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This is the personal weblog of Aakash Raut, established Sept. 2002. It will cover current affairs, worldwide & national topics, local & university events, and provide insight and commentary on contemporary issues and the news from his perspective. Enjoy!

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    Thursday, February 23, 2006

    This Post Can't Wait for Tomorrow

    In my last entry here, I implied that my next one would be on the myth of paleoconservative & traditionalist "racism," and how those types of policies would actually benefit ethnic minorities. I still need to do that post, but it's 3:22 3:23 AM right now, and I have an essay quiz that's due for tomorrow (I mean today's class) - I was planning on posting that new blog entry afterwards, but I just realized that there was another item that was [more-recently] placed on my ever-growing list of 'blog entries to do'... but this one can't be put off till tomorrow - it must be done on February 23rd. (And since it's still early today, I hope I'll be the first one in the Blogosphere to post on this...)

    Happy Birthday!

    I mentioned below that my recent trip to CPAC was the first time that I've ever seen a print copy of an issue of Human Events. The same is also true for the Sobran's newsletter. I first noticed it on the table for an immigration reform group, in the Expo Center at CPAC, and mentioned to the person there that that's the first time I'd seen a hard copy of Sobran's. He told me that they were at the table for 'Conservatives for Peace' [which is apparently now the name for the website I had known as "Americans Against World Empire"... or or]. I went over and found that table; I had a good conversation with Mario, but I apparently just missed Jon Basil Utley, and [quite regretably] never got a chance to see or talk to him. (And I never asked whether he was in fact related to the distinguied anti-communist Freda Utley... I suspect that he is.)

    It was good to see the latest print editions of both Human Events and Sobran's, two excellent conservative publications that I had previously been reading only through their websites. Unlike the edition of HE that was being distributed there, I haven't yet looked through the issue of Sobran's that I picked up. [Nor have looked through, or possibly even opened, the copy of Their Lives which I got for signing up at the table, on the last day of CPAC (even though I've blogged about it before), and I've hardly looked at the intriguing book that YAF kindly provided us all a copy of, at their YAF Alumni event featuring the author, Peter Schweizer... I have however, read through portions of the latest "PIG" book [free excerpt - review article - Buy it now!], and I had a great conversation with the author Tom Bethell, after he signed a copy for me.]

    Anyway, I had noticed, some weeks ago, from the Sobran's website [], that Joe's birthday celebration was coming up. I regret that I'm unable to attend today.

    Happy Birthday, Joe Sobran!

    I remember seeing, a few years ago, that Mr. Joseph Sobran was born in 1947. I was surprised by how young he was; I think that may have had to do with seeing an item by Christopher Manion at, about an event held in Mr. Sobran's honor. I realized that Joseph Sobran must be an extremely-respected thinker and writer, and a movement figure.

    A National Treasure

    Back when used to publish his columns, the description bio at the bottom of his older ones used to note that Joe Sobran was referred to by Pat Buchanan as "perhaps the finest columnist of our generation" and by Lew Rockwell as "a national treasure." It is incredible that someone so esteemed (and this was like five years ago or more) was born only in 1947. When I saw that birthday notice [about Mr. Sobran turning the big 6-0], I remembered that someone who's very near and dear to me was also born in '47, and so I guess he would also be turning 60 (it was scary enough when I realized, eight days ago, that my younger brother was already 22!!)...

    I just realized before starting this entry however, that someone born in 1947 wouldn't be turning 60 this year... Duh!! So I guess that Mr. Sobran must actually have been born on February 23, 1946... and it turns out that he was. [At least that's somewhat of a relief for me...]

    Sixty is actually younger than many other established columnists and political commentators... Especially those of the traditionalist Right. I lamented last semester, when Jude Wanniski passed away - he was the third of my favorite conservative columnists to perish that year. (The others were Dr. Francis and Col. Hackworth.)

    Now, Messrs. Buchanan, Novak, Reese, de Borchgrave, Phillips, Phillips, Viguerie, Bork, Eagleburger, Hyde, Paul, Helms , and Sobran need to take good care of themselves [same with Mrs. Schlafly... though from what we've personally seen of her lately, she looks like she's set for many years to come!] - Some of us are trying, but it's a challenge [as we've discussed before] to maintain the "true-blue" form of conservatism within the people of our generation. (I was discussing this, once again, with Craig Burgers [and Marcus Epstein!] and others at CPAC. I was happy with some of the progress I saw... [For instance, there was a major pro-Tancredo contingent there, some of whom had come from Michigan...] But a lot of work still needs to be done.) Therefore, those stalwarts of the movement - one that has taken a lot of blows in recent years... but may be on the verge of a comeback (?!) - need to keep up their work for as long as possible. The future of our nation - and our citizenry as a whole - need no less.

    Joseph Sobran

    Dear Mr. Sobran:

    Though I'm not able to be there for your party today, I want to wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Though I don't always agree with your viewpoints, your fresh and insightful perspectives provide a valuable service to not only the conservative movement and commentary arena, but to the forums of public discourse and thought of the nation - and the world - as a whole. Your work on non-political topics (such as literature, Shakespeare, and others) are also quite impressive; it is inspirational to see other Americans who are able to maintain a diverse array of expertise and a continuous stream of polemical output, and who have already gained so much recognition at a relatively-early point in their lives and careers. Please keep up the excellent work that you have been doing, and I hope to be in personal contact with you soon (as I was with a number of other renowned conservative commentators & leaders at CPAC and previous events). I hope that your celebration today goes well, and here's to many more great birthdays to come!!

    Aakash Raut
    Chairman, College Republicans
    University of IL at Springfield

    Monday, February 20, 2006

    The Middle Seat

    I had wanted, last night, to use this entry to share a poignant passage that I came across this past summer, while traveling to and from California. It was from a page in the back portion (I think) of Spirit Magazine. I had made a note to publish that short story in a blog entry, but in light of recent events, I think that it would be especially pertinent.

    Southwest Airlines Unfortunately, I don't know right now where that magazine is (I took it with my from the Southwest flight [this was in June], but it could be anywhere now). I will try to find that, and post that piece here.

    The other entry (which had been on my backlog) that I thought would be especially pertinent, in light of recent events, is my post on why, contrary to common misconceptions, traditionalist conservatism and paleoism promote policies that will actually help minorities - rather than the other way around. I had been wanting to do an article on this topic for awhile (I think the Domenech-Auster feud may have prompted that), but due especially to Joe's recent situation (which he's guest blogged about here), I thought I should get that published soon. I'll hopefully have it up before the end of the week.

    Friday, February 17, 2006

    Taken for Granted

    I can barely even type at the moment. There has been so much that has transpired within the past week or so, and even after CPAC, emotions and tensions are running high. Though things have pretty much subsided among others, in my mind, there is still so much that is unresolved, and points that I wish I could get across.

    My professor was kind enought to allow me to take my exam (this is a Political Studies graduate course, but it is mainly statistics and "econometrics") that was scheduled for Wednesday on Friday (I guess that would be today) instead. Nonetheless, I am not yet prepared... Things keep coming up, conflicts keep arising, and my mind is wrapped up in so much, that even when free time is available, it seems impossible to focus and concentrate. I am going right now to Denny's (I haven't eaten either), and hopefully, I can get some midnight cramming done [I don't mean with food - though some of that would be nice too].

    I am so pissed off right now...

    Update (2/18/06):

    Links for the Week

    Ken: | 1 | 2 |

    Dan: | 1 | 2 |

    Kafka: | 1 | 2 |

    Tuesday, February 14, 2006

    The media is really loving this Cheeney shooting accident. Like it matters. They are acting like they are the 4th branch of government. The press loves to hate the Vice President. They think he is a mean, evil, calculating, wizard of Oz pupet- master of Bush one day and the next day, they blame Bush for everything. This is not a national story, this is wrong. They just want a chance to embaress the greatest vice-President since Harry Truman.

    - Guest entry by Joe Grigoletti

    Saturday, February 11, 2006

    Note: This is a CPAC guest-blog entry by Joe Grigoletti, cross-posted at his own weblog. Joe has posted one other guest entry here [two down from this one], and the one below this post is a live-post by the main blogger (Aakash), also from CPAC.

    Michelle Malkin and Joe Grigoletti!!

    Today as expected did not went as planned. We woke up later than planned. Then, by God's grace we got to CPAC, I met Fred Barnes and got his autograph for his new book and he was very nice and personal. I then met Pator John Hagee, got a picture with him and got a autograph for his new book. I then bought the book "Porn Generation" and got it autographed by the author Ben Shapiro, who incidently is only 3 years older than me and already a talk show host, author, and syndicated collumnist! Then I talked with the Draft Condi Campaign and I am looking to getting involved with that, even though she clearly has neo-con leanings. I volluntered for the "Winning the Future Campaign" and handed out a bunch of stuff for them and can get a meeting with Newt Gingrich. Out of boredom I went to a Leadership Institute training seminar. It ended up that I didn't get into the YAF Club 100 lunchin with Ann Coulter, however I met this hot girl and we hooked up. I then got all 3 of Michelle Malkin's books signed, including her latest one! We ran to go to see Ann Coulter. Her speech was offensive and rude to Muslims, which I couldn't care less about. The more I live and experience life, the more I become Islamaphobic. I'm scared of crazy muslim killers and I'm not ashammed to admit it. The only thing that is less safe than being with a muslim is driving with Ted Kenney. I then got my Ann Coulter book signed and took pictures of her signing my book. Then I hung out and waited because I got a discount on the Reagan Dinner in which I saw a bunch of people including: Tom Delay, Sam Donaldson, Jean Kirk Fitzpatrick, and the main speaker UN Ambassador John Bolton. The guest of honor was my hero Robert Novak. The dinner was very good and I enjoyed my company. And I met a nice guy who works for the Canadian Parliment and I think I would love a Internship in Canada.

    This trip has been hell. I am quiting the Soceity of Conservative Students. Every leader has *&%^$$up so bad, and I have clearly been cursed by God. I hope this huge blizzard doesn't %^*& us over so bad. I wish I could drink. I think even the religious right people in my group would get blasted after this situation. And Thank you for those who are at Georgetown University! God Bless.

    *** CPAC 2006 ***

    | Human Events Online |

    | Save the GOP | Scott Olin Schmidt | David Holman |

    American Conservative Union

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    Moving on up!!

    I was too busy, and too tired, last night to do a CPAC entry, about what transpired. I was thinking about just posting something with bullet points, like:

    - Michelle Malkin (again!)

    - Ann Coulter (!!)

    - Floyd Brown, Don Feder, Craig Burgers, etc...

    - Dr. Ergun Caner

    - From yesterday (Bob Barr, Gary Aldrich, Peter Schweizer, La Shawn Barber, Ken Yarmosh, Dan Flynn, Mark Harris, etc...)

    But I didn't have enough energy or time to mention the people who I got to personally meet and speak to.

    There is so much to share, about the past couple of days events... There is so much happening so fast - and the majority of the Conference is already over!! :-(

    I wanted to post something here right now, to note that... I was just able to:

    join the Bloggers Row!!!

    [The main person, who is in charge of allocating space - which I think was done beforehand - wasn't here, so the woman at the booth across from us just told me that since there was open space now, I could hook up!

    [Before I get kicked off], I need a photo of this moment. A Japanese television station is here right now actually, and is taping us as I type this.
    [Update (2/23/06): A photo of the Japanese tv crew, with pertinent info from a weblog I just found, which is apparently dedicated to CPAC 2006 only... And pictures [courtesy of our old friend Sean Hackbarth] of myself and others at Bloggers Row (or "Bloggers Corner"?), from that afternoon. And here is a neat (and humorous!) entry from another weblog I just found, that is from the previous day.

    I came over here, following the "Impact of Blogs" session with U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), along with Robert Bluey (he looks like someone my age, surprisingly!), who some of my readers may recognize from Human Events. I had told a Human Events intern, at the 2004 YAF 'National Conservative Student Conference', that I couldn't afford their subscription rates, as much as I love the publication. (It was neat yesterday to see, for the first time ever, an actual hard copy of Human Events.) When I mentioned that I would subscribe, but for the student expense issue, Mr. Bluey Rob (just told me I could call him that) made me aware that they now have a special student rate!!

    [We checked at the Eagle Publishing booth, as to the specifics of this, and it turns out that the rate is $25.00 for a full year [which consists of 48 issues]. I will be signing up today.

    - - - - - - - - - - The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science

    Nate Humphreys just came by, and is next to me now. I have been wondering when...

    This shows how fast things have been moving... I was just going to say how I didn't know when the meetup was going to be... And I was perhaps going to say something about how, while I did see Mark Harris (for the second time) in person [at the CLP Reception the first evening], and while I just met Nathan Humphreys - who is set up next to me, I was still waiting to meet Alex Brunk in person. Then, Alex came by (as I was hoping), and I got to meet him in person for the first time. In fact, he's been by again, before I could finish writing this. And at the same time, I am missing our very own John Cox (for whose campaign for U.S. Senate I volunteered in 2002 & 2003... He dropped out unexpectedly) speaking in front of the main CPAC audience. (He opposes the death penalty.) Fortunately, they have a television set up right in front of me, with a live feed of what's going on. [Unfortunately, the volume is too low, especially with all that's going on around here, for me to hear much... which I can't seem to be able to do anyway, due to...]

    I wish I could get a cup of whatever these people are on.

    Though for not having had my daily dose for the day morning...

    Thursday, February 09, 2006

    Hello, my name is Joseph. I am Aakash's friend and guest blogger. This is my first blog on his site. I also just started blogging at my blog and I hope you check it out.
    This blog entry is a conserversation between me and a old friend. I classify this at hatemail. Enjoy!

    hey joe we can not be friends, you know why because i believe that you are propagandist for the extreme right in this country, and plus you like buchanan which i hate with a passion and you are for oberweis another fear monger. So please dont contact me again and i was glad that i got to know you.


    "extreme right" . Wow I didn't know believing that a woman's right to choose, and supporting gay rights, and membership to the ACLU were posistions of the "extreme right". TTYL or not. Joe

    I dont believe that you are a member of The ACLU, because you disagree with them on a lot of issues, you might have some liberal views but you have more conservative extreme views like isolatism and you dont give a #$%& about international laws, see it on your blog about the geneva convention. Oh yeah and you said that hispanics are threat to the usa and use the word wetback, so that is why i am not talking to you. And why did I u contact me on last year?

    You totally took when i used the word "wet back" out of context. I used it in the text of "opperation Wetback" which was a order given by Pres. Eisenhower to send allillgal mexicangs back to mexico. That is where the term comes from FYI. And I am a member, and i'll be more than happy to how you my card. And I dont' think hispanics are a threat. I think open-boders are a threat to national security and non-asimilated hispanics are a threat to western culture. I never said hispanics in general. ANY IMMIGRANT THAT COMES HERE MUST BE WILLING TO REJECT THEIR LOYALTY TO THEIR FORMER COUNTRY AND BE LOYAL TO THE US ONLY! and that is the difference between european immigrants and hispanics who in my general experience feel they can be loyal to more than one countries.

    God Bless

    sorry your pissed, but you clearly have alot of problems if you get that upset. You really are a liberal for getting angry at an intellecutal debate and won't listen to facts. I now beleive in intelligent design because if it was false there would be evidence of a vertebrae.

    Joseph Paul Grigoletti II

    Dude Whatever, GEt a life and stop being an outcast like you were in high school, try to meet new people who dont think like you that way you learned more about the world which you need to learn. AND YOU GOT YOUR INFORMATION WRONG, I AM NOT A LIBERAL I AM LIBERTARIAN WITH NO PARTY AFFILLIATION BUT IF I WAS A LIBERAL I WOULD BE PROUD TO BE ONE.

    No libertarian would support Toppinkavich. I have a life with a nice group of friends. I am quite happy being a outcast, given outcasts are the ones who get further along in life. Topinka wants to RAISE TAXES, she SUPPORTS universal health care, She is to the left of Blago. Oberweis is the closest thing to a libertarian in this race. AND FYI Cesar Chavez was anti-illelgal immigrant rights also. And Cesar is a hero of mine. He fought for the rights and dignity of hard working people. And he knew illegal aliens were a threat to this country. Patrick Fitzgerald prosecuted illegal Irish immigrants as well as illegal hispanics. We are a nation of laws not emotions. Those who break our laws must be dwelt with and punished. Those who are hard working and obey the laws of the land will be rewarded because of our great free market system. My views on illegal immigrants are main stream not far right. I think those already here should be given a option to earn their citizenship through military service and citzen classes. And thats a way guarenteed way to instill a love for ones country, by serving it. I actually wanted to go into the military but i had that seizure because of how much I want to serve it. So I'm going into public service.


    I'm finally here...

    As is everyone else, at last. Joe needs to guest blog an entry here about the horrid experiences that he and eight others of our UIS party [there are 11 of us total... highest CR total of all IL chapters!] had yesterday... For now, I've been here, for like an hour or so, in the main CPAC room [had to sleep in some, due to having had no sleep the previous night, and all else that's been going on]. The wireless availability here is [surprisingly!] crappy, but as least I'm able to post something.

    Expect some more reports, and perhaps some live-blogging of events. [Though if things get so hectic that I don't get a chance to post much, I apologize in advance.]

    Tuesday, February 07, 2006

    The following takes place between...

    A few entries down, I blogged about how I recently started watching the show 24. A lot of other people were blogging about it, due to the Season 5 premier.

    At the end of yesterday, I had my IM away message saying that I felt like I was one of the characters on 24... Now I guess I know how Chloe, Tony, Jack, and the rest must feel. Almost from the moment I woke up yesterday, it was CPAC, CPAC, and then some more CPAC... I was hoping for the evening to be able to work on my pending coursework for the two courses that I will be missing this week, but that was way, way, way to much to ask...

    What would Jack Bauer do? And today was another one of those days.

    Most people often don't realize how much behind-the-scenes work is involved in planning just one event... Much less planning them again and again, during the course of a single month, and during the course of a semester.

    Ann Coulter will always be at CPAC... It would take so long to describe what has transpired within recent weeks, for myself, and for others around me. Right now, several of us have to take either flights or trains out tomorrow morning, while trying to cram in packing, pending coursework, and for me, a bunch of other last-minute CPAC stuff. I will try to be blogging from CPAC [perhaps live-blogging an event or two?] - I don't know if they're doing the "CPAC Bloggers" thing again this year. Anyway, Christian Hartsock is still a guest blogger here, and I was going to add my friend Joe Grigoletti, also of the UIS CRs, as well, in the run-up to CPAC, while I knew I was going to be in a time jam. I didn't get a chance to add Joe yet [among other things that I haven't yet had a chance to do!! :-( ], but I think I'll do that now, and perhaps he can guest blog here as well, while we're both at CPAC!