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A man was standing off the edge of the Golden Gate Bridge, obviously about to jump.
A passer-by notices the jumper and quickly decides to try and talk him down off the ledge, so he tries talking to the jumper.
“Sir, are you an American?” to which the jumper answers “yes.”
“Where are you from?” – asks the Good Samaritan. “I am from Louisiana”, responds the distraught man.
“Great! What an incredible coincidence! I am from the South as well!” – says the Good Samaritan.
The passer-by continues to engage the jumper.
“What is your political affiliation, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Independent?”
The jumper looks back over his shoulder and answers “I am a Republican.”
“Me too, that’s amazing!” – the Good Samaritan continues, as he slowly moves closer to the jumper. “What kind of Republican are you: Conservative, small “l” libertarian, paleoconservative, Krystolian neoconservative, or Country Club Republican?”
The jumper seems to be more engaged in the conversation at this point, visibly relaxing and responds: “I am a Conservative.”
The Good Samaritan gets excited . He is now within arm’s reach of the would-be jumper.
“Me too! Is this a small world or what?”
The would-be jumper smiles and sits on the handrail, the tension visibly leaving his shoulders.
The Good Samaritan finally reaches the man, placing a comforting hand on his shoulder. “Whatever it is, we can sort this out” – he tells the jumper.
“Are you a Social Conservative, or a Fiscal Conservative?” – asks the Good Samaritan, continuing to engage the jumper as he sits beside him on the handrail..
The man on the edge, now obviously more relaxed answers “Social Conservative” as a smile creeps across his face.
Now, the Good Samaritan with the jumper’s shoulder firmly in his grasp says “Me too! What kind of Social Conservative. Are you a Christian Right, or a Compassionate Conservative?”
The guy on the bridge says: “Compassionate Conservative”, and with that the Good Samaritan, becoming very angry, screams: “Die liberal!” and pushes him off the bridge.
OK… maybe not so much a joke as possibly the core reason why Democrats will continue to win elections and mold the nation’s future for years to come. The right has no greater enemy than the right.
This week, two articles caught my attention.
THE END OF GOPROUD
When we founded GOProud in 2009 people thought we were nuts. We wanted to provide a strong voice for gay conservatives and their conservative allies. We had this crazy idea that you could have a group that represented gay and straight people that was authentically conservative. We had this crazy idea that maybe there was room for one gay group that would talk about the issues that REALLY impact gay Americans–jobs, the economy, taxes, retirement security, and healthcare–and do some from a strongly conservative place.
We set out to challenge conventional wisdom and show the world that all gays aren’t left-wing liberals AND all conservatives aren’t anti-gay homophobes.
What an absolutely silly and goofy idea, thinking that conservatives these days would entertain discussing issues like jobs, the economy, taxes, retirement security and healthcare from a conservative point of view with HOMOS!
Are you kidding?
YOU CAN’T BE A CONSERVATIVE AND BE A HOMO!
You can’t even have a discussion with a homo if you’re a conservative, lest you want to risk developing an affinity for tea sandwiches and show tunes.
If you’re a homo and you want to be a conservative, or a Republican, or both, you must first book a flight to Texas in the hopes that someone in the Texas GOP will help you… or so it seems.
Draft Texas GOP Platform Swaps Antigay Language for ‘Ex-Gay’ Endorsement
A draft of the Texas Republican Party’s platform cuts language claiming homosexuality “tears at the fabric of society” but recognizes the “legitimacy” of so-called reparative therapy to “escape from the homosexual lifestyle,” according to a copy obtained by the Houston Chronicle.
The Chronicle reports that the draft has removed a declaration about the sinfulness of homosexuality that appeared in the platform in years past, abandoning an affirmation that “the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God.”
In place of that language, the draft has included an endorsement of so-called ex-gay therapy, the scientifically discredited treatment that tries to turn gay people straight through prayer and counseling. Ex-gay therapy, also known as reparative therapy, has been rejected as harmful by every major medical and mental health organization in the country, and its use on minors has been prohibited in California and New Jersey, with similar legislation recently considered in New York, Minnesota, and Illinois, though the bills failed to pass in the latter two states. (The New York bill remains pending.)
Nevertheless, the Texas GOP’s draft platform language touts the discredited practice as an effective way out of the “homosexual lifestyle,” addressing the recent increase of laws banning the therapy directly.
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I guess I should have warned you first.
The Texas GOP believes, all available evidence to the contrary, that homosexuality can be “cured”.
This is the very same State whose legislature decided, back in 1973, that sodomy really wasn’t all that bad, an that they wanted to be able to engage in it with free conscience and with no fear of legal repercussions, so they legalized the act for themselves, but kept it illegal for homosexuals.
That’s like taking laws making ballot stuffing at elections illegal and changing them so that ballot stuffing is only illegal for libertarians and the Green Party.
Texas led the way to the overturning of all sodomy laws across the United States, making same-sex activity legal in every State of the Union and all U.S. territories.
See Lawrence v. Texas.
GOProud was trying to maintain focus on the things that conservatives are supposed to stand for, but somehow, somewhere along the way, conservatism has been hijacked by a group of people whose primary concerns seem to be to A) control the free interaction between consenting adults in the nation, and B) to set social standards for everyone in this country in accordance to their own moral values via force of government. Having the freedom to live their lives according to their own moral values apparently not being enough for them, they must now set in place the moral standards that the rest of the nation must live by.
And you are NOT a “real conservative”© unless you agree with them.
It’s the old “no true Scotsman” fallacy at play.
It goes like this:
Angus declares that Scotsmen do not pour sugar on their porridge, to which Lachlan replies by pointing out that he is a Scotsman and he pours sugar on his porridge. Furious, like a true Scot, Angus yells back that no true Scotsman sugars his porridge.
You can’t be a “real conservative”© unless you’re willing to uphold the moral and religious values of the Social Conservative wing of the GOP.
According to the Social Conservative wing of the GOP anyway.
So you can’t be a conservative if you’re gay.
Or an atheist.
Or a Buddhist.
Or a pacifist.
Or a Catholic (unless you renounce the current Pope).
And judging from the turnout in the last Presidential election, a Mormon.
I could go on with this list, but I don’t want to go there.
Like that joke at the onset of the article, defining what constitutes a “real conservative”© means engaging in a debate over an ever-narrowing definition of what conservatism means, where all parties participating in the discussion agree to jettison anyone who expresses the slightest variation on the agreed dogma at any point during the discussion. The problem with that is that there’s only one person who will completely agree with 100% of the specific, detailed political ideologies someone will hold, and that person is himself.
Here’s a visual on that last paragraph… the GOP’s “real conservative”© base:
The “real conservative”© wing of the GOP defines the GOP’s base as the narrowest and least populated point of the Party’s membership, because everyone who entertains even the slightest variation on the “real conservative”© social dogma, is a RINO, and not a a “real conservative”©.
Under this definition of what it means to be a conservative, if you believe in traditional conservative fiscal policies, in the concept that free markets make for free people, in the idea of Federalism and State’s rights, in the concept of individual responsibility, of freedom from government overreach, of smaller government, of limiting Federal powers to those strictly enumerated in the Constitution, you’re a conservative.
But the moment that you mention that Barry marrying Albert and Lisa marrying Alice isn’t something as important to you as the looming financial crash and burn of Western civilization, the death swan dive of America’s global influence, the inevitable collapse of our medical industry, and the very real possibility that we will all be speaking Cantonese soon, all your conservative ideals puff into think air like so much flash paper smoke, and someone immediately jumps up, loudly declares that you are not a “real conservative”© and pushes you off the bridge into the dark waters below.
Are you $^&%# serious?
Is this how we’re going to run this election cycle?
Are we going to continue to believe that exclusion serves some nebulous greater purpose?
Are we going to continue to argue that painting ourselves as morally superior to the rest of the people casting their votes will somehow win us their votes, out of sheer shame of being inferior?
We have the worst administration on the history of the nation in place.
Congressional approval ratings rival Niki Minaj’s ratings as an American Idol judge. The GOP could take control of both chambers in the fall.
The IRS… Benghazi… the VA… Obamacare… the number of Obama’s scandals is surpassing the number of known Paris Hilton “secret” sex tapes on the Internet.
There are millions of people who have lost all hope of being employed, millions who lost their health plans as a result of the “lie of the year“.
Million who are disenchanted with the economy and the administration’s (lack of a) foreign policy.
Millions questioning everything that the Democrats under Barack Obama stand for, but the Texas GOP thinks that “curing” homos is a really important issue on this election cycle.
When we have all those bullets in our guns to take on the Democrats, do we really to want to pivot the attention of the voters to things like same-sex marriage, homosexuality and other social issues that should be absolutely irrelevant to any government function?
Is that we we want to do?
If we do, we are abject morons.
All we have to do is convince the nation that we can run the business of the nation better. If we can do that we win, and we continue to win because the truth is that we can run the business of the nation better than Democrats.
But when you begin judging the people of the nation as being immoral, or morally inferior by arguing that we’re morally superior, we lose them. No one reacts well to being morally judged to that degree.
Raising the morality of the people of the nation is something that cannot be legislated into being, or forced on them.
Get the economy back to what has always been the American standard.
Get the government out of the way of the people and the people will push the government away from them. That is the root source of all moral behavior. People taking pride in themselves, have pride in their families, and in turn, are proud of the nation they live in.
We will never roll back the tide of social change. It will never be 1956 again. But if my neighbors take pride in their property, and they work hard, and they watch out for me and mine, as good neighbors always have, and they take pride in the community, and the nation, and they do all of that because they take pride in themselves, what difference does it make to me if my neighbors are a married couple named Barry and Albert, or Lisa and Alice?
My pocket is not picked and my leg is not broken.
The Texas GOP has just thrown a lifeline to every single Democrat running for every single office, in every single District, in every single State of the Union. Democrats don’t have to discuss any of the things they’ve done that are really screwing up the nation now… they can just talk about how Republicans hate homos.
Sadly, GOProud’s idea that they could prove that not all conservatives are anti-gay homophobes didn’t get any manner of support from conservative anti-gay homophobes, so now they’re shutting down their organization.
I don’t blame them.
It’s becoming very difficult to be proud of being a member of the GOP these days.
It’s starting to feel very much like a bad joke.
And that’s the last wire for Monday, June 9 2014.
Everything that was news before this moment, is now history.
This is the last wire for June 5, 2014.
What is now history, was news then.
Four dead Americans that Obama failed to even try to rescue.
That’s ten dead Americans, and how does Obama balance that equation?
Five terrorists back plotting to kill Americans…
One deserter who is “ashamed to be American” reunited with a father who prays to Allah and wants all the other terrorists released from Guantanamo.
And one decorated American soldier languishing in a Mexican prison for the crime of making a wrong turn, who could possible be released if our President and his staff could find enough time during a break in the negotiations with terrorists to place a call to the Mexican President.
Ten dead Americans plus one forgotten American soldier in a Mexican jail < five Taliban terrorists and one American deserter who is ashamed of the United States.
In light of everything that we know about Obama, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
This was a Special Edition of The Last Wire for Monday, June 2, 2014.
What was news before this moment, is now history.
Sometimes, lessons are learned from the most unexpected places. This is one of those times.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Via FOX News) – Traditional hunters armed with homemade guns, poisoned spears and amulets have gathered in their hundreds, eager to use their skills and what they believe to be supernatural powers to help find nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists.
Some 500 hunters, some as young as 18 and some in their 80s, say they have been specially selected by their peers for their spiritual hunting skills and have been waiting for two weeks in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital and the birthplace of Boko Haram, to get backing from the military and get moving.
With Nigeria’s military accused by many citizens of not doing enough to rescue the girls, the hunters demonstrated their skills to an Associated Press reporter on Sunday. With cow horn trumpets echoing eerie war cries from the screaming and chanting men who twirled knives and swords with dexterity, occasionally stabbing and cutting themselves with no apparent harm. The hunters claimed their magic charms prevented any blood being drawn. They also trust amulets of herbs and other substances wrapped in leather pouches as well as cowrie shells, animal teeth and leather bracelets to protect them from bullets.
The appearance of the hunters from three northeastern states underscores how deeply the April 15 mass kidnapping — and the government’s apparent lack of action — has affected Nigerian society. It has spawned demonstrations and a tidal wave of commentary in media including social sites like Twitter and Facebook.
A spokesman for the hunters stopped short of actually criticizing the military.
“We’re not saying we are better than the soldiers, but we know the bush better than the soldiers,” said Sarkin Baka. The hunters said they gathered here at the suggestion of a state legislator.
A military spokesman did not immediately respond to an emailed question from AP on whether it would take advantage of the hunters’ local knowledge.
These men came to help, uninvited and unfunded, out of a sense of humanity and they’ve been sitting idle for two weeks as the help given by the world’s superpowers turns up nothing in their search.
Nigeria’s military insists that it is diligently searching for the girls and says near-daily aerial bombardments of the forest that began in mid-January were stopped to avoid accidentally hitting the girls.
“Our troops are out there combing the forests and all other possible locations searching for our fellow citizens. International support is also there assisting the process,” Mike Omeri, a government spokesman, said Friday.
Some parents of the abducted girls say villagers in the Sambisa Forest tell them they haven’t seen a uniformed soldier in the forest.
The girls of Chibok were kidnapped six weeks ago, on April 14, and because of the denseness of the forest in the region where Boko Harum is known to operate, no trace of them has yet to be found.
So then, why not use trained forest hunters to help locate traces of the girls and their kidnappers?
In fact, why aren’t we pushing for the hunters to be allowed to go find the girls?
The First World arrogance thinly veiled in the news reports on the tribal hunter volunteers gives us a clue, and it’s certain to be shared by the government of Nigeria.
It took primitive tribes in the northeastern part of the country two weeks to organize a party of 500 hunters and travel (on foot) to the staging area for the multinational search for the kidnapped girls, and they sit idle waiting for the courtesy of a response from anyone.
On the flip side it took six weeks for the United Nation to condemn the act and place sanctions on Boko Harum.
And they have phones and computers to assist them in discussing the issue, jets to get the to their rent-free digs in New York, and limos and city cars to get them to their soft, comfortable chairs in the General Assembly room.
Islam itself reacted faster than the United Nations.
(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, the top religious authority in the birthplace of Islam, has condemned Nigeria’s Boko Haram as a group “set up to smear the image of Islam” and condemned its kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls.
Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh said the radical movement, which says it wants to establish a “pure” Islamic state in Nigeria, was “misguided” and should be “shown their wrong path and be made to reject it.”
His remarks came as religious leaders in the Muslim world, who often do not comment on militant violence, joined in denouncing Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau for saying Allah had told him to sell off the kidnapped girls as forced brides.
“This is a group that has been set up to smear the image of Islam and must be offered advice, shown their wrong path and be made to reject it,” he told the Arabic-language newspaper al-Hayat in an interview published on Friday.
If the grand mufti had seen fit to condemn Boko Harum on their slaughter of Christians in the town of Benisheik on January this year, or perhaps the United Nations would have been moved to believe that it is just as wrong to massacre Christians in a House of God, as it is to kidnap little girls and threaten to sell them into sexual slavery, Boko Harum may have been targeted by the international community earlier, and the girls may have not been kidnapped.
The grand mufti however, knows that these al-Qaeda-trained fighters are the arm and the sword of Islamic terrorism, and condemning them doesn’t suit his purposes.
Than again, the United Nations however has issued no condemnations over the killings of Christians by Islamic terrorists at any time that I could find. Apparently condemning the killings of Christians for their faith doesn’t suit its purposes either.
Humanity baffles me sometimes.
Mostly because a sense of it doesn’t always serve the purpose of humanity itself, and that makes for an odd paradox.
Maybe the West should walk away from the search for the girls of Chibok and let Islam tend to the monster of their own creation that is Boko Harum.
But the (alleged) leader of the Western world has already declared that “the future most not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”, so I’m not sure that we’ll get much action coming from him either.
I say that we let the tribal hunters have their shot, and bring our personnel and our drones home, and that the lesson to be learned here is that any time they are busy killing one another is a good thing for the rest of humanity.
And that’s the last wire for Sunday, May 25th 2014.
What was news before this moment, is now history.
I am an intolerant man.
Ask anyone who has ever exchanged anything beyond social pleasantries with me, and they’ll confirm it.
I am an intolerant man, and this is my manifesto.
Once, caught up in the “liberal at 20” portion of the well-known (wrongly attributed) quote about the impact of aging on one’s political ideology, I would have agreed with the generally-accepted opinion which painted intolerance as a bad thing. All you have to do is to Google “quotes about intolerance” and you can see what I mean.
“Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” – Mahatma Ghandi
“When you discriminate against anyone, you discriminate against everyone. It’s a display of terrible intolerance.” – Alan Dershowitz
“Intolerance is evidence of impotence.” – Alistair Crowley
Intolerance is violence.
Intolerance is discrimination.
Intolerance is impotence.
One would have to assume then that if intolerance means all of those things, then the opposite of intolerance must mean… well, the exact opposite, and that a world totally devoid of intolerance would be a world where peace, inclusiveness and potency abounded.
I am here to tell you right now that intolerance is the only hope for our survival as a nation, and most importantly, as a civilization.
The late Austrian-British philosopher Karl Raimund Popper addressed the idea and possible effects of a world governed by boundless tolerance in his 1954 masterpiece “The Open Society and it’s Enemies”.
Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.
Today, we’re so Hell-bent on being politically correct that we force ourselves to suppress the mind’s natural inclination toward intolerance.
You see, people are naturally intolerant so tolerance is an unnatural state to live in, and it causes conflict in a person’s mind. Yet we embrace tolerance in the name of social coexistence at every level of social unit that we are a part of, from family, to neighborhood, to community, to work, to nation and beyond.
We constantly see things that we would not naturally tolerate, but we suppress that intolerance by reminding ourselves (sometime consciously, other times unconsciously) that everyone has a right to their own opinion, and that not everything is our business.
All that hold ups until something like this comes along.
From the Farsi Christian News Network.
A Syrian nun revealed to the Vatican radio that extremist Islamists in Syria crucified Christians for refusing to convert to Islam or pay a ransom.
Nun Raghed was managing the Catholic Patriarchate School in Damascus and is currently living in France. According to her, the armed groups, jihadists and radical Islamic organizations, which occupied the cities or villages, asked the Christians to convert to Islam or die, and sometimes they asked them to pay a ransom.
“As it is impossible to abandon their faith, they became Martyrs in a atrocious and violent way,” the nun stressed.She also noted that two men were crucified in Maloula because they refused to convert to Islam, and the jihadists shouted: “Convert to Islam, or you will be crucified like your master (Jesus).”
One more Karl Popper quote to mull over as that story sinks in.
Not only do I hate violence, but I firmly believe that the fight against it is not hopeless. I realize that the task is difficult. I realize that, only too often in the course of history, it has happened that what appeared at first to be a great success in the fight against violence was followed by a defeat. I do not overlook the fact that the new age of violence which was opened by the two World wars is by no means at an end. Nazism and Fascism are thoroughly beaten, but I must admit that their defeat does not mean that barbarism and brutality have been defeated.
Barbarism and brutality are on the march in our world, and tolerance is their ally.
That is certainly the fact in Europe, and even as Europe tries to turn back the tide of Islam, the U.S. encourages more tolerance from the European government:
From McClatchy DC
WASHINGTON — From pork rinds sprinkled on Muslim graves in France to a Christian pastor’s death sentence for apostasy in Iran, religious minorities were targeted across the globe in 2011, according to a U.S. government report Monday on the state of religious freedom.
The State Department’s annual compilation highlighted a few narrow openings in unlikely places – transitional Libya and closed-off Myanmar, for example – but it also criticized some traditional U.S. allies for backsliding when it came to protecting the freedom to worship.
Europe in particular was chided for failing to keep pace with its growing ethnic and religious diversity, with the report saying that the demographic change is sometimes accompanied by “growing xenophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim sentiment, and intolerance toward people considered ‘the other.’”
Belgium and France passed laws restricting dress that “adversely affected Muslims,” while Hungary introduced changes making it so difficult to register religious organizations that the number of recognized religious groups plummeted from more than 300 to fewer than 32.
“Members of faith communities that have long been under pressure report that the pressure is rising,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in Washington. “Even some countries that are making progress on expanding political freedom are frozen in place when it comes to religious freedom. So when it comes to this human right, this key feature of stable, secure, peaceful societies, the world is sliding backwards.”
There is no room in the United States for Islam, and while many people will point to the tolerant attitude toward religious freedom embedded in our Constitution, I will argue that permitting Islam to thrive on our soil will mean the end of all religious freedom, as Islam is as much a declaration of war on all religions outside of itself as much as it is a religion. The freedom of religion enshrined in our Bill of Rights will be the weapon used by Islamists to establish Islam in the United States, and with it the end of all religious freedom.
Muslims in the United States will abide by Islam no matter what just as they do now in Islamic nations where Islamofascism rains horrors down. Muslims in those nations whether out of fear or lack of interest, rarely (if ever) challenge or condemn the actions of fanatics, lunatics and jihadists, and they will do the same here.
Muslims will advance every aspect of their religion in as many places as possible on our soil. Specially in our universities, where the “liberal at 20” group is so busy trying to show the world the wonders of coexistence and tolerance by engaging in intolerance.
From The Blaze:
The administration at the University of California, Los Angeles is taking no sides regarding recent moves by its campus branch of Students for Justice in Palestine to try to exclude students who have taken trips to Israel sponsored by certain Jewish-affiliated groups from voting in the undergraduate student government.
Jewish organizations this week decried the effort to thwart travel to Israel on trips organized by pro-Israel groups – while giving a pass to pro-Palestinian, mosque- or church-sponsored travel – as “McCarthyism” and “repugnant.”
UCLA is taking a “neutral” stance on the issue?
This cannot be tolerated, not here.
There is no “neutral” stance on this issue. Neutrality is submisison.
Muslims in America support terrorism via their passive-aggressive stance on what Islam is doing in our world. They try and argue that the people doing the bombings and the beheading and the crucifixions are not true representatives of Islam, but the problem is then that the “true” representatives are NOT stopping them. For whatever reason, they tolerate them.
They will tolerate them here as well.
Peace and clarity of mind come when one stops suppressing the mind’s natural instincts to be intolerant in the face of dangerous intolerance.
We need to all be intolerant men and women and stand ready to defend our tolerant society from the onslaught of Islamic intolerance, and their tolerance-pushing enablers.
We must clear our minds from the artificially-imposed clouds of politically correct tolerance obstructing our thinking.
When we do, there will be nothing but eternal sunshine and a clear path on how to sustain our tolerant society.
I am an intolerant man, and this is my manifesto.
And that’s the last wire for Sunday, May 18th 2014.
What was news before this moment, is now history.