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Archive for July 2008

Reflections on Hate

July 2008 CCPM Newsletter:

This man’s actions [ed. note: Jim Adkisson] – and the deaths of two innocent victims – are the result of a culture of hatred, of division, of hyper-partisanship, of polarization – that is eating away at our society. Those of us who go to our peace vigils on Saturdays have seen this kind of hatred expressed against us for months now in curses, names, rants, lies, and everything hateful you can imagine. It only gets nastier, angrier, and more hateful as time goes on. A huge problem and result of this kind of behavior is that right-wing hate groups spread their venom, enabling and encouraging troubled souls like this man to engage in extreme actions that they might not otherwise have considered.

I am not willing to absolve Jim Adkisson of personal responsibility for what he did. There was more going on with his pysche than a ‘hatred for liberals’. Individuals that harbor pathological anger lash out and kill Amish school children, Virginia Tech students, and Columbine students. The killing is indiscriminate – Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Aethiests, UU’s, conservatives, liberals, democrat and republican – we are all in the cross-hairs of this pathological hate.

What potential enable individuals to violently act out? One needs to look no further than the ‘dialog’ publicly expressed by the Chester County Peace Movement. A peace movement that even Smedley Butler would have agreed is a ‘racket’

It is easy to discern the seeds of similar violent, divisive behavior being spoon fed via newsletters to a willing audience of the Chester County Peace Movement. A recent newsletter is quick to point blame at ‘right wing hate groups’ as being culpable for the murderous actions of this deranged man. What is the fruit of months upon months of constant demonization of the Victory Movement by the director of the CCPM? It culminated in a peace protester attacking a woman and and assaulting a police officer. Instead of this horrific incident being a reality check for the peace group, the leadership condoned the actions of two members that day and continues to stir discord and hatred towards the Victory Movement. The hatred rippling underneath the surface of the peace group revealed itself last week in an impromptu chant – “we hate Bush” directed to the membership of the Victory Movement.
In the July newsletter, it is chilling to realize that the director has given her membership another excuse and a potential role model for more violence directed at the Victory Movement.

How could a peace group advocate hatred? I’ll let the Chester County Peace Movement speak for itself regarding hate and violence:

October 14, 2007 – CCPM Newsletter:

The “Christian right” is on a campaign that is every bit as dangerous as the “jihad” that some characterize extremist Muslims as engaging in. Remember, people who have “God is on their side” will stop at nothing and truly believe that the ends justify the means – they can rationalize everything they do.

The word, “jack-booted” has been in my mind ever since these people first appeared. It means this: Cruelly and violently oppressive: “a revival of the aggressive, jack-booted militarism of the Thirties and Forties”.

These people were trained by someone in vicious taunting, in vile language, in cruel tactics. They are dogs on chains. My guess is that at least a couple of them – if, in fact they were ever in the military, and we cannot even believe that – have been trained in the military or elsewhere (Blackwater-type organizations?) in the most vile interrogation tactics.

March 22, 2008 John Meicht, CCPM assaults a woman and police officer.

March 22, 2008 CCPM Newsletter – Director defends assailant:

The vigiler who was at the center of all this apologized to us as he was released at the station. I told him, and I say this to you all – HE OWES US NO APOLOGY. Everyone has a breaking point. We are human……Angry. Bent out of shape. Shaking with rage. WE ALL LOSE IT – and an apology’s fine, but this vigiler has nothing to apologize for to any of us…..The “counterprotestor” group (for lack of another polite term) owes every one of us an apology.

Every one of these three is firmly anti-war, and all say that the Victory folks do not speak for them at all…… each one of these wonderful vets does not join us on Saturdays at peace vigils because they feel they would not be very peaceful towards the “we support the troops” people. Blood would flow…they stay away.

Letter to Editor – Daily Local News – April, 2008

He must also agree with comedian Rush Limbaugh, who is dreaming of violence at the Democratic convention this summer! What a great country these two envision for our children! Just shoot it out! Kill, kill, kill! Blood, blood, blood!

That “young girl” has shoved her camera in my face many times — I was fortunately able to suppress all my own urges to push it out of my face. That “young girl” has taunted me relentlessly for six months, and I suggest Mr. Kurth read some of that “young girl’s” hateful blogs.

A peace movement that is unwilling to see ther own culpability in our ‘culture of hatred, of division, of hyperpartisanship’ that lead individuals to acts of violence has the blood of the UU victims on their hands.


NASA 50th Anniversary

50 Years today and still going strong! Here is to another 50 years!

NASA 50th Anniversary


The Big Tent Party evicts another Democrat

“I’m done. I will never support the Democrat Party again, not after how they treated me,” she said. “If you don’t drink the Kool-Aid, I guess you can’t be a Democrat.”

The Democrat Party of Wisconsin evicts a non-believer:

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s administrative committee voted unanimously this afternoon to strip a Racine County woman of her credentials as a Hillary Clinton delegate for the national convention, despite her pleas to keep her seat.

Following the vote, Debra Bartoshevich said in a phone call with WisPolitics the result was no surprise to her.

“This was all pre-planned, everyone came in with the notion that they weren’t going to listen to my argument,” she said.

DPW chair Joe Wineke said afterward that the outcome might have been different if Bartoshevich had admitted she’d made a mistake and added that she signed two different forms stating that she would support the party’s nominee in the fall election.

If she just confessed to being a heretic her position in the party would be spared. Yikes! Is this a retelling of the Inquisition or the real face of the Democrat Party?


Got ‘Cuil’?

Will Cuil Kill Google?

Cuil is different. You feel it the moment you load the site. Instead of the standard white background you find on Google, Yahoo!, and the inner frame of Microsoft’s (Nasdaq: MSFT) Live Search, Cuil’s backing is pitch black, as in Spinal Tap Smell the Glove “none more black” black. Unlike the growing number of options you find on established portals, all Cuil offers is the logo search box, above links to the site’s privacy statement and about page.

The info page details the origin of the name — Gaelic for “knowledge,” supposedly — and feature’s Cuil’s claim to have indexed three times as many pages as Google, and 10 times as many pages as Microsoft. Again, this won’t be the lone barometer of success, but it certainly will help Cuil win media coverage and tire-kicking interest.

Search results are also delivered in a unique way. Since the website currently features no sponsored ads, Cuil can offer up results in several columns. If you thought IAC’s (Nasdaq:
IACI) Ask.com brought something new to the table when it introduced landing-page thumbnails, Cuil rearranges the entire tabletop.


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63% of Americans Don’t Believe The Hype

Via Dan Spencer:

A new Rasmussen poll not surprisingly finds voters that served in the U.S. Military favor McCain over Obama.

Voters who have served in the U.S. military favor John McCain over Barack Obama by a 56% to 37% margin.

This polling indicates it would have been a waste of Obama’s time courting the troops in Landshtul. This election is more important to him than any American citizens in Germany.

Another Ramussen Poll indicates that the bounce Obama expected from his Euro/Iraq/Afghanistan trip really fell flat with the voting public. (200,000 German groupies not withstanding)

While Barack Obama has touted his travel to Afghanistan and Iraq as a “fact-finding” trip, 63% of Americans do not believe it makes the Democratic candidate any more qualified to be president.

A new Rasmussen Reports national survey, taken Monday night, also finds that less than a third (32%) think Obama will learn from his trip to Iraq. Forty percent (40%) say his mind is already made up about policies to deal with the war there. The democrat has been accused by liberals in his party of softening his long-standing opposition to the war in Iraq in an effort to appeal to more moderate voters.


Scratching the BSG Itch

For all my fellow BSG addicts who are impatiently waiting for the final episodes of BSG, you can scratch that itch at the San Diego Comic Con 2008. BSG, the only 4 season sci-fi show that is taking six years to air, has several writers and cast members appearing at this Con.

Galatica Sitrep is leading the coverage of this convention, which includes a link to a flickr photo stream where I may have discovered what TSO and Lilyea have been up to this weekend:

The Dudes

Of course, this may be pure speculation on my part with the costumes and such, however the likenesses are shockingly similar.


McCain Meets the Dalai Lama

photo credit: AP

Not Seen in the MSM:

The Republican presidential contender sat down with the exiled Tibetan spiritual and political leader in Aspen, Colo., to discuss “issues of mutual concern,” a McCain aide said, including talks between the Dalai Lama and China, as well as show “the international community can best support the Dalai Lama in his efforts.”

After the meeting with the Dalai Lama, Sen. McCain offered tough criticisms of China and urged its leaders to show more progress in addressing political grievances. “The U.S. welcomes good relations with China, but it does no service to the Chinese government and certainly no service to the people of China for the U.S. and other democracies to pretend that the suppression of rights in China doesn’t concern us,” Sen. McCain said.

Over the years, activists have turned the Dalai Lama into a symbol not just of the struggle for Tibetan autonomy but, more broadly, of political and human rights in China. Especially given the timing, Sen. McCain’s meeting is a strong show of sympathy for critics of the Chinese regime at a time when the world’s attention is focused on the country.


Sunday With Ferris

Back Channels: Fighter with Principle

This article is from last Sunday, I’ve been busy this week and have not had the opportunity till now to post on this Back Channel memorial to Tony Snow.

Fans of Tony Snow, laid to rest on Thursday, had any number of chances to see the beauty of his soul, whether as an eloquent host on radio and Fox News Sunday, an unflappable, enthusiastic spokesman for a beleaguered Bush administration, or as a man who refused to let a devastating disease rob him of his joy for life.
And those fans, particularly those on the conservative side of the aisle worried about the coming election, should take both comfort and inspiration in Snow’s example of the last few years: Fight like hell for what you believe in, but in the fray remain principled and decent. Above all, don’t lose sight of what’s important: family, friends, love.

Tony’s own words speak to his depth of his character:

“First thing I’m going to do is … give you a pep talk,” Snow said, then providing the marching orders:

“No. 1, Stop complaining.

“No. 2, Roll up your sleeves. We’ve got a lot of things to do.”

High on that list was “proclaiming boldly what we believe, and don’t be afraid … to lay out the facts for those who don’t get it.” Snow also had a message for those engaged in “defiant defeatism,” (ed. note: CCPM) a chronic inability to see the United States as a force for good. “It’s a failure narrative that might be politically good … but it’s wrong,” he said. In fact, he added, there is “no nation that strives so hard, so mightily and so effectively to get things right.”

We certainly live in times where this advice is welcome and needed.


IBD’s Revolution Redux

George W’s War:

No one likes war. War is a horrific affair, bloody and expensive. Sending our men and women into battle to perhaps die or be maimed is an unconscionable thought.

Yet some wars need to be waged, and someone needs to lead. The citizenry and Congress are often ambivalent or largely opposed to any given war. It’s up to our leader to convince them. That’s why we call the leader “Commander in Chief.”

The similarities between the War on Terror and our own Revolution are astounding. Read the rest HERE.


West Chester Rally 7-26-08

The Sheepdogs made for a fabulous presentation against the anemic peace protesters; perhaps they are spreading their dwindling membership too thin with multiple day protests?

We had our Sheepdog motorist make an eye catching appearance, circling around the block several times to show his support for the troops and America. We cheered loudly every time he drove by, the peace protesters were not amused.

Every week we welcome new friends into our midst. John and Nina were driving past our rally and were compelled to come back at join us. It was a pleasure to meet two such enthusiastic patriots and look forward to seeing your smiling faces at future rallies. Mary Lou and Harry held a family reunion at our rally, introducing their son, Matt accompanied by his girlfriend, and Uncle Bill. We also welcomed today: Howard, John and Jeri – we look forward to sharing many more rallies with you!

Like what you see? Proud of America? Come join us! We rally every Saturday in West Chester, Pa at the corner of High and Market Streets – 10:45am till 12:15pm.

If you can’t make the West Chester Rally, below are other pro-troop rally’s occurring weekly in neighboring counties:

Walter Reed Support our Troops Rally



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