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Good Ol’ Child Slavery

September 10, 2009
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I’m not a person you should be listening to. But child labor is slavery, and there are no two ways around that. If you drink Coke or Coke products, you’re just like George Washington.

Yahoo via AP:

WASHINGTON – A new Labor Department report identifies more than 58 countries where child labor or forced labor is used to make hundreds of goods — from coffee grown in Colombia to Christmas decorations made in China — that often end up in the United States.

The government wants American companies and consumers to know about the chance these products are made under conditions in which children and other workers are exploited and abused.

“We want to engage with these countries and corporations that may have their hands in the wrong places here and try to correct this,” said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. “I do hope that the major corporations will take it seriously.”

Despite some progress in curtailing child and forced labor, the problem continues to persist with products from nearly every region of the world, from West African cocoa farms to Latin American sugar cane to Indian silk.

The report, being made public Thursday, was mandated by Congress. It does not name foreign companies that use child labor or U.S. businesses that purchase such goods. Solis said the intent is not to penalize companies or bar trade with any country.

Rather, the goal is to raise public awareness about child or forced labor used in the production of goods on the list and encourage voluntary efforts by U.S. companies to make sure raw goods from foreign suppliers are not derived with exploitive labor. […]

Coca-Cola, which buys sugar cane around the world, faces tough a challenge based on the new data. The report says child or forced labor is involved in sugar cane production in Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, the Philippines, Thailand and Uganda.

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Philebrity on Obama Indoctrination

September 8, 2009
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ObamaChillOut

Some more on the Communist takeover of American schoolchildren’s minds. The horror.

Philebrity:

Nobody turned Kenyan or killed all the old people off or suddenly became part of the liberal complainosphere, demanding Commie health care. Rather, it was a sweet, stage-y exchange, not unlike the one George W. Bush was giving when the planes flew into the towers. Only this time, that didn’t happen. Pretty amazing, really.

I don’t particularly care for this site, mostly because I get the feeling the people who write for it are assholes, not unlike myself. But still. This was pretty funny.


Carter: Still Doing Good Things

September 7, 2009
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Jimmy Carter is promising more peace in the Middle East. This guy just doesn’t quit.

Washington Post:

A majority of the Palestinian leaders with whom we met are seriously considering acceptance of one state, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. By renouncing the dream of an independent Palestine, they would become fellow citizens with their Jewish neighbors and then demand equal rights within a democracy. In this nonviolent civil rights struggle, their examples would be Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

A one state solution? Stranger things have happened.

God bless you, old man.

The Onion:

Cocksuckers.

Oh, what’s that I hear? The weather’s all screwy? You got a global warming problem? Boo-fucking-hoo! I was telling you morons to turn off your lights and unplug all your shit at night to conserve energy in 19-fuckin‘-75, for chrissake. Gee, I wonder what woulda happened if we’d all switched to solar power like I fucking did back when we had a fucking chance to do something about it. Think we’d still be sucking Saudi Arabia’s dick like a five-dollar whore? I sure as fuck didn’t get no fancy Oscar for that little spiel, though, did I? No. But Al Gore, that cum-sucking pig, steals the shit from me and now he’s the greatest thing since Jesus Christ made a fucking sandwich.

Well, he can lick my asshole right after George W. Bush, that fuck.

You want compassion? Somebody who’s looking out for the little guy? Why don’t you take a look at Jimmy Carter, ’cause unlike, oh, every motherfucking candidate out there, he spent the last fucking quarter-century building houses for the homeless. And what does he get for it? A fucking hernia. Some fucking gratitude, you selfish twats. You talk to me about compassion? I’ll shove a crucifix so far up the Democrats’ asses they’ll be asking me to buy them dinner and kiss them good night.

Funny thing about me: I actually fucking know shit! Not like these goombas trying to weasel their way into the White House. I practically wrote the book on collapsing bridges, inflation, and the working poor, fuck-o. I even got a degree in nuclear engineering or some shit. You know how easy I could swoop down right now like a guardian angel and solve all your fucking problems? Snap. Bam. Do it in my fucking sleep. Just fucking try me.

So you want me to run for president again? Yeah, sure, absolutely, I’ll do it. I’d be honored to do it—with my fucking dick in your mouth, you worthless scumbags.


Conspiracy Theorists: Those Who Offend Us Are Nazis

September 3, 2009
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This is awesome.

Conspiracy website Inforwars.com (often legitimized by Fox News becuase of its Barack Obama conspiracy theories) takes on phychology because a Psychology Today article talks about the mentality of someone who would believe any bad thing about anyone they don’t like.

They refer to the article as a “hit piece.”

But hey, at least they understand they they are conspiracy theorists. So, in a way, the Psychology Today has done some good.

InfoWars takes the high road, though. They just talk about the phychologists who helped Stalin and Hitler (Obama’s very close friends).

No mention on how the media also helped Nazi Germany. No mention of how Jewish prisoners were forced to work on railroads, which would also lead us to conclude that railroad workers helped Hitler and are, therefore, as dangerous as psychologists.

Also, at some point, I’m sure a zookeeper joined the German army. Zookeepers, you’re next.

According to a Psychology Today hit piece written by psychologist John Gartner, people prone to thinking that powerful men might actually get together and plan to maintain and advance their power are borderline psychotics who are a danger to society. In reality, hundreds of years of history has taught us that psychologists routinely aid authoritarian regimes in enforcing tyrannical and inhumane policies while helping them crush political opposition by defining suspicion of authorities as a mental illness.

As we highlighted in our article yesterday, psychologists in the Soviet Union were used to stifle free speech by classifying skepticism and political opposition to the state as a mental illness, which is precisely the implication littered throughout Gartner’s crass hit piece.

In the former Soviet Union, psikhushkas — mental hospitals — were used by the state as prisons in order to isolate political prisoners, discredit their ideas, and break them physically and mentally. The Soviet state began using mental hospitals to punish dissidents in 1939 under Stalin.

According to official Soviet psychiatry and the Moscow Serbsky Institute at the time, “ideas about a struggle for truth and justice are formed by personalities with a paranoid structure.” Treatment for this special political schizophrenia included various forms of restraint, electric shocks, electromagnetic torture, radiation torture, lumbar punctures, various drugs — such as narcotics, tranquilizers, and insulin — and beatings. Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag: A History, indicates that at least 365 sane people were treated for “politically defined madness,” although she surmises there were many more.


RedState Blog: Providing Mundane Observances

September 3, 2009
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cover_erick-erickson108Fat Republican blogger Erick Erickson (real name?) has figured it out! Though it’s only been seven months, President Obama is already a “Miserable Failure”!

Whew. I was hoping someone could figure that out for me. Thanks, Erick.

Redstate:

Can We Call Him a Miserable Failure Yet?

Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)

Wednesday, September 2nd at 10:12PM EDT

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This is in need of repetition.

A majority of independent voters disapprove of how Barack Obama’s handling his job as president, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-three percent of independents questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday say they disapprove of how Obama’s handling his duties in the White House, with 43 percent in approval. That result marks the first time in a CNN poll that a majority of independents give the president’s performance a thumbs-down.

What is important here are the underlying details of the polling. It is not that they don’t like Obama. And it is not that independent voters don’t think Barack Obama is leading us.

It is that independent voters think Barack Obama is leading us in the wrong direction.


Southern Republican Governors

September 2, 2009
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Bobby Jindal hates the stimulus. HE HATES IT!!!! He’s totally against any sort of government money for doing stuff and government related government.

2 The Advocate:

On Father’s Day this year, Gov. Bobby Jindal settled into a state helicopter with two staff members and flew to church services in Springhill.

A week later, state records show, he was in Dry Creek, again to attend church. The weekend after that it was a church in Monroe. […]

The helicopter that the governor uses the most costs $1,200 an hour to operate — about $45,000 for five months of church visits.

When Mark Sanford stabbed his wife and kids in the back (while simultaneously stabbing some South American woman with his joystick), it was okay. God was there, and he was just like, “Mark, bang away. I want you to be governor.”

Sanford’s Press Release:

It’s in the spirit of making good from bad that I am committing to you and the larger family of South Carolinians to use this experience to both trust God in his larger work of changing me, and from my end, to work to becoming a better and more effective leader.

In this regard I think all that has transpired will be particularly relevant in the way I deal with the legislative body and other state leaders going forward. Micah 6:8 asks us to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly, and as I begin these steps into the last 18 months of this administration, it will indeed be with a more contrite and humble spirit.

Both these guys think they can be president. (I would say Sanford no longer thinks so, but he’s clearly outed himself as a mental case, so who knows?)