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Three guesses what RedState.com is rhaphsodizing about in this ellipses-happy item:

Tonight a light went out… a dream died… it died from political correctness

Tonight we are under withering fire, we on the right those in the middle,

Tonight our values are under withering fire, those thoughts ideas and dreams that made this great nation are under withering fire

Will your light of your dreams be next?

Will my dreams be next?

But wait! There’s more!

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Calm down, there

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More here.

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via facebook, this item caught my eye just now:

Benito Mussolini was paid £100 a week by MI5 to keep Italy in the first world war. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

Benito Mussolini was paid £100 a week by MI5 to keep Italy in the first world war. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

History remembers Benito Mussolini as a founder member of the original Axis of Evil, the Italian dictator who ruled his country with fear and forged a disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany. But a previously unknown area of Il Duce’s CV has come to light: his brief career as a British agent.

Archived documents have revealed that Mussolini got his start in politics in 1917 with the help of a £100 weekly wage from MI5.

For the British intelligence agency, it must have seemed like a good investment. Mussolini, then a 34-year-old journalist, was not just willing to ensure Italy continued to fight alongside the allies in the first world war by publishing propaganda in his paper. He was also willing to send in the boys to “persuade” peace protesters to stay at home.

Mussolini’s payments were authorised by Sir Samuel Hoare, an MP and MI5’s man in Rome, who ran a staff of 100 British intelligence officers in Italy at the time.

Rest of the story is here.

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Liberty Council, a right-wing Christian advocacy group affiliated with Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, has kicked off an exciting new project:

Since the landmark 2008 general election, there can be no doubt that a very large percentage of our Nation’s leaders have a liberal mindset. The undeniable fact is that the 111th Pelosi-Reid Congress and the Obama Administration demonstrate a far left political philosophy. And since the President nominates federal judges and Justices of the United States Supreme Court, the judicial branch of government could take on a decidedly more liberal bent as the Obama Administration wears on.

Liberty Counsel has therefore named this special new prayer-in-action program Adopt a Liberal. And that’s exactly what we invite you to do — adopt a liberal who is in authority for regular, intense prayer in accord with St. Paul’s admonition to his disciple, Timothy. In fact, we expect that many of our friends and supporters will choose to adopt many liberals as subjects of regular prayer!

The “Unknown Liberal”

There will likely be additional liberals the Lord may bring to mind who desperately need your prayers. Feel free to select your own unique liberal and adopt them for prayer, perhaps even nominating one or more liberals for listing on our website by emailing us….

To submit my name, send an e-mail to liberty@LC.org!

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keller533How’s this for irony: one of the most conservative states in the nation submits a statue of an vocal and avowed socialist to represent it in the U.S. Capitol’s statuary hall. As James Loewen has pointed out, this is the sort of thing that happens when we try to sanitize hisory.

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My weekend.

I spent the past weekend at Turner Falls Park in Davis, Oklahoma, relaxing with family who I haven’t seen in far too long. It was a great time: My girlfriend Paula even made the trip, and got to meet the few members of the family who don’t already know her. In short, it was a weekend of swimming, hiking, marshmallow-toasting and catching up with family over good food.

I did, however, miss Austin City Limits, which is a non-issue because I’ve never gone before and wouldn’t have gone this year, anyway. The tickets are a little out of my price range, I haven’t heard of most of the bands that are playing and for the past few years, each reincarnation of the festival is plagued by something that makes the whole affair sound more unpleasant and stressful than anything, be it logistical nightmares, heat, dust or, this year, rain.

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Poop.

In an attempt to forestall last year’s crowd-choking dust storms, festival organizers C3 shipped in $2.5 million worth of sod and “dillo dirt” to create a bed over the festival grounds. Dillo dirt, according to the city of Austin Web site,  is “a compost made by the city of Austin since 1989.” It is made of “all yard trimmings collected curbside across the City as well as some of our treated sewage sludge.” The sludge is then heated to kill pathogens and dried.

So the folks who attended ACL this weekend paid hundreds of dollars for the chance to smear each other with reconstituted human feces. At the most, I was ankle-deep in fish poop at the bottom of the river.

Turner Falls family reunion for the win!

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The warden told Willingham that it was time. Willingham, refusing to assist the process, lay down; he was carried into a chamber eight feet wide and ten feet long. The walls were painted green, and in the center of the room, where an electric chair used to be, was a sheeted gurney. Several guards strapped Willingham down with leather belts, snapping buckles across his arms and legs and chest. A medical team then inserted intravenous tubes into his arms. Each official had a separate role in the process, so that no one person felt responsible for taking a life.

This case is just wrong piled on top of wrong. It’s one thing to make a mistake, but something else to refuse to deal with it.

The Texas Observer reported on a similar case this past April.

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