Via Arutz Sheva: ‘Zidan Gave His Life To Save People He Didn’t Know’
Sergeant Major Zidan Seif gave his life while successfully saving others.
G-d Bless, good sir. You shall be remembered for a Blessing always.
A gathering for Zidan’s funeral.
Rest in Peace, brother.
Dyslexia Politicus (aka DP) is a common malady, especially amongst mugged Liberals. Case in point today: Ed Driscoll’s unwittingly humorous screed of November 06th 2014 at PJ Media, titled:
Driscoll startles us in revealing that
[…] the new Bircher left sees racism, sexism, homophobia, and Koch Brothers everywhere.
Perhaps startles isn’t quite the word; disappoints is more complete. If one slogs through Ed’s mercifully brief offering, one learns nothing new. It’s a nasty bit of intellectual laziness that amounts to barrel fishing. While the signal in Ed’s note may be a waste of time, it’s the noise in the background that informs.
Ed should know that Wikis are tertiary and invariably they are politicized well to the Left. (Even my daughters were not allowed to use Wikis for school reports, as they are notoriously redacted and inaccurate.)
Worse still is that Mr. Driscoll appears to have no clue as to the first principles of the John Birch Society.
Let’s take a step back for a moment to the opener of that paragraph:
The modern left is built around a trio of laudable principles: protecting the environment is good, racism is bad, and so is demonizing a person over his or her sexual preferences. (sic!)
Bumper stickers? Truly?
“Protecting” – what constitutes protection? – “the environment” – from whom, from what, and when? – “is good” – always and everywhere, at any cost?
“Racism” – what exactly is race, anyway? – “is bad” – bad, how?
“… and so is demonizing a person over his or her sexual preferences.” What of the situation where it’s “their sexual preferences?” – the individual being neither he nor she or rather both? (See Ed? You’re a “bad” person.)
Too, is it “bad” to “demonize” say, child predators? The incestuous? Rapists? Promiscuous homosexuals? Bigamists? Zoophiliacs? (What about necros… is it “bad” to “demonize” necros, Ed?)
Perhaps “laudable” too isn’t the best word. Laughable, if a tad tragical.
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Let’s agree on (working, pro tem) definitions: By Left, we assume a preference for “centralized power , maximized governmental authority and de minimus individual choice.” By Right, “decentralized authority, de minimus power and maximized individual choice and self-government.“
Driscoll’s larfs over the Left’s present histrionics provides little cover for his blindness for the Left’s core principles. If he’d bothered to examine the principles of the evil “Birchers” he would perhaps not have been so dismissively abusive.
Today Buckley’s early defenestration of the Birchers and Ayn Rand appears to have been unwise. It is they who are winning in the marketplace of ideas. The modern Tea Party is a coalition of Birchers, Objectivists, Conservatives, Libertarians, Constitutionalists and similarly inclined Liberals who haven’t understood why their pet projects aren’t working.
Driscoll, like his fellow travelers from the Left, have no clue where they are, or what all of this means. Being “Right” or “Conservative” or “Libertarian” as perhaps Driscoll fancies himself requires more than simple rejection of the Left’s most extreme agendae or behaviors. It requires some soul searching for those core beliefs; it means clarity and consistency with those core beliefs.
[Note to Mr. Driscoll: Good sir, if you wish to understand where you are, have a good stare at the Birchers’ ‘Core Principles’ page and analyze what you find. Then head over to the ‘Communist Manifesto.’ Dig up a copy of ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ Pull-quoting Russel Kirk doesn’t cut it. – Ed]
IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD A HOUSE, DON’T BUY ONE:
“When legislators and activists say that we need low-down-payment loans because most people couldn’t possibly save up for a 20 percent down payment, what they’re really saying is that people can’t actually afford to buy a house. Helping them to go buy one anyway is not a great idea; it will work out well for some, to be sure, but it will have tragic consequences for others, and for the housing market as a whole if there’s another downturn. We just spent six years learning, the very hard way, that you can’t borrow yourself rich. That knowledge is too expensive to throw away so easily.” – Megan McArdle
Our government hasn’t learned that yet.
Sorry Glenn, this fits into a very old pattern: “A Feature, NOT a Bug.” McArdle, too, misses the obvious.
The point is threefold:
Begin by disrupting the banking system so that it has to come to the rulemakers for favors and solutions;
Then “borrowers” will vote for even more toxin hoping to get something for free;
And in consequence, banks and real estate players will fund election campaigns in hopes that the gravey train keeps rolling.
It’s a lucrative power grab for those making the rules. Think “friends of Anthony.” Think “Jon Corzine.”
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In the first place, Government, like any collective, is incapable of learning, and in the second, Government isn’t the ignorant party.
Long overdue, but nicely concluded.
Via Arutz Sheva:
SWAT Unit Praised After Elimination of Teens’ Murderers
“Elimination.” A nice way of saying that they were put down like rabid curs. They shall not be mourned.
May yeshiva students Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha’ar (16) and Eyal Yifrah (19) be a Blessing in our memories forever.
An American, a gent and a firefighter remembered by another of our heroes:
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Not for the timid: 9/11:
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A profile in cowardice:
A profile in courage: