Saturday, July 31, 2010

A People's History Of Basic Marxism

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The FBI file also includes information on Zinn’s pro-Castro activism and support for radical groups such as the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Progressive Labor Party (PLP), Socialist Workers Party (SWP), and Black Panther Party. Much of the latter was in connection with Zinn’s support for a communist military victory in Vietnam.

Read the rest of that. What is important to note here is that Zinn evidently joined the Kremlin-controlled CPUSA not during the “Popular Front” era of the 1930s — when many idealists were seduced — but after the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in which Stalin cruelly and cynically sacrificed Poland to the Nazis. Zinn was a card-carrying Commie who advocated Marxism-Leninism after the Red Army’s “Iron Curtain” occupation of Eastern Europe, after the treachery of the Rosenbergs and Alger Hiss had been revealed, and even during the height of Stalin’s anti-Semitic “Doctors’ Plot” purge!

A Crisis, Eh?

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Chris Muir has spent the last few years delivering a consistently high-quality, trenchant commentary on politics and culture from a conservative-libertarian perspective, which has been so good that the term “comic strip” really doesn’t do it justice.  Day By Day is a daily must-read for me and for many others, and the best part of it is that my friend Chris relies on the support of the conservative community to raise the funds necessary to keep the site and work in operation.  Today’s strip is a great example of the kind of commentary Chris provides for us every day:

You can keep Chris in the game.  I’ve noted on the Obamateurism posts that the DBD fund drive has been roaring along, and considering the state of the economy, Chris has done a good job getting close to his goal.


Had Andrew Breitbart dutifully written a column detailing how an obscure USDA official, Shirley Sherrod, and her husband, Charles Sherrod, had scammed the government out of millions, the story would have had the range and lifespan of a fruit fly.
"As an old pro," Brown acknowledged, "I know that you don't fire someone without at least hearing their side of the story unless you want them gone in the first place." Brown observed that Sherrod had been a thorn in the USDA's side for years, that many had objected to her hiring, and that she had been "operating a community activist organization not unlike ACORN." Although Brown does not go into detail, he alludes to a class action lawsuit against the USDA in which she participated some years ago.


Now, we are told, the general calls Sergei Prikhodko, the Russian national security adviser, many nights. Gen. Jones believes that by regularly interacting with Prikhodko, he can better defend Americans from the threats we face today.
During World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited Josef Stalin in the Kremlin. Stalin was rude, even abusive. He told Churchill that if the British fought the Germans harder, they wouldn't be so afraid of them.
Instead of being quiet or more circumspect, Churchill raised his voice, telling London that if Stalin's abuse continued, he would be forced to break off negotiations and head back home. The uneasy alliance between the Communists and the West would be in jeopardy.

The next day, Stalin was quiet, polite, almost cooperative.

Everything that Gen. Jones says to Prikhodko is being recorded. Everything.

Friday, July 30, 2010


The federal government's position in the Arizona case is, I think, outrageous. The Obama administration has decided to abdicate its most basic constitutional responsibility by failing to enforce the nation's immigration laws, and now it demands that the states do nothing to protect themselves against the invasion of illegals that federal nonfeasance inevitably encourages. This attack on the most fundamental police powers of the states is, to my knowledge, unprecedented. Michael Ramirez sums up the untenable position in which the Obama administration seeks to put state and local law enforcement. Click to enlarge:


What's Different

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All of these reasons make using optical, silicon waveguides instead of copper traces an obvious choice. Instead of using numerous copper traces to connect the CPU to the northbridge, for example, one could envision using a single optical fiber. Or having many CPUs on one massive board connect to a chipset located even meters of path distance away. Or even have one room full of just CPUs and another room full of memory.

What Intel demonstrated on Tuesday is a working example of just that - an optical interconnect fabricated using the current traditional CMOS process, for connecting conventional electronics. Effectively an optical bus on silicon.

What’s different about Intel’s demonstration is that the lasers themselves are hybrid silicon.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

An Amerikan Revolution

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No one should be surprised that, having been absorbed by our collectivist government, GM is now applying Obamanomics:

General Motors Co., the automaker 61 percent owned by the U.S., is buying subprime lender AmeriCredit Corp. for $3.5 billion to help it reach more customers with leases and loans to borrowers with faulty credit records.

Remember 2008, the year Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, with assistance from the Community Reinvestment Act, ACORN, and leftist lawyers like Barack Hussein Obama, managed to collapse the housing market, sending the economy into a tailspin? Now the same strategy will be applied to the auto industry.

Can't afford a car? Who cares? The important thing is your skin color — that, and keeping union members employed. Here are the keys; the taxpayer will pick up the bill.


Stop The White Man

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Shirley Sherrod, whom the media has reinvented as Rosa Parks II, isn't the only race-obsessed militant moonbat in her household. Here her husband Charles holds forth on the topic of sticking it good to the white man and his Uncle Tom accomplices:

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Silicon Photonics

Someday in the future, we may look back on the technology we're using today and laugh that we were using electrons to carry data in and around computers.

Intel Corporation this week announced a research prototype representing the world's first silicon-based optical data connection with integrated lasers. The link can move data over longer distances and many times faster than today's copper technology; up to 50 gigabits of data per second. This is the equivalent of an entire HD movie being transmitted each second.

The technology, called silicon photonics, will have far reaching applications. For example, at these data rates one transmit far higher-definition video in a teleconference than what our 1080p sets can display. Silicon photonics will also enable datacenters to be more flexible in location and setup.

Welcome to Light Peak...


According to Douglas, the teaching of the Declaration had no general applicability beyond the immediate situation that confronted the Founding Fathers. Restating Douglas's argument, Lincoln asked "in all soberness, if all these things, if indulged in, if ratified, if confirmed and endorsed, if taught to our children, and repeated to them, do not tend to rub out the sentiment of liberty in the country, and to transform this Government into a government of some other form." This is certainly one of the question that is raised in acute form by the doctrine of welfare state liberalism in general and by Obamacare as a case in point.

belongs in the same family as "the arguments that kings have made for enslaving the people in all ages of the world. You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden." That's Lincoln again.

14 Weeks

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Seeing as the one that the Democratic Governors Association came up with recently was simultaneously: foul-mouthed; pathetically lame; and very possibly in violation of American copyright law… I’d thought that I’d take pity on the poor, doomed fellows and let them take a look at what a good campaign ad looks like. From the RGA, a reminder that there’s an election in 14 weeks:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Moore Lives

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Shown are Intel's 50Gbps silicon laser transmitter and optical receiver connected by a standard fiber.

Intel has unveiled the prototype of a high-speed fiber-optic data system based on silicon chips with integrated lasers and detectors. The system runs at 50Gbps, with Intel claiming future scalability to 1Tbps and beyond.

Unlike current systems, Intel's prototype does not depend on discrete components to generate and detect light; instead, these are part of the same silicon substrate that contains other components, and can be made at the same time on the same dies during chip fabrication.

"It's about bringing silicon manufacturing to optical communications, bringing Moore's Law to high-bandwidth communications for every computing platform, and revolutionizing applications in the future," said Mario Paniccia, Intel fellow and director of Intel's Photonics Technology lab.

Jack*ss Is As Jack*ss Does

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IF ONLY HE WERE AS CHEAP WITH OUR MONEY AS HE IS WITH HIS OWN: Rep. Barney Frank causes scene demanding discount. “Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank caused a scene when he demanded a $1 senior discount on his ferry fare to Fire Island’s popular gay haunt, The Pines, last Friday. Frank was turned down by ticket clerks at the dock in Sayville because he didn’t have the required Suffolk County Senior Citizens ID. A witness reports, ‘Frank made such a drama over the senior rate that I contemplated offering him the dollar to cool down the situation.’”


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A comedian or satirist could not have come up with the recent scenario of Treasury Chief Timothy Geithner and other Administration officials suddenly trying to reassure corporate chieftains that the Obama Administration is pro business and loves free enterprise. A close and powerful Obama aide, Valerie Jarrett, sent Verizon CEO (and Business Roundtable chairman) Ivan Seidenberg a letter declaring: "While we may disagree on some issues, we have an open door and are always willing to consider input and ideas from everyone, including the business community." That's like Dracula saying he prefers bottled water to blood.

The truth is that not even the Franklin Roosevelt Administration was as hostile to and ignorant about free enterprise as this Administration is. Almost every action Obama officials take underscores their belief in the stereotype that businesspeople are mostly amoral, corner-cutting, consumer-shafting, pollution-loving menaces.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Du'O (Part 86,937)

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Goldman Sachs sent $4.3 billion in federal tax money to 32 entities, including many overseas banks, hedge funds and pensions, according to information made public Friday night.


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For 86 days, oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's damaged well, dumping some 200 million gallons of crude into sensitive ecosystems. BP and the federal government have amassed an army to clean the oil up, but there's one problem -- they're having trouble finding it.

Welcome To The Socialist Hell In Your Future

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Anyone who thinks communist socialism is less evil than Hitler's National Socialism needs to scrape up the courage to watch The Soviet Story:

Give the Left enough power, and Americans will rot in mass graves. Don't take my word for it; Obama's cohorts have already said so.

Sunday, July 25, 2010



I thought, as I think most people did, that the support of the liberal press would do Obama more good than it has. One wonders whether he might have been better off if not surrounded by sycophants.

O Reminder

September 29, 2008

A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS: "Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working." I asked permission to reprint without attribution and it was granted.


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One day, an artist friend of mine stopped by the house and spied the painting.

“Who did that?” he asked.

“I did,” I answered proudly.

“I can believe you did the face,” said my friend, a funny, blunt guy. “That sucks. But who did the eyes?”

“I did,” I answered. He stared at me hard. “I had help,” I added sheepishly.

“You had more than help.”

In reading Barack Obama’s 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father, my friend’s accurate assessment of my TR portrait resonates.

With no known prior writing except, by his own admission, “a journal of daily reflections and very bad poetry,” Obama is alleged to have sat down and written the above sentence. I could just as probably have painted the Mona Lisa.

“unruly maleness,” “unadorned insistence on respect” and “withdrawal into a smaller and smaller coil of rage” lace the book.

These are the “eyes” of the book. Yet in the several spontaneous interviews Obama has given on the subject of race, one sees not a glimpse of this eloquence and insight.

Same As It Ever Was

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The folks at PolitiZoid have done it again, this time using the Talking Heads classic "Once in a Lifetime" to bash Obama's response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill:

"And you may ask yourself, 'Did I really vote for him?'" (lyrics and commentary follow with original Talking Heads video):

Letting the days go by, play another round of golf
Letting the days go by, crude oil is flowing in the Gulf
Will it be blue again, after the oil is gone
They'll fix it this time, blame is going all around.

And you may ask yourself, "How do I fix this?"
And you may ask yourself, "How much oil is in there anyway?"
You may tell yourself, "These are not my poll numbers!"
And you may tell yourself, "This is not my friendly press!"

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

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Director Oliver Stone belittled the Holocaust during a shocking interview with the Sunday Times today, claiming that America's focus on the Jewish massacre was a product of the "Jewish domination of the media."

The director also defended Hitler and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and railed against the "powerful lobby" of Jews in America.

Stone said that his upcoming Showtime documentary series "Secret History of America," seeks to put Hitler and Communist dictator Joseph Stalin "in context."

"Hitler was a Frankenstein but there was also a Dr Frankenstein. German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support," Stone told Sunday Times' reporter Camilla Long.


THE US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be "far preferable" to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.

The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer.

The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama's claim last week that all Americans were "surprised, disappointed and angry" to learn of Megrahi's release.

Despite the controversy over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and Megrahi's release, it emerged over the weekend that BP is planning deep-water drilling off Libya.

Louisiana Is tOast

Last Tuesday, Northrop Grumman Corp., faced with tighter Pentagon spending and Obama administration priorities aimed at Afghanistan and away from the Navy, said it would shut its Avondale shipyard - the state’s largest industrial employer with about 5,000 workers - in early 2013 after two military ships are finished.

Avondale already was the subject of concern, since the program to build amphibious assault vessels will end in 2016, but Northrop decided to build the last two vessels at Pascagoula, Miss.

Another source of misery is the deepwater petroleum drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. The six-month “pause” that the Obama administration insists on could kill the drilling business off the Louisiana coast for years, industry and government officials warn.

Of the 33 deepwater rigs in the Gulf when the Deepwater Horizon exploded, two found new long-term homes in Egypt and off the coast of Africa within a week — just as the industry promised would happen.