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Archive for June 23rd, 2010

AWESOME: Chris Christie “Day of Reckoning” Speech

Posted by iusbvision on June 23, 2010

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Michael Gerson: Mark Souder and the case for grace

Posted by iusbvision on June 23, 2010

This is one of the most thoughtful op-ed pieces I have ever seen. Gerson really does “get it” and this piece is a very rewarding read:

One of the least attractive things about Homo sapiens is its habit of creating entertainment from the suffering of others. Hangings once were public spectacles — part carnival, part moral lesson. The modern equivalent is the political sex scandal.

The latest, though by no means the worst, concerned former U.S. representative Mark Souder of Indiana, who admitted an affair with a staffer and resigned from office. Souder, a social conservative who supported abstinence education, was jeered for hypocrisy. There was a moment of national mirth. Then Souder packed up his office and left town. The carnival moved on.

My problem is, I know Mark Souder. Years ago, he was my first boss on Capitol Hill, when we both worked for Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana. I found Mark to be deeply religious, highly intelligent and slightly neurotic. The answer to any question was likely to be detailed, exhaustive and lengthy.

When we first met, Mark was charged with giving me an overview of Indiana politics. He paused a moment, then began, “Let me start with the glaciers . . .” And Mark was decent to me. Not long after I started working there, my father died suddenly. Mark drove from Washington to Atlanta to attend the funeral. I won’t forget.

Mark later became a thoughtful congressman, carving out a serious role on drug policy. He did his job with care and stubborn integrity. He was not a bright-burning political meteor, but he was the kind of man worth having in the House.

So what does sexual conduct have to do with the qualifications for public service? It is the question raised by the cases of politicians such as John Edwards, Mark Sanford, Eliot Spitzer and Bill Clinton. In practice, we make certain distinctions. There is a difference between breaking a vow out of weakness and smashing it out of malice. Sexual behavior can reveal our shared foolishness. Or it can reveal coldness, compulsion, cruelty, exploitation, arrogance and recklessness. Who can deny that these traits of character are potentially dangerous in a political leader?

But while sexual conduct is not irrelevant, it is also not everything. I have known politicians who are cold, arrogant, reckless — and faithful to their spouses. And I have known politicians who have been unfaithful and served the public well.

Moral conservatives need to admit that political character is more complex than marital fidelity and that less sensual vices also can be disturbing. “The sins of the flesh are bad,” said C.S. Lewis, “but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronizing and spoiling sport, and back-biting, the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither.”

Yet moral liberals have something to learn as well. The failure of human beings to meet their own ideals does not disprove or discredit those ideals. The fact that some are cowards does not make courage a myth. The fact that some are faithless does not make fidelity a joke. All moral standards create the possibility of hypocrisy. But I would rather live among those who recognize standards and fail to meet them than among those who mock all standards as lies. In the end, hypocrisy is preferable to decadence.

What we really need is to combine high moral standards with humility. When “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was first published, the poet and priest Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote to a friend: “You are certainly wrong about Hyde being overdrawn; my Hyde is worse.” In every life — apart from saints and psychopaths — there is a chasm between our intentions and our conduct. All human journeys are part pilgrimage, part farce. Whenever we mock moral shoddiness, laziness and frailty, we mock into a mirror.

This recognition should lead toward the most underrated of the moral virtues: mercy. Yes, people are baser than their highest ideals. They are also nobler than their worst moments. This does not make the distinction between base and noble impossible. But it makes a little grace appropriate.

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The Year of the Black Republican: Tim Scott Beats Strom Thurmond’s Son for South Carolina Congress Seat.

Posted by iusbvision on June 23, 2010

Tim Scott beat Paul Thurmond with an overwhelming 69% of the vote in the South Carolina primary. Scott was endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

The elite media has called this the year of the Republican Woman. In reality the narrative is a bit different and one they do not want to go near… You can tell that they do not want to go near it because the elite media narrative was that Scott would be the first (read only) black Republican in Congress since J.C. Watts…  what a crock. Well there are a LOT more names they left off that list.

Examples of the bogus elite media narrative:

Scott Could Become First Black Republican Congressman Since Watts

Check this from an “unbiased” reporter from the Washington Post:

The flip side of that upbeat assessment is the reality that the GOP is still not the party of choice for minorities, despite years of effort and outreach. Scott, should he win in November, would become the first black Republican member of Congress since 2003, when Oklahoman J.C. Watts retired.

The rest of the elite media pounced on this bogus narrative – LINK.


Tim Scott, William Randall (North Carolina), Stephen Broden (Texas), … in fact let me stop right there because there are so many that we have to use a chart…

Black Republicans Running for Congress:

Les Phillip
Alabama – 5
Princella Smith
Arkansas – 1
Vernon Parker
Arizona – 3
Virginia Fuller
California – 7
Star Parker
California – 37
Chriystopher Smith
California – 39
Mason Weaver
California – 53
Ryan Frazier
Colorado – 7
Chris Nwasike
Florida – 3
Eddie Adams
Florida – 11
Allen West
Florida – 22
Deon Long
Florida – 24
Cory Ruth
Georgia – 4
Deborah Honeycutt
Georgia – 13
Rupert Parchment
Georgia – 13
Isaac Hayes
Illinois – 2
Marvin Scott
Indiana – 7
Robert Broadus
Maryland – 4
Charles Lollar
Maryland – 5
Bill Hardiman
Michigan – 3
Angela McGlowan
Mississippi – 1
Bill Marcy
Mississippi – 2
Martin Baker
Missouri – 1
Michael Faulkner
New York – 15
Janice Volk
New York – 29
Jerry Grimes
North Carolina – 1
Lou Huddleston
North Carolina – 8
Bill Randall
North Carolina – 13
Tim Scott
South Carolina – 3
Jean Howard Hill
Tennessee – 3
Charlotte Bergmann
Tennessee – 9
William Hurd
Texas – 23
Stephen Broden
Texas – 30
Chuck Smith
Virginia – 3
David Castillo
Washington – 3
Lynn Hutchings
Wyoming – 7

Black Republicans Running for Senate:

Marion Thorpe
Milton Gordon
Corrogan Vaughn
Michael Williams

And by the way, take a look at Allen West in action. The Democrats are scared to death of this guy, and they are right to fear him as he has “President” written all over him.

But Wait – There’s More! Nikki Haley just won her primary in South Carolina  and she is from India, as well as GOP rising star, the superb Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal.

[Editor’s Note – Like was used against Sarah Palin, every kind of vile, sexist, ethnic, religious, and sexual attack was used against Nikki Haley and she won overwhelmingly]

South Carolina's Next Governor Nikki Haley

Governor Bobby Jindal

Oh by the way, shall we talk about other Republican minorities that have won their primaries such as Marco Rubio?

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Posted by iusbvision on June 23, 2010

Via Pam Geller and PI Germany:

In an intercultural day in Hanover Sahlkamp it came on Saturday in a serious anti-Semitic incident. After Festeröffnung the program was presented and explained that should arise, inter alia, a group of Israeli folk dancers. As the dancers came to the Liberal Jewish community on the stage, they were pelted by Arab and Turkish children with stones and it was called, “Down with the Jews.”

One dancer was injured.

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UN Calls Censorship a “Human Right”

Posted by iusbvision on June 23, 2010

Via Dallas Blog and Fox News:

The United Nations believes that the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has a “human right” to impose censorship on the media to “promote (Muslim) religious tolerance.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will even hand over funds for the OIC to ensure that strict censorship on the media will be enforced when reporters shed a negative light on radical Islamic militants that include, Osama bin-Laden, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, al-Shabaab (Somalia) and Abu Shayaff (the Philippines).

According to Fox News, “concerns about censorship were raised after the 56-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which has tremendous sway in the United Nations, successfully pushed through a resolution that creates a watchdog to monitor how religion is portrayed in the media.”

The OIC claims it will enforce religious tolerance by ensuring that the (Muslim) religion is not mocked. An incident occurred when Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed instigated Islamic riots. Yet, the United States and the European Union members on the council voted against the resolution, worrying that it will censor the press and assault freedom of expression.

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