Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 12, 2014
Winston Churchill once famously said: “If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.” It is not surprising that with age comes experience and with experience comes reality.
But age is not the only force at work in the morphing liberals into conservatives. At times the real world offers horrific human experiences that force the change irrespective of age. Such was 9/11, we attacks that left over 3,000 innocent Americans dead at the hands of Islamic militants. Since then the tide of radical Islam has spread throughout the Middle East, North Africa and even parts of Asia.
Comedian and author, Evan Savet, was one liberal whose conversion to conservatism was a direct result of the 9/11 attacks. His brief story included in the video below is compelling.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 7, 2014
Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz is an un-avowed liberal. However, unlike many liberal professors today, Dershowitz is true to his ACLU type beliefs even if they encroach on Leftist dogma.
Now, after 50 years of employment at Harvard University, Dershowitz is hanging up his spurs and retiring. The good professor was recently interviewed by Madeleine Morgenstern of the Philadelphia Inquirer who questioned Dershowitz about some of his former students who went on to become famous. His comments include:
Former presidential adviser David Gergen– “Very quiet, very quiet. Not memorable in the classroom, but outside the classroom, when we would talk, he clearly was a leader. You could see that.”
Former United States Sen. Elizabeth Dole– “She was very talkative, and she was in a class of practically all women because in those days family law was called women’s law because women were thought to be only suited for the soft stuff. She was not soft at all. She was brilliant.”
CNBC’s Jim Cramer of Mad Money – “Jim didn’t come to class all that often. He was buying and selling stocks. You know, his answering machine when he was my research assistant had stock tips.”
Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer– “So terrific a research assistant! Maybe everything that happened to him since was my fault because one day I said to him, ‘Eliot, you’re working too hard. Go out and have some fun.'”
Perhaps Dershowitz’s most telling remarks came when he discussed United States Sen. Ted Cruz of whom he said: “Off-the-charts brilliant. And you know, liberals make the terrible mistake, including some of my friends and colleagues, of thinking that all conservatives are dumb. And I think one of the reasons that conservatives have been beating liberals in the courts and in public debates is because we underestimate them. Never underestimate Ted Cruz. He is off-the-chart brilliant. I don’t agree with his politics.”
This high praise for Cruz must be causing heartburn within much of the Progressive Left and its pals in the mainstream media. The false narrative created for most politicians who dare to disagree with Leftist dogma is that their opponents are somehow ignorant, approaching subhuman standing. This fascist approach to politics is meant to discourage reasonable debate and political discourse. It is likely that Dershowitz’s very public and positive comments concerning Ted Cruz relates to the professor’s concern for the fascist approach embraced by many of his Leftist cohorts.
Posted in Liberals, Politics | Tagged: brilliant, Cramer, Cruz, Dershowitz, dole, Fascism, Gergen, Harvard, left, Liberal, Retire, Spitzer | 3 Comments »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 12, 2013
The example below of Leftist hypocrisy was posted in the Conservative Intelligence Briefing. While the leftist magazine, The Nation, attacks Walmart for paying minimum wage in, it turns out their concern for workers’ wages only relates to those that do not work for their own magazine. It was reported that The Nation has paid its interns less than minimum wage and is now just catching up to that wage rate. However, they have the unmitigated gall to attack Walmart on its superior wage policies.
Once again the Left’s moral outrage is shown to be fraudulent. But once again you got to give it to the Left. Their ability to create a false narrative is a marvelous thing.
This story in the Daily Beast, about a tiff between Walmart and the left-wing magazine The Nation, is awesome:
The Nation recently posted an open letter to company CEO Mike Duke and the Walmart board of directors demanding that Walmart start paying its workers a minimum wage $12 an hour. The letter also includes an online petition that readers can sign.
Walmart is clearly growing tired of being a punching bag and poster child for low wages. So on Wednesday morning, Steven Restivo, a senior director of communications at Walmart, sent out a snarky email directed at The Nation under the subject line: “people who live in glass houses…”
The Nation—“America’s leading progressive print and online magazine”—recently encouraged its readers to sign an open letter demanding that Walmart increase wages to $12/hour and this article called our company one of the “biggest abusers of low-wage labor.”
In an ironic twist, ProPublica recently reported that starting this fall, “interns at the Nation Institute will be paid minimum wage for the first time in the history of the 30-year-old program.” As ProPublica noted, The Nation has been paying its full-time interns a weekly stipend of $150 per week – less than the current federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour.
The piece (which you should read in its entirety) notes that The Nation, which is based in New York City, recently agreed to pay all of its interns minimum wage – which is still $7.25 per hour in New York State until it rises to $8 at the end of this year (and eventually to $9). They had been receiving a stipend of just $150 a week.
The kicker, however, which the piece does not note, is that the average Walmart associate in New York State makes $13.03 per hour, which is 80 percent more than The Nation will be paying its interns even now. Consider It an economics lesson for the ideologues – some workers are more highly valued by their employers than others.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 11, 2012
Some Libertarians have difficulty understanding why the government should pay for personal conveniences of some, such as birth control. The video below “helps” those of us that don’t get it not to get it.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 9, 2012
This past weekend, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congresswoman from Florida and Chairperson for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) got spanked during an interview with Fox New’s Chris Wallace.
During the interview Ms. Schultz started attacking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for layoffs that occurred at companies owned by Bain Capital while Romney was its chief executive. Since such layoffs did occur, the attack was nothing unusual and fair game within Washington politics. However, it was how Ms. Schultz responded to Wallace’s follow-on question that was more telling.
Wallace suggested that if it was reasonable to hold Romney responsible for layoffs in companies that Bain Capital invested in, shouldn’t President Obama take some responsibility for layoffs that occurred at Solyndra after the government invested in this green energy company. In response, Schultz stuttered and stammered indicating ill preparation for counterattacks that she should’ve expected from a tough reporter.
When Sarah Palin and other conservative women are pressed with tough questions from the media and their response is less than stellar, they are immediately accused of questionable intelligence. Not to fear for Ms. Schultz for she is a liberal and will be coddled with the claim that she was treated inappropriately by Wallace. While the mainstream media will give this Progressive another pass, the videos below become part of the permanent record and tell another tale.
Posted in Liberals, Mainstream Media | Tagged: Bain Capital, Chris Wallace, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Mitt Romney, Obama, Solyndra | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 13, 2011
The New York Post yesterday published a story (Blow Against O in Wiener Race) with implications for the Democrat Party and President. Koch is actually urging voters in the heavily Democrat district of former congressman Anthony Weiner to “make history” and vote Republican.
The Post reports that Koch is furious with President Obama’s stance on Israel, asking it to return to the 1967 borders, as well as the President’s consideration of cutting entitlements. Both issues are perilous for the grand coalition that is the Democrat Party.
Jewish voters have long been a strong underpinning of the Democrat coalition. So have those receiving or making a living off of America’s entitlement industry. Should either or both of these constituencies give even a large minority of votes to Republicans, Obama’s reelection chances drop from unlikely to very unlikely.
The coalition that is the Democrat Party is held together by a loose set of diverging policies that often conflict. Just as important, it is held together by government programs; i.e. handouts that the Country can no longer afford. Cut back on the handouts and come up with clear positions that offend some in the coalition and the Party will fracture. That dynamic is starting to occur.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 7, 2011
Chris Matthews of MSNBC is at it again. Yesterday, while discussing the Anthony “Oscar Meyer” Weiner affair, he incredibly stated that Weiner’s wife may be “partly responsible” for his sexual misconduct, as per the transcript below (video also below):
MATTHEWS: “Yeah, but he says his wife knew. He laid it out on her.”
JOHN FEEHERY: Republican strategist: “Which is a terrible, terrible mistake.”
MATTHEWS: “Well, maybe she’s partly responsible if she knew about it?”
Matthews, like so many Progressives, often bare their soles when a fellow leftist is under attack. This includes showing a dark side that includes inherent racist and sexist beliefs. But Leftist are rarely taken to task for it is their fellow Progressives who judge what is and what is not inappropriate thought. How convenient. How fascist.
The Weiner matter proved many points including Weiner is a liar and Matthews is a sexist.
Posted in Liberals, Misogyny, Progressives | Tagged: Anthony Weiner, Chris Matthews, Leftists, Misogynist, MSNBC, Progressives, Wife | 4 Comments »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 13, 2011
Marist College released a poll that indicates 36% of those under the age of 30 plan to leave New York within the next five years. This equals 25% of the State’s adults. Staggering!
Many that indicate that will leave the State are from the New York City area where the property taxes are so high. According to the poll’s director, Lee Miringhoff, “A lot of people are questioning the affordability of the state.”
This goes to show that while Northeast liberals are willing to vote to raise taxes, they aren’t willing to pay them. Hypocrisy? …. No, just self-preservation.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 31, 2011
The amazing video clip below was sent in by reader Jim Mahoney. Chuck Schumer, Democrat Senator from New York was being interviewed by on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday and pontificated as to how America’s three branches of government are the House, Senate, and president. Simply remarkable.
The next time a Leftist moonbat goes after Palin’s or Bachmann’s I.Q. for making a gaff, they should be asked how it stacks up to this one by Schumer. If they make excuses for Schumer it could only because they have an anti-feminist bias (grin).
CANDY CROWLEY, HOST: Let me turn you to domestic policy because it is budget season. It is time to raise the debt ceiling. Otherwise the U.S. is going to lose its ability to pay its debts. Where do you see this fight going now? Because, basically, we have a very determined bunch of Republicans right now, particularly on the House side, saying, no way we’re going to raise this debt ceiling until we start doing some cutting.
CHUCK SCHUMER: Well, there’s even a problem before the debt ceiling. On March 4th, the government funding resolution expires. And it seems that a lot of Republicans in the House want to risk a shutdown of the government if they don’t absolutely get their way.
That was a mistake when Newt Gingrich tried it in 1995. It will be a bigger mistake now. It’s really playing with fire because, if they were to shut down the government, not only would horrible things happen like an inability of people to get Social Security checks, you can’t fund the military, but ultimately, it risks the credit markets.
They are getting wary because of the large debt we have, which we have to get down, but if they feel that people are willing to shut down the government, you could risk the credit markets really losing some confidence in the United States Treasury, and that could create a deeper recession than we had over the last several years – God forbid, even a depression.
So I would urge my Republican colleagues, no matter how strongly they feel – you know, we have three branches of government. We have a House. We have a Senate. We have a president. And all three of us are going to have to come together and give some, but it is playing with fire to risk the shutting down of the government, just as it is playing with fire to risk not paying the debt ceiling.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 10, 2010
It is remarkable what emanates from the elitists in Hollywood give Tinseltown’s motivation: greed. While they sometimes (rarely) create art, more often they produce salacious material based on sex and gratuitous violence. This reality creates dissonance within Hollywood. There inner yearning is to be considered artists, but they make their living on a lower tier. The guilt pushes many Hollywood elitists towards radical Leftist causes.
Yesterday, columnist Judith Miller once again exposed Hollywood’s Leftist agenda in her op-ed The Plame Affair, Hollywood Style. Ms. Miller destroys the “facts” included in the film “Fair Game” starring Naomi Watts. Fair Game is about ex CIA agent Valerie Plame who was outed in a column written by Richard Novak during the Bush presidency. The Left’s version of this outing as depicted in the movie was that it related to Plame’s husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who took a position opposing Bush’s intervention into Iraq. Ms. Miller shows that premise to be false.
Judith Miller is more than merely a columnist when it comes to the Valerie Plame affair. She was a part of the story. In mid 2005 Miller was sent to jail for refusing to disclose her confidential source used for a Plame story. That is one of many facts conveniently not mentioned in “Fair Game.” Miller points to other distortions in the film, including:
- Contrary to the film’s portrayal, the revelation of Ms. Plame’s identity did not cause the CIA to abandon contacts among Iraqi scientists.
- As the film would have it, the CIA’s leadership resisted the notion that Saddam Hussein had WMD and challenged the intelligence being provided to the White House. …. In fact, the agency led the effort to draft the National Intelligence Estimate in 2002 that concluded with “high confidence” on behalf of more than a dozen intelligence agencies that Iraq had chemical and biological weapons and an active nuclear program.
- If there was a grand plot to punish Mr. Wilson for his candor by outing his wife, as the film suggests, no one was ever indicted for it. Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor who would have indicted the proverbial ham sandwich, never indicted anyone for having outed Ms. Plame.
- The person who first leaked the fact that Mr. Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA to conservative columnist Robert Novak – who published that information, and her name, despite his opposition to the Iraq war – was not a White House official. He was State Department official Richard Armitage. Like his boss, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Mr. Armitage was critical of the push to war. Yet Mr. Armitage has no on-screen role in the film. He is mentioned only in the film’s text epilogue.
- “Fair Game” suggests that Ms. Plame’s outing inflicted severe damage on the CIA’s sources. But this, too, may be untrue. In a letter to the Washington Post on Nov. 12, R.E. Pound, a retired CIA agent who helped assess the damage allegedly caused by the leak at one location, concluded: “There was none.” He also challenged as “ludicrous” Ms. Plame’s claim, echoed in the film, that her outing forced her resignation.
Fair Game is based on books written by the couple, Wilson and Plame. Wilson called the movie “fair and accurate“. Ms. Miller makes the compelling case that it is neither. Let’s see: Miller’s livelihood does not depend on which account is accurate; Wilson and Plame have already profited handsomely from the story, living in an expensive home in Sante Fe and make a living giving speeches about WMD and the Bush administration. You make the call on who is being truthful.
Ms. Miller’s opening comment in her op-ed shows the movie to be pure fiction, if not part propaganda: “An antiwar State Department official leaked the spy’s name. You won’t find that in the plot of Fair Game.”
The media and Left in general treat the truth differently based in political motivations. When President Bush told the American people that there were WMD’s in Iraq and that was proved wrong, he lied. Conversely, when President Obama promised that with the passage of his Stimulus Package the unemployment rate would not exceed 8% and it subsequently went to 10%, he merely made an error. The truth is that both were but bad judgment.
Posted in Hollywood, Liberals | Tagged: Bush, CIA, Colin Powell, Fair Game, Hollywood, Iraq, Joseph C. Wilson IV, Judith Miller, Leftists, Naomi Watts, Patrick Fitzgerald, Richard Armitage, Robert Novak, Stimulus Package, Tinseltown, Valerie Plame, WMD | Leave a Comment »