In this book, author Jonah Goldberg sets out to prove that today’s liberals – or "progressives" as they are now often called – trace their roots to socialism, and fascism; he argues that the roots of contemporary liberalism are found in Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s Italy. He argues that, while liberals like to call the Conservative movement "fascist," it is actually the liberal movement that deserves the title.
From David McCune, for Amazon:
“He argues that the totalitarian impulse, the philosophy of state control of decisions taking priority over individual freedoms, is the core uniting principle behind these brands of socialism, and he argues that the ongoing home of such statism is in what has come to be known as the "liberal" politics of the modern progressive movement.”
Ranked #8 at Amazon, a must-read.
From the cradle of civilization comes, for the first time in memory, reports of snow fall. From Brietbart.com:
“Snow Falls in Baghdad.”
Please note that while this doesn’t prove, or disprove, Global Warming, it does provide actual scientific evidence that the “Al Gore Effect”** is not dependent on any actual physical visit from Al Gore.
** The phenomenon that leads to unseasonably cold temperatures, driving rain, hail, or snow whenever Al Gore visits an area to discuss global warming.
I note that Ken Livingstone – the repugnant pro-Jihad Mayor of London has been winning the backing of "prominent Muslim organisations and individuals" – or so the Guardian would have us believe, for the forthcoming Mayoral election.
Phil Taylor has a most insightful post here on the precise nature of the wackos and extremists that are backing Red Ken fascinating to see the links with the Muslim Brotherhood and Mosques harboring extremist literature.
Ken Livingstone’s presence as Mayor is a blight on London. I really DO hope that the conservative opponent – Boris Johnson – does beat him. Boris may act the fool but Ken is something much more deadly, corrosive, degenerate.
Hat-tip to Ross at Unenlightened Commentary!
Here we go, a bit of jollity for the weekend….
I know that you like to chat so here’s a thread to talk about whatever is bothering you most!
I’ll tell you what is bothering me – foggy cold weather that is almost a pea-souper!
As the New Year rolls in, I want to increase the number of contributors to ATW and in that regard I would like to announce that two of ATW’s longest-standing and much regarded stalwarts – Grizzly Mama aka Monica and of course The City Troll – will be posting here going forward. I’m sure you all know this former Philly-based pair and will give them a warm welcome. You can expect nice liberal wooly minded posts from them as we seek to provide that balance I hold so precious ..ahem!
Now, what I want to hear from is right-of-liberal UK commentators looking to join our crazed fest…..!
Isn’t it GREAT that we lucky people in Northern Ireland have our "own" Ministers back in charge? It surely is, since we w know that they can deliver what we want. Like a 228% increase on the rates.
Yes, that is the amount that Finance Minister and DUP Deputy Leader Peter Robinson has declared we would have to stump up to to meet a £600m health service cash gap!!
Of course there is no way this would happen in real life but if you follow the exchange between Robinson and Health Minister Michael McGimpsey you realise that the only thing these guys really want to do is spend OUR money, and they’ll tax the hell out of us via the Rates if they are given half the chance. The idea that a joker like Michael McGimpsey could "fix" the NHS in Northern Ireland is surreal – he couldn’t fix a leaking pipe. But this sort of third rate economic debate is about as good as it gets.
Can’t we bring back Direct Rule Minister’s please – at least their incompetency was limited by the time they spent here – the clowns at Stormont are at it every day!
You would need to have a heart of stone not to feel so sorry for the tragic fate that befell poor ShafIea Ahmed. This poor young girl was murdered with the greater liklihood it was an "honour killing". If ever there was a term which is entirely inappropriate, then "honour killing" is it. There is NO honour in this barbaric practise – only shame. The decomposed body of teenager Shafilea Ahmed was found on a riverbank in February 2004, six months after she went missing from her Warrington home. The South Cumbria coroner Ian Smith ruled Shafilea had been unlawfully killed.
Shafilea’s parents and five family members were arrested by Cheshire Police but no charges were brought. Mr Smith said Shafilea was genuinely afraid, rightly or wrongly, that her parents were planning to arrange her marriage. Delivering the verdict at the inquest in Kendal, he said he was convinced Shafilea was murdered because of how the body was found. He said the body "had been hidden and she had been taken many miles away from home". Mr Smith said he believed the concept of an arranged marriage for the Muslim teenager was "central" to the circumstances leading up to her death.
It is bad form that no convictions have been brought here. Those within the Muslim community who think they can get away with such killings need to sent a firm lesson – convict them and out them away for life. It’s terrible that young girls meet such an awful fate and we must not tolerate this happening here in the civilised world. When one contemplates how this frightened young girl must have met her end – it makes me want to weep.
Justice for Shafilea means punishing those wicked savages that carried out this vile killing.