Witch’s Will For A November Morning
For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home –
For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman’s hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought –
For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the “Land of the Free” –
My Pick Of The Litter Today
Alice In Liberal Land
By Thomas Sowell
“Alice in Wonderland” was written by a professor who also wrote a book on symbolic logic. So it is not surprising that Alice encountered not only strange behavior in Wonderland, but also strange and illogical reasoning — of a sort too often found in the real world, and which a logician would be very much aware of.
If Alice could visit the world of liberal rhetoric and assumptions today, she might find similarly illogical and bizarre thinking. But people suffering in the current economy might not find it nearly as entertaining as “Alice in Wonderland.”
Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the world envisioned by today’s liberals is that it is a world where other people just passively accept whatever “change” liberals impose. In the world of Liberal Land, you can just take for granted all the benefits of the existing society, and then simply tack on your new, wonderful ideas that will make things better.
For example, if the economy is going along well and you happen to take a notion that there ought to be more home ownership, especially among the poor and minorities, then you simply have the government decree that lenders have to lend to more low-income people and minorities who want mortgages, ending finicky mortgage standards about down payments, income and credit histories.
That sounds like a fine idea in the world of Liberal Land. Unfortunately, in the ugly world of reality, it turned out to be a financial disaster, from which the economy has still not yet recovered. Nor have the poor and minorities.
Apparently you cannot just tack on your pet notions to whatever already exists, without repercussions spreading throughout the whole economy. That’s what happens in the ugly world of reality, as distinguished from the beautiful world of Liberal Land.
The strange and bizarre characters found in “Alice in Wonderland” have counterparts in the political vision of Liberal Land today. Among the most interesting of these characters are those elites who are convinced that they are so much smarter than the rest of us that they feel both a right and a duty to take all sorts of decisions out of our incompetent hands — for our own good.
In San Francisco, which is Liberal Land personified, there have been attempts to ban the circumcision of newborn baby boys. Fortunately, that was nipped in the bud. But it shows how widely the self-anointed saviors of Liberal Land feel entitled to take decisions out of the hands of mere ordinary citizens.
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Americans don’t care about OWS – Gallup Poll
It’s not that people love bankers or aren’t concerned about income inequality. Nor are they oblivious to how a select few – corporations, unions, the politically connected – can manipulate the system to their advantage.
It’s just that they apparently don’t think a bunch of kooks, loons, communists, anarchists, and dirty necked galoots have the answers:
A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows that the “Occupy” movement has failed to capture the attention of a majority of Americans, indicating either ambivalence toward it or lack of interest.
The poll finds that 56% of Americans surveyed are neither supporters nor opponents and 59% say they don’t know enough to have an opinion about the movement’s goals.
The survey, however, does show an increase from 20% to 31% in disapproval of the way the protests are being conducted.
No surprise here. Those most interested in OWS from the beginning was the liberal media and the Tea Party Enviers in the Democrat Party.
The Media’s Emtional Attackment To OWS
by Peter Wehner
If you want to see a revealing look at the emotional, and not simply political, investment liberals have in the Occupy Wall Street Movement, watch Mika Brzezinski and Jeffrey Sachs respond to Newt Gingrich’s comments over the weekend that the protesters should get a job and take a bath. Their rage is uncontained, almost tear-inducing, and comical. The whole crew and conversation, with one liberal egging on the other, is a fantastic window into the dominant mindset of modern-day liberal journalists.
The Old Bat Rants Again!
Just a little rant today. A rant dedicated to the twelve idiots who could not, would not take one step back from ideology, their re-election hopes, their fear of the bases of their parties to do what must be done for the welfare of the country. We needed, desperately, statesmen and woman and what we got were the same tired old politicians who are now spouting their same old talking points.
Children who can’t behave and get along are often given a “time-out”. If the American voters are smart they will give a “time-out” to all these fools who play politics with our country’s welfare.
I didn’t expect much from the ”Super Committee” and thus was not disappointed. I really wish they had surprised me. I wish they had surprised the whole country. I wish they could have put politics aside and worked together as Americans in stead of as Democrat and Republican.
Now I wish they would all sit down and STFU. They failed. That in itself should keep them quiet for at least a short time. Or it would if they had any common decency at all.
Insurers “terrified” of Supreme Court ruling on health care reform law
The insurance industry is terrified that the Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate to buy insurance next year while leaving the rest of the healthcare reform law intact.
For insurers, the death of the mandate alone — one of many plausible outcomes in the blockbuster case — is the nightmare scenario, one Republican healthcare lobbyist told The Hill.
Unemployment falls in Alabama as immigration reform is enacted
Unemployment rates have fallen in Alabama amid new legal pressure on companies to comply with a popular immigration reform law.
September was the first full month that the reform was in force, and the unemployment rate fell from 9.8 percent in September to 9.3 percent in October, according to a Nov. 18 report from the state government.
The rates fell from 9.9 percent to 9 percent in Etowah County, from 8.8 percent to 8.1 percent in Marshall county, and from 11.6 percent to 10.6 percent in DeKalb county.
“The latest fall in unemployment numbers is proof that American citizens will work, and continues to solidify [the evidence] that self-deportation [by illegal immigrants] due to the Alabama Taxpayer & Citizen’s Protection Act is occurring,” said Chuck Ellis, a city council member in Albertville — the main town in Marshall County, northern Alabama.
What’s Going On In The World?
China’s Fury Over Obama’s Asia Policy
REPORTING FROM BEIJING — Chinese scholars and commentators lashed out with barely repressed anger at President Obama’s trip to Asia, complaining that his efforts to shore up U.S. influence in Asia were by implication aimed at containing China.
“The United States has alienated 1 billion Chinese. It’s not smart public diplomacy,” Shen Dingli, a professor of American studies at Shanghai’s Fudan University, said Monday.
The English-language China Daily in its lead editorial on Monday accused the United States of “scaremongering” over the perceived threat of China’s rise and a signed Op-Ed article on Sunday declared, “East Asia not U.S. playground.”
“The aim of America’s strategic move east is in fact to pin down and contain China and counterbalance China’s development,” echoed Jiefang Daily, a Chinese-language version of the official Xinhua news agency, in a commentary on Sunday.
Chinese reaction during Obama’s trip to Australia and Indonesia had been relatively muted, but it seems that hard-line anger is mounting with time to parse over events of the nine-day trip, which ended Sunday.
In Australia, Obama announced plans to locate 2,500 Marines in Darwin by 2016 — troops that Beijing fears could be used for the defense of Taiwan. He also outlined a new trade alliance called the Trans-Pacific Partnership that would most likely exclude China because of strict environmental and labor standards.
At a summit of East Asian countries in Bali, Obama also pressed a reluctant Premier Wen Jiabao into discussing China’s territorial claims to the South China Sea, despite Beijing’s past insistence that disputes be handled with each country individually and not in an international setting. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei have all complained about China’s territorial claims.
Image of the day from the animal kingdom:
Fighting For The Mainstream
Another Objective Reporter for NBC News as Chelsea Clinton joins their team
I’ve just returned from the National Review cruise, seven days of listening to major conservative minds like PJ Media’s own Victor Davis Hanson, Mark Steyn, Jonah Goldbergh, Ramesh Ponnuru, Mona Charen, John O’Sullivan, Andrew McCarthy, John Yoo, and many others. Again and again, as we motored through the Caribbean, I was struck by the speakers’ quality of thought, their breadth of knowledge and depth of insight. And again and again, I found myself thinking, why doesn’t the world at large get to see these guys more often?
I love Fox News. Love Hannity, O’Reilly, the whole gang, not to mention Rush, Ann Coulter, and of course the guy who gives my videos a home, Glenn Beck. But if you don’t happen to be a conservative, if you’re the typical individual who doesn’t follow politics very closely but votes for the person who seems “fair” or “nice” or the one who doesn’t cheat on his wife or the one who looks presidential, the most popular conservative commentators can seem brash, loud, aggressive, and even mean.
Meanwhile, you’re probably getting your news from people whose approach to information is so one-sided as to be dishonest — people,I mean, like Brian Williams, George Stephanopolous, and Diane Sawyer. And yet they appear thoroughly presentable: polite, well-spoken — exuding elegance and good will even as they go about demonizing anyone they disagree with.
That’s why the sort of commentators who were on the NR cruise could be invaluable weapons in the information wars. It would, I think, be very difficult for anyone to accuse Mona Charen of being brash or aggressive, or anything but the gracious, thoughtful, well-spoken lady she obviously is. It would be pretty hard to peg the soft-spoken, professorial VDH with being loud or mean. So too with Goldberg, Ponnuru, McCarthy, and the others.
But these people don’t appear all that often in venues where the normal news-gathering citizen can see and hear them. They certainly don’t often get interviewed on ABC, CBS, or NBC.
And, of course, we know why. ABC, CBS, and NBC are dishonest brokers of information. The left-wing narrative affects their world view and skews their news. They look at a tea party demonstration of ten thousand and spot one racist and declare him a representative element of an essentially radical movement. They look at 750 Occupy protesters, see 700 slobs, thugs, and anti-semites, and declare them an anomalous sideshow of a mainstream uprising. Sometimes they actually lie — by commission or omission — but just as often, I think, they simply see what they expect to see and are incapable of seeing or reporting anything else. (To see more clearly they would have to hire someone perhaps a little bit less biased than, say, Chelsea Clinton.)
Support for “Occupy” Unchanged, but More Criticize Approach
Majority remains noncommittal toward the movement and uncertain about its goals
PRINCETON, NJ — Americans have grown a bit more critical over the past month of the methods used by Occupy Wall Street protesters; however, their overall view of the movement and position on its goals have not changed. The majority of Americans, 53%, say they neither support nor oppose the movement, while supporters continue to slightly outnumber opponents.
Generic Congressional Ballot: Republicans 41%, Democrats 40%
For the second week in a row, Democrats and Republicans are essentially tied on the Generic Congressional Ballot, this time for the week ending Sunday, November 20.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Republican in their district’s congressional race if the election was held now, while 40% would choose the Democrat instead.
Voters are angry – especially at congress and bailed out banks
There’s a lot of anger in America today, but voters seem to reserve a special place in hell for Congress and the large banks bailed out by the federal government.
Rasmussen Reports in its latest national telephone survey asked Likely U.S. Voters how angry they are at five segments of society regularly in the news, and most voters expressed at least some anger at all of them. But the intensity of that anger was strongest for Congress and the bailed-out banks.
Quote For Today:
An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie. ~ Aldous Huxley