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From The People’s Cube
What is it about whistleblowers that the powers that be can’t stand?
When I blew the whistle on the CIA’s illegal torture program, I was derided in many quarters as a traitor. My detractors in the government attacked me for violating my secrecy agreement, even as they ignored the oath we’d all taken to protect and defend the Constitution.
All of this happened despite the fact that the torture I helped expose is illegal in the United States. Torture also violates a number of international laws and treaties to which our country is signatory — some of which the United States itself was the driving force in drafting.
Read more by Michael Krieger at LibertyBlitzkrieg.com
“Follow the money.” That telling phrase, which has come to summarize the Watergate scandal, has been a part of the lexicon since 1976. It’s shorthand for political corruption: At what point do “contributions” become bribes, “constituent services” turn into quid pro quos and “charities” become slush funds?
Ronald Reagan was severely criticized in 1989 when, after he left office, he was paid $2 million for a couple of speeches in Japan. “The founding fathers would have been stunned that an occupant of the highest office in this land turned it into bucks,” sniffed a Columbia professor.
Read more by Michael Walsh at NYpost.com
We will start at 7pm at our regular meeting place, Kam’s Thistle & Shamrock on 84th & Lisbon.
After talking with Orland Owens we have decided to have a joint meeting with the Milwaukee North Branch and the Black Conservative Coalition. Many are already members of both groups, but we wanted the maximum amount of discussion on the Juneteenth outreach.
The meeting should be interesting as we will get an update on the happenings at the Republican Convention which was held last weekend.
I’ve invited State Rep. Jessie Rodriguez who serves the 21st Assembly district to attend this meeting. She has a tough re-election coming up and is in the cross hairs of area unions. Since we don’t have any North side legislators, we may want to adopt her campaign.
Juneteenth will be our major focus of the meeting.
Why do liberals hate science?
The Left has long claimed that it has something of a monopoly on scientific expertise. For instance, long before Al Gore started making millions by claiming that anyone who disagreed with his apocalyptic prophecies was “anti-science,” there were the “scientific socialists.” “Social engineer” is now rightly seen as a term of scorn and derision, but it was once a label that progressive eggheads eagerly accepted.
Masking opinions in a white smock is a brilliant, albeit infuriating and shabby, rhetorical tactic. As the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Science is the language of facts, and when people pretend to be speaking it, they’re not only claiming that their preferences are more than mere opinions, they’re also insinuating that anyone who disagrees is a fool or a zealot for objecting to “settled science.”
Read more by Jonah Goldberg at NationalReview.com
To renew my library card:
1. I had to show my driver’s license.
2. I had to sign on an electronic signature capture device.
3. I had to have my PICTURE taken.
All this for a library card. But they didn’t ask for my birth certificate.
And there are people criticizing Arizona for enforcing federal laws and national borders??
One of the great differences between conservatives and liberals is that conservatives will freely admit that they have an ideology. We’re kind of dorks that way, squabbling over old texts like Dungeons and Dragons geeks, wearing ties with pictures of Adam Smith and Edmund Burke on them.
But mainstream liberals from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama — and the intellectuals and journalists who love them — often assert that they are simply dispassionate slaves to the facts; they are realists, pragmatists, empiricists. Liberals insist that they live right downtown in the “reality-based community,” and if only their Republican opponents weren’t so blinded by ideology and stupidity, then they could work with them.
This has been a theme of Obama’s presidency from the start.
Read more By Jonah Goldberg at The Washington Post