ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Peace In Our Time, Part Deux

Excellent Video from David Zucker.

Watch it...


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Yet Another Rovian Conspiracy Uncovered

It appears that The Onion has blown our conspiracy wide open... I just want to know who leaked htis operation.


December 18, 2006 | Issue 42•51

The Democrats' resounding midterm election triumph—sweeping both houses of Congress, as well as a majority of state legislatures and governorships—immediately bred suspicion among party leadership that Karl Rove, President Bush's closest adviser and the political mastermind behind Bush's rise to power, was once again pulling the strings.

"Let's not celebrate just yet," Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said on Nov. 8, shortly after the more closely contested seats were declared in the Democrats' favor. "This decisive Democratic victory could very well be part of an unfathomably brilliant plan of Karl Rove's to position the Republicans for the 2016 elections, and probably beyond. History has shown that the man is an unstoppable evil genius. You can't underestimate him."

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Gay Rights March to Mecca

H/T GatewayPundit

I think this is a great idea... it's great that those who don't support our efforts to transform the middle east and bring them out of the dark ages are finally recognizing the true danger that Islamofascism represents to our way of life - and particularly their way of life.

Greg Gutfeld - 12.18.2006
The March to Mecca

HELLO EVERYONE. I know it's been awhile since I've posted, but I've been very busy working on my book and television and web projects. However, after receiving this press release from the Huffington Post, I had no choice but to return. This is an absolutely fantastic idea, and I urge everyone to participate.

PRESS RELEASE
EMBARGO DATE: December 15, 2006, 4 PM.

IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM AND TOLERANCE, AND IN HARMONY WITH OUR GAY MUSLIM BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WE PROUDLY ANNOUNCE THE FIRST MARCH TO MECCA, FEBRUARY 14, 2007

Human Rights Watch, Moveon.org, ACT-UP, the Huffington Post and David Geffen are proud to present the March to Mecca, a celebration of peace that calls all gay brothers, sisters and people undergoing sex-reassignment to march to the holiest of holy cities, Mecca, the capital city of Saudi Arabia's Makkah province on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2007.

The march, a brainchild of activists and celebrities who acknowledge that more gays are dying from Islamic fundamentalism than from the policies of George W. Bush, will begin 12 noon sharp in Jeddah, the stunning night-life friendly Saudi Arabian city located on the coast of the Red Sea.

"Not marching in these countries, in this era of terror, seems cowardly," says event co-organizer
Sharon Stone. "I'm embarrassed to say at social gatherings I even blamed the United States for
everything. But I realized it's the radical Muslims - not the US - who want gays dead, and for that I am truly sorry."

Paris' gay Socialist Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, who was stabbed by an immigrant Muslim, is organizing the European contingency which features Limahl, Johnny Hallyday and Ciccolina. Whoopie Goldberg, along with Robin Williams will be hosting the kick off party at the Sheraton Riyadh. There will be refreshments and karaoke, hosted by David Hyde Pierce.

Beth Ditto, lead singer of the Gossip, who will perform with the newly reformed Yaz, thinks the march is overdue. "Forget right wing Christians. They don't hang gays for being gay. Islamofascists do. That's why were asking moderate, non-violent Muslims across the Western Province to join hands and embrace gay people everywhere."

"Almost half of all Muslim countries outlaw gay relations," says Huffington Post contributor Gene Stone, "and more than 70 countries ban all homosexuality, sometimes making it punishable by death. And here I am, blogging about how bad Renew America is. LOL."

"Think about the two teenagers convicted of homosexuality who were hanged in Iran last year," says Harry Shearer, "It makes all the hay we made over Mark Foley at the Huffington Post seem stupid. I, for one, am tired of being part of the problem."

The March to Mecca will snake through the sandy, sunny valley of Abraham, and it is urged that you pack sunblock and plenty of bottled water. "Don't forget to blog!" adds co-sponsor Arianna Huffington. After the march, Rep Barney Frank of the U.S. House of Representatives will host a special VIP rave on the Queen Boat, a floating disco on the Nile. Hugh Jackman will perform hits from "The Boy From Oz."

However... do they really think that a march is going to be effective? I mean, after a few hours, it's highly likely that everyone will be rounded up and thrown in jail by "our friends," the Saudis. And I hope that the marches aren't serious if they think they're going to get anywhere close to Mecca... If they really want to make a statement, they should try to go to the Holy Mosque... and perhaps carry some Bibles with them or something.

Because non-Muslims are not permitted to enter the city:
Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter Mecca.[1] Road blocks are stationed along roads leading to the city.

And you can be thrown in jail or simply beheaded if you bring a Bible into the country.

We'll have to send in Delta Force to rescue everyone after they pull a Khaleed Centanni and convert to Wahhabism, but at least it'll put things into perspective for them.

Let me put it this way... a "Gay Rights March to Mecca" is about as simple-minded and effective as a "Jewish Rights March to Berlin" in 1944.

Just don't see this guy making it very close to Mecca... And not just because he doesn't appear to keep to his training regime.



Or wait, perhaps this article from The Onion???

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Political Discourse in the 21st Century – Learning from Lincoln

I have not written a political word in months. There is a reason for that. I am disappointed, depressed and embarrassed by the level of political discourse.

In the last week or so I started reading Lincoln, particularly the Cooper Union speech and his arguments in the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates. The comparison to what passes for political discourse today is striking.

One of the things missing from today’s politics is simple logic. This is true on both the Right and the Left. Even for those few who attempt logic, they enter into Voltaire’s “madness.” That madness is a belief held despite all the evidence. It is a sincere belief, simply wrong. This is most commonly seen on the Left but is also seen on the Right. From that belief they argue well, but it is madness. Lincoln never did that. He marshaled his facts and argued from truth.

What Lincoln did is simple but difficult. He took the people seriously and argued seriously to them. Today’s politicians do neither. Their appeals are almost universally emotional rather than rational. I have come to believe this is dangerous and must be reversed.

This approach to issues of the day is fed by the media. The appeal to emotion is a drumbeat. No news story can be rendered, especially on television, without some reporter telling us the story is emotional, or heart rending or inspirational or any of another of words telling us how we should feel… rather than THINK Again from the media we get emotion charged language as in their use of the word “semi-automatic” when referring to firearms. Semiautomatic has become synonym for machinegun. We hear a word and we are supposed to be programmed to have a specific emotional response. From the blogosphere we get name calling rather than debate. This is a pathetic state of affairs.

From the politicians we get shrieking Hillary Clinton’s, “We are patriotic! How dare you say otherwise!” From Rumsfeld we get there really is no major problem in Iraq and we are mastering the situation. Goodbye Mr. Rumsfeld! From John Kerry we get… well we get John Kerry. And on and on it goes.

I enjoyed Lincoln’s arguments with regard to slavery. He stated that there were people in the country that believed slavery was wrong and there were those that believed it was not wrong. The Republican Party was organized around the former belief Lincoln said in 1858. There was a core belief. From that core belief came policy.

He then went on to put a finger in Douglas’ eye. Lincoln said he could not find that Douglas ever said slavery was either wrong nor not wrong. Without a core belief, Douglas proposed the Kansas Nebraska act, or “popular sovereignty,” that would allow the states to elect for slavery or Free State status. Douglas proposed this without passing on the issue of whether slavery was wrong or not wrong.

I found it interesting Lincoln did not pose the question of whether slavery was right or wrong, but rather whether it was wrong or not wrong. Lincoln laid it right on Douglas: “Mr. Douglas says…” Where is that level or argument today?

The core belief, if you can call it that, of today’s politicians could well have been uttered by Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth!” So they talk in circles, appeal to emotion or live in Voltaire’s madness.

That may do in times of peace and tranquility. But these are not such times. It is time to take the people seriously and argue seriously to them. It is time to look to Lincoln, rediscover our core beliefs, argue them wisely and well, take them to the people and act upon them