repaired. Indeed, she had said a couple of weeks before, in Los Angeles:
“Barack Obama … is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”
So we don’t have to work to improve our souls. Our broken souls can be fixed — by our voting for Barack Obama. We don’t have to fight or sacrifice to help our country. Our uninvolved and uninformed lives can be changed — by our choosing Barack Obama. America can become a nation to be proud of — by letting ourselves be led by Barack Obama.
” RRD: “Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”
“Barack Obama is the only person in this race who understands that, that before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.” This is the language of cults.
Christopher Hitchens Obama is no Dr.King
….” On the same weekend as I was reading Nicholson Baker, I also absorbed a news item about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the recently retired pastor of Barack Obama’s church in Chicago. Here is the form that the reverend’s “retirement” will take: a $1.6 million home, purchased in the name of his church and consisting of more than 10,000 square feet, in a gated community in Tinley Park, a prosperous white section of the city. There used to be a secularist line about fat shepherds and thin sheep, but the joke here is not just at the expense of a man who never pretended to be much more than a hustler. The joke is on those of the “flock” who tithed themselves to achieve this level of comfort for a man who must be pinching himself when he wakes up every day. But, then, so must the Rev. Al Sharpton, routinely described by the New York Times as “the civil rights activist,” be pinching himself each morning. By evening, after all, several limos will have arrived to transport him to several studios where he will be flattered and taken seriously. And this enviable existence is watched with avaricious jealousy by more junior practitioners, like the raving Rev. James Meeks of Chicago’s Salem Baptist Church, who may not yet be quite ready for prime time, and by the members of Louis Farrakhan’s racist and sectarian crew, who affect to think that Christianity is a slave religion and that white people are the products of a laboratory experiment gone wrong. The thing that this gaggle of cranks and parasites has in common is the extreme deference with which it is treated by the junior senator from Illinois. In April 2004, Barack told a reporter from the Chicago Sun -Times that he had three spiritual mentors or counselors: Jeremiah Wright, James Meeks, and Father Michael Pfleger—for a change of pace, a white Catholic preacher who has a close personal feeling for the man he calls (as does Obama) Minister Farrakhan. This crossover stuff is not as “inclusive” as it might be made to seem: Meeks’ main political connections in the white community are with the hysterically anti-homosexual wing of the Christian right. If Obama were to be read a list of the positions that his clerical supporters take on everything from Judaism to sodomy, he would be in the smooth and silky business of “distancing” from now until November. And that is why he hopes that his Philadelphia speech, which dissociated him from everything and nothing, will be enough. He seems, indeed, to have a real gift for remaining adequately uninformed about the real beliefs of his “mentors.”….
Iranian Mullahs incite mobs against U.S. & Israel over “Innocence of Muslims” ….”Some senior ayatollahs welcomed the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and warned that the U.S. should expect further harsh reactions from the Muslims. The Global Ahl-e Al-Bayt Foundation, which is directly subordinate to the office of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, urged Muslims worldwide, and especially the Shi’ites, “to demonstrate and protest against this offensive move [of making the film], and do everything they can to ban it, in order to prevent the continuation of these satanic actions.”  On September 13, senior ayatollah Mohammad Ali Alavi Gorgani exhorted the Shi’ites worldwide to “express their outrage to the people of the world” and that Muslims should “react to this satanic move… behind which stands global Zionism.” Student Basij representative Ali Hassan Zadeh called on Muslims to remove the cancerous growth – Israel – from the Middle East. Kazem Tabatabai, a Friday prayer leader from the city of Zabol, said: “The Muslims must no longer keep silent. They must launch all-out jihad to eliminate the arrogance [the West headed by the U.S.].” Assembly of Experts member Ayatollah Abbas Ka’abi said: “The entire Muslim nation must join forces with the zealous Libyan people against the film that insults Islam and the Prophet.”  Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani said: “The U.S. must expect [even] harsher measures.” Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi said that the Iranian government would search for the producer of the anti-Muhammad YouTube film and would place him under surveillance. Two prominent regime mouthpieces, Kayhan and Fars, stressed that the targeting of U.S. diplomats in the Middle East would now become a trend. A September 15, 2012 Fars analysis said that the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya will be “the opening shot for the killing of U.S. ambassadors in the region.” It also warned Arab leaders not to suppress the masses’ rage against the U.S., because doing so could bring down their regimes: “The Arab leaders… of the post -Mubarak, post -Qadhafi and post -Ali ‘Abdallah Saleh [era]… must realize that the revolutions do not depend on them, but that they depend on the revolutions. If they stray from the path [of the revolutions], they will undoubtedly be deposed. This time, the insults to Islam came up against the dam of the Islamic awakening. The offending country [i.e. the U.S.] can no longer insult [Islam] and expect that its ambassadors in the Islamic countries will remain safe. The Islamic awakening has significantly increased the cost of insulting the sanctity of Islam. It is not only [the YouTube film’s purported director] Sam Bacile who should go into hiding; now the offending country’s ambassadors in the Islamic countries will [also] feel unsafe, even though the Egyptian and Yemeni police fired on the protestors… [The killing of the U.S. ambassador] is a phenomenon that possibly could continue – and even if it does not continue with the same determination, it may make the U.S. diplomats feel constantly unsafe.” Fars also warned the leaders of Arab countries where revolutions have recently taken place that “if they want to grow close to the West and sacrifice Islam in favor of liberal democracy, they will face their peoples’ demands, and they should not expect that to end well.” It added that Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi’s September 12 speech condemning the film but banning attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo pleased both Islamist and Western ears, and reflected his understanding that “anti-Western sentiment now prevails in his country.”….