Restoring the Sacred

Monday, February 28, 2011

The New Generation in Iran

From Iranium the movie website:

The Green Movement (in Iran)
The new generation in Iran is not hostile towards the West.
The new generation in Iran seeks democracy and human rights.
The new generation in Iran wants freedom from the oppressive regime.

Watch this exclusive clip of Amir Fakhravar, head of the Confederation of Iranian Students, who discusses the new generation’s "blogger revolution" in 2009.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sundays are for Beauty: The Three Tenors 1994 Concert

The Three Tenors in concert at Dodger Stadium, Chavez Ravine, in 1994, performing Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici.

Have a Beautiful Sunday.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Atlas Shrugged: The Trailer

Daniel Hannan, writing in The Telegraph today:

Since the credit crunch hit, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged hasn’t been out of the best-seller lists. Its depiction of a world in which “in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing” is eerily apt to our present discontents.

To watch the trailer for Part 1 of the movie, go here.

In theaters April 15, 2011.

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Thomas Sowell: High-Speed Rail = "World-Class Chutzpa"

Thomas Sowell's column this week tells us all we need to know about the government's unrealistic plans for "high-speed rail." Here are some clips:

Nothing more clearly illustrates the utter irresponsibility of President Obama than his advocacy of "high-speed rail." The man is not stupid. He knows how to use words that will sound wonderful to people who do not bother to stop and think.

High-speed rail may be feasible in parts of Europe or Japan, where the population density is much higher than in the United States. But, without enough people packed into a given space, there will never be enough riders to repay the high cost of building and maintaining a high-speed rail system.

However little Obama knows or cares about economics, he knows a lot about politics -- and especially political rhetoric. "High-speed rail" is simply another set of lofty words to justify continued expansion of government spending.

To talk glibly about spending more money on "high-speed rail" when the national debt has just passed a milestone, by exceeding the total value of our annual output, for the first time in more than half a century, is world-class chutzpa.

To read the entire column, go here.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Money Grubbing Public Sector Unions

The Trifecta gang at PJTV, as usual, do not hold back in their assessment of the problems caused by public sector unions.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wisconsin: At least they haven't blamed Bush - yet.

Tina Korbe at The Heritage Foundation had more to say about the union protests in Wisconsin today. You can read her article here.

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Katharine Birbalsingh Lost Her Job

Remember Katharine Birbalsingh? She gave a controversial speech at the Conservative Conference 2010 in London. You can visit the post about her speech here.

She has written a book about the education system in the UK; it's titled, To Miss with Love, and it comes out in April 2011. She's concerned that her critics are trying to discredit the book, and wrote of her concerns on her Blog. You can read her post here.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Caroline Glick: Islam and Women

Caroline Glick posted this on her website today. We've seen this guy before, but his name escapes me at the moment.

Islam and women

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Jimmy Carter: No Fear of Muslim Brotherhood

Feel better about the situation in Egypt now? If you do, try to remember what happened in Iran after Carter abandoned the Shah in 1979, then stood by meekly while radical Islamic followers of the Shah's replacement, Ayatollah Khomeini, stormed our embassy and subsequently held 66 Americans hostage for 444 days until the inauguration of Ronald Reagan caused them to be set free.

Paul Kengor, writing at The American Spectator this morning provides a closer glimpse of Carter's foreign policy achievements in his article titled: The Jimmy Carter Chronicles.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wisconsin in Need of Quality Teachers with Knowledge of History and Ability to Spell

Photos via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.
(Click to enlarge)

If you don't live in Wisconsin, be thankful: your kids have a chance. A micrometer would be needed to measure the intelligence level of some of the teachers who called in sick today so they could storm the capitol in Madison to protest Governor Scott Walker's proposal that "would restrict negotiations with non-law-enforcement unions to wages only, and would require recertification votes each year. It would also make Wisconsin a right-to-work state, ending automatic deduction of union dues from paychecks and instead make them voluntary." That does not seem to equate the governor with the former leader of the Nazi party in Germany, does it?

Check out Ed Morrissey's post at HOT Air by clicking here.

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Multiculturalism, Political Correctness & Radical Islam

So, what do we get when we combine multiculturalism, political correctness and radical Islam? See above: that's U. S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist of sorts, a bottom-feeder in his class, who never should have graduated - and wouldn't have had his name been Flynn.

Hasan is awaiting trial due to his starring role in the Ft. Hood massacre in November 2009, when, as we all remember, he opened fire, killing 12 fellow soldiers and a civilian employee, and wounding 32 others while shouting "Allahu Akbar!" His actions that day should not have surprised anyone who knew him - especially his military superiors.

Dorothy Rabinowitz discussed the obvious causes of the Ft. Hood tragedy as well as the total failure of the department of defense, in its investigative report, to acknowledge the problem in her Wall Street Journal column yesterday. This administration, as the one preceding it, seems determined not to identify the enemy that is waging war against us, and, of course, it's necessary to identify the enemy, before we can properly engage him.

Here are some clips from the WSJ article:

In a month of momentous change, it was easy to overlook the significance of another revolutionary event. Who would have believed that in the space of a few weeks the leaders of the three major European powers would publicly denounce multiculturalism and declare, in so many words, that it was a proven disaster and a threat to society?

One after another they announced their findings—Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Great Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy. Multicultural values had not only led to segregated communities: They had, Mr. Cameron noted, imposed policies of blind toleration that had helped nurture radical Islam's terrorist cells.

They (the words of foreign leaders) came at a fitting moment, just as Americans had been handed a report providing the fullest disclosures so far about the multiculturalist zeal that had driven Army and medical school superiors to smooth Nidal Malik Hasan's rocky way through training, promote him, and, despite blatant evidence of his unfitness, raise not a single concern. Maj. Hasan, U.S. Army psychiatrist, would be assigned to Fort Hood...

In this report, titled "A Ticking Time Bomb" and put out by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, there is a detail as dazzling in its bleak way as all the glowing misrepresentations of Dr. Hasan's skills and character, which his superiors poured into their evaluations of him. It concerns the Department of Defense's official report on the Fort Hood killings—a study whose recital of fact made no mention of Hasan's well-documented jihadist sympathies. Subsequent DoD memoranda portray the bloodbath—which began with Hasan shouting "Allahu Akbar!"—as a kind of undefined extremism, something on the order, perhaps, of work-place violence.

This avoidance of specifics was apparently contagious—or, more precisely, policy. In November 2010, each branch of the military issued a final report on the Fort Hood shooting. Not one mentioned the perpetrator's ties to radical Islam. Even today, "A Ticking Time Bomb," co-authored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) and Susan Collins (R., Maine), reminds us that DoD still hasn't specifically named the threat represented by the Fort Hood attack—a signal to the entire Defense bureaucracy that the subject is taboo.

You can read the whole Rabinowitz article by clicking here.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Feminists Beware!

Women in Iran

Manda Zand-Ervin fled Iran in 1979 after she was fired from her high government position. She currently lives in the U.S. and is the president and co-founder of the Alliance of Iranian Women.

Watch her message on Iranium the Movie website by clicking here.

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Obama's Budget: A Valentine for America

The gang at Trifecta take issue with the president's $3.73 Trillion budget with its $1.65 Trillion deficit, and some Liberal notables agree with them.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Marine Band w/ Guest Conductor

This is from the White House Correspondents Association Dinner on April 26, 2008.

H/T: rkwlsn

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"A Gathering Storm" in Paris

H/T: rkwlsn

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sundays are for Beauty: The Bells of St. Mary's

That's the trailer for "Bells of St Mary's," a 1945 film, featuring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman, that won one Academy Award and was nominated for nine others. It's one of those old movies you can enjoy with your children and grandchildren without being embarrassed.

The final scene in the movie is, in my view, one of the greatest love scenes ever to come out of Hollywood. Love, that is, in the sense of Agape, which has been defined as: the highest and purest form of love, one that surpasses all other types of affection.

Have a Beautiful Sunday.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mitch Daniels: Ronald Reagan Redux?

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels was introduced by George Will at the CPAC convention in Washington yesterday, and his speech was more than memorable: it will be the highlight of the convention and should catapult him into the position of front-runner for the GOP nomination to unseat the current occupant of the White House in 2012.

Here's George Will's introduction:

Top Republicans Headline Today's CPAC | C-SPAN

And HERE is the text of the speech as published by Kathryn Lopez on National Review Online.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

ZoNation rewrites Black History Month

Alfonzo Rachel of PJTV is not enthused about Black History Month and would like to know why the sponsors of the month always fail to mention prominent Black Republicans, or the fact that the Black leaders of the past, who actually deserve to be honored, were Republicans.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Obama, Clinton, and the Art of Prevarication

Dan Mitchell of The Cato Institute got quite upset about the interview President Obama did with Bill O'Reilly the other night, and went so far as branding his statement on taxes a lie. The title of his piece on BigGovernment.Com is: If Obama’s Allowed to Lie, I’m Allowed to Be Snarky. Don't miss the video he made about a hypothetical meeting between Obama and Clinton. You can click here to watch it on YouTube.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Iranium: The 1983 Beirut Bombing

From the Iranium website:

Beirut Embassy Bombing (1983)

Did you know that Iran was behind the 1983 attack on U.S. peace-keeping forces in Beirut, the largest terror attack on U.S. interests prior to 9/11?

Watch Arnold Resnicoff’s description of the devastation following this attack, and how his first-hand account of the disaster was publicly read by President Reagan.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Geert Wilders: "The Lights are going out all over Europe."

The speech given by Geert Wilders, at the resumption of his trial in Amsterdam today, was posted by Robert Spencer on his website: Jihad Watch.

Be sure to review some of the comments concerning the lack of courage on the part of some Conservative champions here at home.

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Mubarak's Departure: Remember the 1979 Departure of the Shah.

This is a trailer for the movie, "Iranium." You can watch the full one hour movie free of charge (for a limited time) by clicking on the screen at the top of this Blog. It's well worth the hour of your time.

You can also learn more about Iranium by clicking on the link below.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Cultural Decay: Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show

The Black Eyed Peas.

Surely someone at the NFL can come up with a better, more appropriate, family friendly way to entertain the audience during halftime of their biggest game of the year - or maybe not.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

The Little Gipper???

The Trifecta Gang at PJTV puts the lie to the new image of Obama being promulgated by the Left, who previously tried to compare him with Lincoln (actually he did that himself), FDR, and Clinton, but this recent incarnation is a bridge too far for Bill Whittle, Steve Green, and Scott Ott.

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