The Other Half of History Daily Blog

Thoughts on modern politics from a historical perspective.

Obama Renounces his Principles

President Obama’s recent comments about the debate over his health care law were hypocritical to the point of being comical. “”I’m confident,” said the President on Monday, “that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” Obama said. 
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Corporate Philanthropy

Liberals in the news media and elsewhere frequently demand that big corporations donate money to charities they, the liberals, consider worthy. Here in Seattle the local newspaper has joined the SEIU and other leftist groups in criticizing for not donating corporate money to charity.

It’s interesting that liberals are always demanding that somebody spend somebody else’s money. They consider Government programs superior to private charities because the government takes taxes by force and spends it on things the taxpayers might not want to spend it on. And within the world of private charities, liberals think that big corporations, rather than individuals, should do the donating.

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Are Reds Really Green?

Yesterday I used the term “watermelon” to refer to left wingers who dress themselves up as environmentalists. I can’t take credit for the term; I heard it for the first time while listening to conservative talk radio years ago. It refers to a person who is “green” on the outside but red on the inside.

I was referring to the organizers of Earth Day, who chose Vladimir Lenin’s birthday for their “environmentalist” holiday, and chose Lenin’s hundredth birthday (April 22 of 1970) as the first Earth Day.
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Happy “Earth Hour”

This Saturday has been designated, by the crazy left wing “environmentalists” who determine such things, as the day for the first International Earth Hour.Concerned citizens of the Planet are supposed to get out of their cars, turn off their lights, and sit in the dark for an hour to show their unity with Nature.  The website designates 8:30 PM as the official start of Earth Hour, but does not specify whether that is 8:30 PM in one particular time zone, or 8:30 PM in each time zone on Earth. Perhaps there are 24 Earth Hours; it’s hard to say.

One thing is sure. Any and all Earth Hours will take place on March 31, the birthday of global warming Profit of Doom Al Gore.
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Friday Links and Notes March 30

Victory for Gun Rights:  The Second Amendment Foundation has won another court case. This time the unconstitutional law that had to be struck down was in North Carolina, where the state had made it illegal to carry guns during a “declared emergency.” The state government, in other words, had given itself the right to disarm all its law-abiding citizens by a simple declaration. 
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