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BLOCKBUSTER!

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/31/2008

Steve Sailer’s new book on Barack Obama — available free for dowload (pdf).

View it now here.  (pdf)

UPDATE:  Stanley Kurtz’s long article on the hard left organizations that gave Barack Obama his start in politics is now on line.  Quotable:

Although Gamaliel and ACORN have significantly different tactics and
styles, Swarts notes that their political goals and ideologies are
broadly similar. Both groups press the state for economic
redistribution. The tactics of Gamaliel and ACORN have been shaped in a
“post-Alinsky” era of welfare reform and conservative resurgence,
posing a severe challenge to those who wish to expand the welfare
state. The answer these activists have hit upon, says Swarts, is to
work incrementally in urban areas, while deliberately downplaying the
far-Left ideology that stands behind their carefully targeted
campaigns ..

Swarts supplies a chart listing “common working-class perceptions of
liberal social movements” on one side, while displaying on the other
side Gamaliel organizers’ tricky tactics for getting around them. To
avoid seeming like radicals or “hippies left over from the sixties,”
Gamaliel organizers are careful to wear conventional clothing and
conduct themselves with dignity, even formality. Since liberal social
movements tend to come off as naïve and idealistic, Gamaliel organizers
make a point of presenting their ideas as practical, pragmatic, and
down-to-earth. When no one else is listening, Gamaliel organizers may
rail at “racism,” “sexism,” and “oppressive corporate systems,” but
when speaking to their blue-collar followers, they describe their plans
as “common sense solutions for working families.” ..

Since community organizers often use confrontation, intimidation, and
“civil disobedience” in the service of their political goals, even
liberal foundations sometimes find it difficult to fund them without
risking public criticism. As the report puts it: “Some funders . . .
are averse to confrontational tactics, and are loathe [sic] to
support organizing for that reason. They essentially equate organizing
with the embarrassment of their business and government associates.”
The Woods Fund is both highly respected and one of the few foundations
to consistently support community organizing, so its money acts as a
kind of Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, providing political cover
for other foundations interested in funding the hard Left ..

MARK STEYN:

In his Wednesday-night infomercial, Obama declared that his
“fundamental belief” was that “I am my brother’s keeper.” Back in
Kenya, his brother lives in a shack on 12 bucks a year. If Barack is
his brother’s keeper, why couldn’t he send him a ten-dollar bill and
near double the guy’s income? The reality is that Barack Obama assumes
the government should be his brother’s keeper, and his aunt’s keeper.
Why be surprised by that? For 20 years in Illinois, Obama has marinated
in the swamps of the Chicago political machine and the campus
radicalism of William Ayers and Rashid Khalidi. In such a world, the
redistributive urge is more or less a minimum entry qualification.

The government as wealth-spreader-in-chief was not a slip of the tongue
but consistent with Obama’s life, friends and votes. The Obamacons —
that’s to say, conservatives hot for Barack- – justify their decision
to support a big-spending big-government Democrat with the most liberal
voting record in the Senate by “hoping” that he doesn’t mean it, by
“hoping” that he’ll “change” in office. “I sure hope Obama is more
open, centrist, sensible,” declared reformed conservative Ken Adelman,
“than his liberal record indicates.”

He’s “hoping” that Obama
will buck not just Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, and the rest of the gang
but also his voting record, his personal address book, and his entire
adult life. Good luck betting the future on that.

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IS HE A STONE COLD LIAR

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/31/2008

or is he just deeply ignorant, the willing victim of the brain dead cocoon of the leftist press and the leftist University community?  I’ve been saying for a long time now I think he’s both.  Here’s more evidence for stone cold liar.

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SPREADING THE WEALTH

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/30/2008

— just another dream from Obama’s father:

“What is more important is to find means by which we can
redistribute our economic
 gains to the benefit of all .. This is the government’s
obligation.” 

Barack Obama, Sr., 1965 in the East African Journal.

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HATS OFF TO

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/30/2008

STANLEY KURTZ.

I’d also like to salute Steve Sailer and some good reporters at the Chicago Tribune.

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IS OBAMA A SOCIALIST?

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/30/2008

Richard Ebeling and Donald Boudreaux weighs in.

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THE BETRAYAL OF THE PRO-WAR,

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/30/2008

second rate, second hand dealers in ideas.  The chicken hawk neo-cons backed what has become an unpopular war and now many of them want to whitewash their own personal history by attacking Bush, belittling McCain, and smearing Sarah Palin.  But history shows their own judgment proved no better than that of anyone else.

The thing that particularly grates is that these people count as “great intellects” only next to the members of the political class they obsess over.

UPDATE:  Heh.

UPDATE II:  Is George Will smarter than a 3rd grader?  It turns out, the answer is No.

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EVERYTHING YOU’VE “LEARNED”

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/30/2008

about the New Deal is a lie — Amity Shlaes continues to correct the record.

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ANYONE WHO’S STUDIED HISTORY

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/30/2008

knows that Obama has the central quality of every great demogogue:

On the face of it, there is nothing overwhelmingly stirring about Sen. Obama. There is a cerebral quality to him, and an air of detachment. He has eloquence, but within bounds. After nearly two years on the trail, the audience can pretty much anticipate and recite his lines. The political genius of the man is that he is a blank slate. The devotees can project onto him what they wish.

That .. and the fact that Obama is both coldly dishonest and coldly puts aside morality and the law in the interests of his personal power.

The left has really given us a winner this time.

Hayek has a chapter of a book titled “Why The Worst Get On Top”.  It’s part of his famous book The Road to Serfdom.  It might be a useful time to re-read that essay.

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THOMAS SOWELL WARNS

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/30/2008

of a catastrophe for America if Barack Obama is elected President.  Worth thinking about:

Policies that he proposes under the banner of “change” are almost all policies that have been tried repeatedly in other countries — and failed repeatedly in other countries.

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STEVE SAILER DISCOVERS

Posted by PrestoPundit on 10/29/2008

just how stupid Paul Krugman really is.

BONUS:  The bust phase of the Hayekian business cycle in one picture:

One of the valley’s biggest casino companies, Boyd Gaming, saw a huge
drop in profits, down 73-percent in the third quarter.  The
company has also
announced the delay of its signature resort, Echelon,
will be much longer
than anyone expected. The construction site will
sit quiet until at least January
of 2010.  Echelon will remain a shell of steel through 2009. Construction will
be
halted while executives consider a list of options.

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