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Gore is referred to as a moderate. Michael Moore leans a bit to the left. Rush Limbaugh is a far right-wing zealot. These labels are so terribly abused these days that it's really hard to know where you stand. I consider myself just a tad to the right of Michael Savage so to the flat-earthers, I don't even exist--having fallen off the side of the earth. Meanwhile, James Carville resides squarely in the center of the political spectrum. Confused? Yeah, me too. That's why everyone should take this simple test to determine if you are a liberal: (hat tip to rightwingnews.com)
Have you ever wondered if you're really a liberal? Well, wonder no more! Just take this nifty little true/false quiz and all will be revealed!
1. Bush was selected, not elected...like Hitler!
2. Criminals are victims too...well unless, they steal my old Joan Baez tracks. Do you know hard it was to get those? I'd like to kill that guy!
3. Loving America means talking about what's wrong with it incessantly and downplaying all the good things it does.
4. Howard Dean would be another great president...like Jimmy Carter!
5. Jesse Jackson is the greatest living African-American other than the first black President, Bill Clinton.
6. The French are our real allies because they love us enough to undercut our policies at every turn so we won't make any mistakes.
7. Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent, George W. Bush is guilty!
8. I support immigration laws as long as they're not enforced!
9. Discrimination against minorities is no longer acceptable in America...unless they happen to be conservative judges waiting for confirmation from the Senate.
10. Using military force to liberate Iraq & set up a Democracy in Iraq is not justifiable on humanitarian grounds because the UN didn't approve. On the other hand, using military force to liberate Kosovo was justifiable on humanitarian grounds even though the UN didn't approve.
11. Conservatives want to pollute the environment because they love drinking dirty water and breathing filthy air.
12. Bush knew about 9/11 before it happened....yes, I'm serious! It's true, it really is...I saw it on an internet site right beside of a story about lizard people who rule the earth.
13. We should give the UN Security Council a veto over whether we use our military or not because China, France, & Russia are looking out for our best interests!
14. Jim Crow laws were a bad thing because they discriminated against people based on race and Affirmative Action is a good thing because it discriminates against people based on race.
The correct answer to all the questions is false! If you answered true...
1-5 times: Watch Fox, read National Review, & turn off NPR. It's not too late for you!
6-10 times: You're so far to the left that you're practically French.
11-14 times: Michael Moore, what are you doing here?
So that's why The Guardian has been all against our liberation of Iraq--we only did it because of greed. We spent billions on the military operation. We lost hundreds of brave soldiers. We're spending billions in order to rebuild Iraq. We did this in spite of the wishes of the "International Community". We captured The Evil One. We're tracking and capturing/killing hundreds of "dead enders". We're giving the Iraqi people reason to hope for a better future. And why? According to the Guardian, we did it because of greed:
The US position has been that wiping out debts would be a dangerous precedent (and rob Washington of the leverage it needs to push for investor-friendly economic reforms). So why is Bush so concerned that "the future of the Iraqi people should not be mortgaged to the enormous burden of debt"? Because it is taking money from "reconstruction", which could go to Halliburton, Bechtel, Exxon and Boeing.
It has become popular to claim that the White House has been hijacked by neo-conservative ideologues in love with free-market dogma. I'm not convinced. If there's one thing the Wolfowitz/Baker dust-ups make clear, it's that the ideology of the Bush White House isn't neo-conservatism, it's old-fashioned greed. There is only one rule that appears to matter: if it helps our friends get even richer, do it.
This money for the reconstruction of Iraq comes from where? Yes, that's right--the American taxpayer. So why shouldn't we award contracts that are funded by American taxpayers to American companies? That's not greed, that's just smart. Why should we reward contracts to companies whose governments neither supported us nor aided us in our liberation of Iraq?
Is Bin Laden in Iran? Some people certainly think so:
Terror leader Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida "consorts" are in Iran, a respected Islamic leader told WorldNetDaily.
According to the source, who requested anonymity, a group of Arabs recently spent time in the desert area shared by Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, claiming the most wanted man in the world is "definitely in Iran."
David Aikman in a National Review Online interview explains why there are so many Christian intellectuals in China:
Several of the Chinese students and scholars studying in the U.S. and other foreign countries become Christian. Many of these also returned to China and meet up with colleagues of similar professional attainment who were holding private Christian meetings. Those attending these meetings then began to invite others. Word spread that Christianity "worked," that is, that people who were Christian were genuinely concerned for each other's welfare and that prayers often produced remarkable physical healings from difficult illnesses.
But another factor has been a very open-minded approach by many Chinese intellectuals into such phenomena as the remarkable historical primacy of Western civilization around the world. How could this happen? What were the core principles of Western civilization that enabled it, time and again, to correct itself rather than plunge into cyclical and eventually permanent decline? Many concluded that it was Christian ethics and the dynamism of a faith based on a profound hope in the future and a belief that history was not cyclical, as Buddhism and even Confucianism proclaimed, but linear, and with a specific end goal.
This is a very interesting interview which covers the rise of Christianity in China and its relevance to geopolitics and global strategic alliances. May God bless the Christians in China.
Here's the latest on the legal misadventures of El Rushbo.
The housekeeper, Wilma Cline, and her husband, David Cline, had demanded $4 million in hush money, Roy Black, one of Mr. Limbaugh's lawyers, told Judge Jeffrey A. Winikoff of the state's 15th Circuit Court in Palm Beach County. Mr. Black added that the couple went to prosecutors, who granted them immunity, and The National Enquirer only after Mr. Limbaugh, the conservative talk-radio host, stopped making payments.
Even in San Francisco they get the inkling that perhaps Howard Dean isn't paying attention.
"What I want to know is what in the world so many Democrats are doing supporting the president's unilateral intervention in Iraq!" -- Presidential candidate Howard Dean, before the California Democratic Convention
The capture of Saddam, the notorious Ace of Spades, caught the world's imagination. There was wild celebrating in Iraq, and even world leaders who opposed the Iraq invasion congratulated our president. Yet the day following the capture finds the hapless Dean on the campaign trail, failing to take note of the gravity of the moment, when there was a collective national sigh of relief that a historic milestone had been reached.
Hapless Dean--I like it. It could be a slogan. Adam Sparks also has a list of other various winners and losers. Winners: Iraqi people. Losers: Nine
Dwarves Diminutive Ones.
Hey, I'm all for giving someone the benefit of the doubt, but sometimes there is just too much doubt.
A man was arrested Monday at Miami International Airport because he was carrying a razor blade and a hacksaw blade in his shoe, police said.
David McIntyre, who was traveling with his wife and children, told authorities he forgot the blades were in his shoe, said police Detective Joey Giordano.
Seems like the French are going unilateral on us:
The French, God bless them, are finally joining the war against Islamic extremism. Their targets, which will now confront the full force of l'état, are schoolgirls who wear Muslim head scarves in French public schools.
President Jacques Chirac endorsed the scarf ban yesterday, heeding the advice of a recent task force on the subject. The schoolgirls might not rank with Iraq's Baath Party as security threats, but it seems the French feel the scarves pose a grave challenge to their concept of secularism, which they believe to be the cornerstone of the modern French state.
Good news from Flyover Country.