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Glenn Beck Does Not Understand Student Loans

2010 March 16

Last night Glenn Beck talked about how the Democrats are trying to sneak President Obama’s student loan plan into the Health Care bill.

As I’ve said before I’m a passionate Beck supporter. He’s the most important conservative commentator and the best host on Fox News. He really GETS the Left. But just as he’s ridiculously wrong about Geert Wilders being a fascist he’s REALLY wrong about student loans. read more…

From the Writings of David Horowitz: March 16, 2010

2010 March 16

ON THE MORNING OF THE ATTACKS on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, along with a million other readers of the New York Times including many who would never be able to read the paper again, I opened its pages to be confronted by a color photo showing a middle-aged couple holding hands and affecting a defiant look at the camera. The article was headlined in an irony that could not have been more poignant, “No Regrets For A Love Of Explosives.” The couple pictured were Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, former leaders of the 1960s’ Weather Underground, America’s first terrorist cult. One of their bombing targets, as it happened, was the Pentagon.

“I don’t regret setting bombs,” Ayers was quoted in the opening line of the Times profile; “I feel we didn’t do enough.” In 1969, Ayers and his wife convened a “War Council” in Flint Michigan, whose purpose was to launch a military front inside the United States with the purpose of helping Third World revolutionaries conquer and destroy it. Taking charge of the podium, dressed in a high-heeled boots and a leather mini-skirt – her signature uniform – Dorhn incited the assembled radicals to join the war against “Amerikkka” and create chaos and destruction in the “belly of the beast.” Her voice rising to a fevered pitch, Dohrn raised three fingers in a “fork salute” to mass murderer Charles Manson whom she proposed as a symbol to her troops. Referring to the helpless victims of the Manson Family as the “Tate Eight” (the most famous was actress Sharon Tate) Dohrn shouted: read more…

Memo to Fox News: Please Stop Calling Michael Moore a “Liberal Filmmaker”

2010 March 15

Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier just referred to Michael Moore as a “liberal” when noting how he had recently criticized President Obama for committing political suicide slowly instead of quickly. (Moore is just one of many voices on the Left unhappy that Obama is pushing a “corporatist” health care plan instead of a single-payer system.)

I know it’s a bit much to ask that they refer to Moore most accurately — as a “Neo-Communist” — but couldn’t they at least try “leftist” or “radical” instead?

Matt Damon’s Neo-Communist Action Movie Flops

2010 March 15

On Your World with Neil Cavuto right now John Wagner of the Warrior Legacy Foundation is being interviewed about Howard Zinn-disciple Matt Damon’s leftist box office bomb “Green Zone.”

The film made 14.3 million. Ouch.

Anyone ever notice how Hollywood’s need to continue to make failing anti-Iraq War movies is similar to the Left’s inability to abandon socialist policies that always fail? They can’t learn from history — or they don’t care.

John Guardiano Is Forgetting Commandment #1 of Responsible Political Punditry: Thou Shalt Not Talk Through Thy Hat

2010 March 15

Guess I need to figure out the other 9 commandments so I can carve them into stone tablets.

Two blog entries that David Horowitz wrote in the fall of 2008 on the economic meltdown have stuck with me:

Beware of Talking Through Your Hat, Particularly About Economics

Many people are still talking through their hats (yeah, including me).

Fall 2008 was an important time in my political development. It was when I was beginning to make my transition from antagonizing David to supporting him. What really blew me away with these short posts from David was this: he was openly admitting that he did not have the answer. He was showing some intellectual humility — a tremendously rare thing in this age in which political pundits are expected to be experts in everything. He saw the complexity of the economic meltdown and did not rush to embrace simple answers. The lesson to learn for a young political writer: if you don’t know about something, don’t pontificate on it. (And also that “talking through your hat” is a wonderful phrase to use.)

John Guardiano has not learned this yet. And it’s time he did. read more…

From the Writings of David Horowitz: March 15, 2010

2010 March 15

The article you are about to read is the most disturbing that we at have ever published. As an Internet magazine, with a wide circulation, we have been in the forefront of the effort to expose the radical Fifth Column in this country, whose agendas are at odds with the nation’s security, and whose purposes are hostile to its own. In his first address to Congress after 9/11, the President noted that we are facing the same totalitarian enemies we faced in the preceding century. It is not surprising that their domestic supporters in the American Left should have continued their efforts to weaken this nation and tarnish its image. Just as there was a prominent internal Fifth Column during the Cold War, so there has been a prominent Fifth Column during the war on terror.

By no means do all the opponents of America’s war policies (or even a majority) fit this category. Disagreement among citizens is a core feature of any democracy and respect for that disagreement is a foundational value of our political system. The self-declared enemies of the nation are distinguished by the intemperate nature of their attacks on America and its President – referring to the one as Adolf Hitler, for example, or the other as the world’s “greatest terrorist state.” They are known as well by their political choices and associations. Many leaders of the movement opposing the war in Iraq have worked for half a century with the agents of America’s communist enemies and with totalitarian states like Cuba and the former USSR. read more…

On the Critique of Islam You Need to Look Before You Leap, John

2010 March 14

John Guardiano doesn’t like what Robert Spencer, Andrew McCarthy, and many of us here at NRB have to say about Islam. He thinks such views are “ignorant” and “caricatures.” And he prefers to label such individuals “right-wing” instead of “conservative.”

I could do a long post challenging John’s points but I think instead I’m just going to first pose 4 questions to him:

1. Could you please list all of the books you’ve read by Spencer and other critics of Islam which you have judged to be incorrect? (And could you explain the process by which you judged them “ignorant” and “caricatures”?)

2. Are ex-Muslisms like Walid Shoebat and Mosab Yousef (who say identical things about Islam as Spencer) wrong — and ignorant — too? read more…

Challenge: Can Anyone Rebut the 6 Points From My Review of “The Healing of America”?

2010 March 14

A week ago I wrote a review for FrontPage of T.R. Reid’s pro-socialized medicine manifesto The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.

In my review I summarized six objections for why socialized medicine is a horrible idea:

A) Socialized medical systems at home and abroad are going bankrupt. Why? Because they are based on fraudulent economics that do not understand human nature.
B) These systems require drastically higher taxes than we have now. This is something that is virtually never talked about honestly. read more…

NewsReal Sunday: Is There An Objective Standard of Right and Wrong? Yes, But We Can — and Will — Change It As God Draws Us Closer To Him

2010 March 14

This past week at NewsReal Blog we saw an intriguing debate between Suzanne Venker and Jeanette Pryor. Suzanne had chosen to challenge our Movement’s social conservatives by positing that advocating abstinence until marriage was wrongheaded. Jeanette responded that this was a form of relativism and would lead to moral anarchy as universal standards of Right and Wrong were ignored.

And I was pulling my hair out because I was too busy managing the publication during the especially busy days of the week that I did not have time to jump in.

Jeanette chose a curious metaphor to try and demonstrate the folly of moral relativism: cannibalism. She parodied Suzanne’s Premarital Sex: Does It Have to Be All or Nothing? with her own witty headline, Cannibalism: Does It Have to Be All Or Nothing?

Well, Jeanette, actually, there are times when cannibalism is the entirely moral thing to do. Consider the Donner Party and “Alive” scenarios. If you’re trapped and the only nourishment available to feed your five children is the dead body of a friend would you not employ your French cooking skills with a meat you would NEVER utilize under other circumstances? Or would you ignore your motherly instincts to protect the life of your offspring? read more…

From the Writings of David Horowitz: March 14, 2010

2010 March 14

“…it is the unity of interest and the equality of condition…that are the all-consuming goals of the modern Left. To suppress human nature and human difference is,in essence, the Left’s utopian ambition – an ambition that requires the totalitarian state.” read more…

A Creature Emerges from the Bowels of the Blogosphere…

2010 March 13

Today saw the first emergence at NRB of a strange entity.

John Nampion was kind enough to transcribe a post spoken to him by Twog, the mascot of our NewsReal Twog sub-blog (pictured above.)

Where did Twog come from? Well, the term originated from an idea I had for shorter posts here at NewsReal Blog. What happens when one combines a Tweet and a Blog? You get a Twog. Our Twog sub-blog is focused on short, to-the-point posts, particularly on breaking news. And Twog was brought to life in art by my wife April. read more…

From the Speeches of David Horowitz: March 13, 2010

2010 March 13

— The Wednesday Morning Club, February 26 2010 read more…

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