Conservative Bastion
The only blog that can factually claim to shift the Bell Curve, along with the hearts & minds of America, to the right.
Sunday, December 31, 2006
THE WORLD IS FLAT - GET USED TO IT
Back in June, I received a book on CD: The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. For those of you who don’t know, Friedman writes for the New York Times op-ed page on foreign affairs.

The book itself is a couple years old by now, but I never took the time to listen to it until yesterday. Its main focus is globalization and how America and Americans need to adjust in order to survive and excel in the new world.

As the title of the book denotes, the main point of his book is that the world is getting flatter. This is similar to the idea that the world is getting smaller, but with a twist. Friedman claims that in the past, economies worked from the top down – meaning that the big wigs at corporate headquarters and politicians made most of the decisions. He also argues that economic powerhouses like Europe, America, and Japan controlled the economic trends and capital and that technology is changing that.

To make a long story short, American investment and consumption of new technologies has helped make them very cheap. These new cheap prices make it possible for foreign companies and governments to “catch-up” with American technological superiority.

One example of this is the over investment in the telecommunications infrastructure during the dot-com bubble (yes the same dot-com bubble that made the American economy look great during the Clinton years). This over investment made the use of broadband internet relatively cheap for many foreign firms and helped promote the infamous practice of outsourcing. Friedman explains that one major example of outsourcing is through accounting firms in the US. It is a lot to explain, but to make a quick summary, US accounting firms send tax information to India and allow them to do the “grunt work” involved in filing taxes. This practice may cost some accountants their jobs, but it also helps create extra time for the remaining accountants to have more face to face communication with their customers and to help devise the best plan to avoid taxes. (Another testament that we should radically reform the tax code – there is an occupation whose main goal is to understand and avoid our way of taxing. It is incredibly inefficient and a letdown to the American people.)

In other words, our technology gives opportunity to other countries where none existed before. Without the telecommunications

Individuals are also benefiting from technology. Whereas it would be impossible for one person to have his own news program or newspaper 20 years ago, it is very possible today. Through digital cameras, audio recorders, computers, and the internet, one person can record an event or write about it, then post it online for millions to read with almost zero cost to himself and with little effort.

In this sense, the world is not a top to bottom one as it used to be – it is flat.

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In one section of the book, Friedman summarizes the future of the world with a nice quote:

"Girls, when I was growing up, my parents used to say to me, 'Tom, finish your dinner--people in China and India are starving.' My advice to you is: Girls, finish your homework--people in China and India are starving for your jobs."
In line with this quote, he also spoke of the education gap that is occurring between America and new emerging economies like India and China. The only thing I could think of is the fact that Americans can’t even choose where their children go to school.

This book laid down the facts. The future will be good for the world, but if America does not change its ways, it will fall behind India and China. At the very least, you will have many Americans benefit greatly from globalization, and many of the less fortunate (not those born poor, but those born in a bad school district) could possibly suffer.

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One last thing. For those of you who oppose free trade based on the fact that American firms exploit third world workers: you are retarded and lack a basic understanding of economics and free trade. If you find yourself in the moron category, please read this book or email me and I will send you the audio file.
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Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Obnoxious Atheist Declares Religion Intolerant
Richard Dawkins – one of those people who you can’t wait to see burn on the day of judgment – has a relatively new book out called The God Delusion. For more information on Dawkins, you can read his Wikipedia article. This is an excerpt from Amazon.com regarding his book:
The antireligion wars started by Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris will heat up even more with this salvo from celebrated Oxford biologist Dawkins. For a scientist who criticizes religion for its intolerance, Dawkins has written a surprisingly intolerant book, full of scorn for religion and those who believe. But Dawkins, who gave us the selfish gene, anticipates this criticism. He says it's the scientist and humanist in him that makes him hostile to religions—fundamentalist Christianity and Islam come in for the most opprobrium—that close people's minds to scientific truth, oppress women and abuse children psychologically with the notion of eternal damnation.
Dawkins is right when he says that religion is responsible for much of the persecution the world has seen. However, there are other culprits: greed, malice, and most every non-religious or religious ideology conceived by man.

Communism is the main example of a godless ideology gone wild. Communism, which professed to be godless, was the least tolerant form of government the world has ever seen. In fact, it is much easier to find a tolerant society that is run by religious people than to find a tolerant society run by atheists. Throughout the 20th century, the atheists proved themselves incapable of running government with any for of decency or competence.

The fact that some atheists can ignore their own record is confusing. They are willing to judge all religious people based on a few bad apples, but are unwilling to judge themselves in the same way. In this sense, these types of atheists appear to be nothing more than the average emotionally deranged, self-loathing, basket case.

They claim to hate religion (a system of beliefs with a stance on God), hypocrisy, self-righteousness, and undue judgement, but that describes people like Richard Dawkins more closely than anything else you could come up with.

It is also interesting that he claims science and religion can not coexist. This is the "you are with us or against us" argument that makes many liberals angry towards President Bush.

It seems like Mr. Dawkins didn't receive enough hugs as a child.
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Friday, December 22, 2006
Idiot Compares Enforcing Border Laws to Holocaust
From Yahoo! News:

U.S. Hispanic groups and activists on Thursday called for a moratorium on workplace raids to round up illegal immigrants, saying they were reminiscent of Nazi crackdowns on Jews in the 1930s.
They accused the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement of "racial profiling," or selective enforcement against Hispanics, for arresting 1,300 workers on immigration violations in December 12 raids at meatpacking plants in six states.
Articles like this make me want to curse. However, since this is the Conservative Bastion, I do my best to steer away from language that would alienate my readership. Lets take this one point at a time.

U.S. Hispanic groups and activists on Thursday called for a moratorium on workplace raids to round up illegal immigrants…
First of all, they are illegals, meaning they don’t belong here. This implies that if the government did anything but round them up, it would be neglecting its duty.

…saying they were reminiscent of Nazi crackdowns on Jews in the 1930s.
You are correct my historical ignoramus. It was just like the Nazi crackdowns of Jews…minus the part where they throw millions into concentration camps, steal their property and possessions, and then kill 6 million of them. Besides those minute details, it’s exactly the same.

They accused the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement of "racial profiling," or selective enforcement against Hispanics…
I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that 99% of illegals are Hispanic? For those of you who read my past blogs that argued against racial profiling for terrorism, I hope you are smart enough to discern the difference here. Terrorists are fighting a war against the US and will adapt to our profiling by recruiting new terrorists that don’t fit the stereotypical profile.

On the other hand, Hispanic illegals are here to make money. They have a much easier time getting here than people from other regions of the world because Mexico borders the US. Profiling illegals as Hispanic will not encourage anyone to recruit a different type of illegal. Either way, by the argument presented in this article, I wouldn’t be surprised that if every illegal were deported today, these people wouldn’t claim the same thing. These people don’t care about the fact that illegals are here, they want them to stay and will use any type of sick historical analogy to get their way…even comparing it to the Holocaust.

…for arresting 1,300 workers on immigration violations in December 12 raids at meatpacking plants in six states.
Yea big crackdown. Morons. There are 12 million illegals in this country…1,300 isn’t even a dent in that number.

I was pondering the whole Mexican/illegal immigrant question today, and something popped in my head. If Bill Clinton was the first black president, then George W. Bush is the first Hispanic president. No other president in US history has been so pro-Hispanic. What makes the whole thing even more absurd is that if you ask Hispanics if they thought Clinton or Bush was a better president, most of them would say Clinton. The fact is that anyone who supports tough border enforcement should despise President Bush’s policy on the border, and anyone who is pro-immigrant should love it.
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Friday, December 15, 2006
Vegetarians are Smarter
It isn't just an illusion, I am smarter than you...

A study of thousands of men and women revealed that those who stick to a vegetarian diet have IQs that are around five points higher than those who regularly eat meat.

Read 'em and weep.

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Sunday, December 10, 2006
Clinton Bugged Princess Diana

Clinton bugged a lot of women, but it’s not what you think. A new report regarding the death of Princess Diana reveals some interesting information.

The American secret service was bugging Princess Diana's telephone conversations without the approval of the British security services on the night she died, according to the most comprehensive report on her death, to be published this week.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the death of Princess Diana, let me shift your position on the Bell Curve to the right.

Princess Diana died in a car accident in 1997. The president of the US at the time was Clinton. Using the logic of many Bush Administration detractors, there can only be one possible conclusion from the leaking of this information. Remember, it is impossible for anything bad to happen in government without the president knowing about and most likely ordering it.

President Clinton obviously knew that this bugging took place. TRUST ME, HE KNEW. Apparently, he maliciously bugged leaders of other countries with a complete lack of regard for international harmony. He most likely did this without consulting the other braches of government, which makes him a dictator and a fascist. Unfortunately, we will never know how many leaders he bugged since he circumvented the law.

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Saturday, December 09, 2006
Foley Won't be Charged
I hate to say I told you so...
According to Justice Department officials, it is unlikely that the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington will press forward on a prosecution in the Foley case.

According to several sources, prosecutors have had difficulty establishing probable cause of a crime. The barrier in getting past the probable cause threshold was the statute on transmitting obscene materials to minors. Under federal law, the age of minors receiving obscene materials is 16.

Call it immoral...call it dumb...call it whatever you like, but it appears that Mark Foley will not be charged because he did not break the law (or at least the prosecution doesn't think they would be able to prove it). In other words, the attacks on Foley were politically motivated...what a surprise.
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Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Gore on Iraq: 'Worst Strategic Mistake' in US History

Al Gore just proved he is the dumbest man to win the popular vote in a presidential election in American history.

Calling the Iraq war "the worst strategic mistake in the entire history of the United States" and "worse than a civil war," former Vice President Gore urged President Bush to find a way to get U.S. troops out of Iraq "as quickly as possible without making the situation worse" while appearing this morning on NBC’s "Today."

Here is a list of decisions in American history that I believe are worse than the decision to invade Iraq:

1. Slavery

2. Japanese interment camps

3. The 16th amendment

4. The Vietnam War

5. The Waco Massacre

6. Seccession

7. The Trail of Tears

8. Dred Scott

9. Roe V. Wade

10. WNBA

These are just decisions that we can all agree on. There are dozens of other bad decisions that could be debated as to whether or not they were worse than the decision to invade Iraq.

I couldn’t possibly understand where Gore is coming from on this one.

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