Monday, January 4, 2016

We are becoming Pakistan, two.

I  often hate it when events prove me right.

However, an article by Sally Koln: Thank Government Appeasement of Wingnuts for the Oregon Standoff , echos the brilliant blog posting of April 2015 (We are becoming Pakistan).

Rather than wasting time with hollow gestures about gun control, President Buchanan Obama might actually spend time enforcing the law against those who seek to destroy our state.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Note the language in support of terror

Clever use of language by Fox, no: Armed protesters at national wildlife refuge say government force would risk lives.

By all means, it wants to portray its (Fox News') terrorists as protesters.  I might go so far as to say, its (Fox News') traitors.

My usage of the term traitor is not hyperbolic, because I believe in supporting the police and according to the Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward:
"These men came to Harney County claiming to be part of militia groups supporting local ranchers, when in reality these men had alternative motives to attempt to overthrow the county and federal government in hopes to spark a movement across the United States,"
I commend the reactionary movements and Republican Party's Völkischer Beobachter, on its skill.

Interesting technical point, Fox News' title for this article on its web site is "Armed protesters at national wildlife refuge say government force would risk lives", though the metadata means that a direct post to facebook would referred to "Armed Militia".

Monday, December 21, 2015

Let us Dance the Dark Morris

Solitice will occurs this year on December 22nd at 04:49 Hours GMT (Universal time) or December 21, 20:49 Hours PST.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Well, that was unexpected....

From the Forward, which really does some good reporting, we have the surpise new: Poland Turns Hard to Right — and Jews Wind Up in Crosshairs.

Wonder when NPR will cover this?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Speech I Wish Someone Would Give: Four thousand throats.

It is often said that we need more people who speak truth to power.

I, however, would rather have power speak truth to people.

The hopeless non-sense spoken by everyone about recent terror attacks miss a single point:

We can minimize attacks, but we can't stop them.

I wish to Hell -- which seems appropriate -- that someone would say this.

Yes we can improve intelligence, control weapons, strike an bases.  And a good strategy might improve safety, limit gun crime, prevent radicalization.

But it won't stop it all.  As the font of much wisdom pointed out "Four thousand throats may be cut in one night by a running man."*

People in power should state firmly we aren't going to eliminate the risk -- live with it.  Then we can talk about mitigation, cost, and benefit.

No one, not the Reactionaries, not Obama, not Hollande, not Clinton, not Sanders, no one is will to tell the truth.

*(Star Trek, 'Day of the Dove').

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

There a number of reasons that I am not a fan of Obama, and while a large part of it is his economic politics (1960s Republican), a more visceral part is his temperament.*

He seems to have problems understanding what it means to govern, and shows very little learning curve.

As a case in point, see  How The White House Lost Democrats On The Syrian Refugee Bill  from the Huffington Post.**


.. after leaving a Democratic caucus briefing on Thursday with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson ...[Steve] Israel told reporters. "They may have strong arguments on their side, but they're not expressing those strong arguments sufficiently."
An aide in the meeting with Johnson and McDonough said the administration’s presentation was “too complicated” and was “not going over well.”

Another aide said they didn't answer basic questions presented by lawmakers, such as why it was not practical or doable to add another level of certification on top of the current vetting process.
One House Democrat, who requested anonymity, said he went into the meeting with administration officials opposed to the bill but left in support of it.
Emphasis added.

Apparently, the White House expected 'loyalty' from Democratic House members. The reason for this expectation, -- given  its lack of zeal during the last election cycle, and attempts to throw Congressional Democrats under the bus during budget negotiations (that God for Republican intransigence), -- is unclear to me. They have done little to earn loyalty.

For the record, Steve Israel, who is quoted above, is not my favorite Democrat, being a bit of a Blue Dog and to close to Wall Street -- though interestingly he supported both Occupy Wall Street and J Street.

However, he points out the political realities -- which anyone with a desire to lead must deal with -- and the short comings of Obama's governance.  There has been no good attempt to explain and push the policy -- for starters, given the politics, Obama himself should have been involved.

It is not enough to attack the demagogues as demagogues -- as noted in the brilliant blog post Reality Politics  -- one has to make a solid case addressing the issues.

This White House has yet to learn this in seven years.  And I predict, it will help its party lose the position in 2016.***

* This is reference to a famous observation by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., after meeting FDR -- he remarked that unlike Hoover, FDR had"Second-class intellect, first-class temperament," and that this was a good thing. 
** A source I continue to use, despite the injunctions from some as "They...make money off of unpaid writers, and Arianna was a long time buddy with Andrew Breitbart". Credit where credit is due.
***  I make this prediction firmly, and without hesitation -- in hopes that my families track record on such predictions continues: we are generally wrong.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Useful Idiots and Battles We Choose to Fight

I have rather strong feelings about the complexity of understanding history, free expression, and the right to offend -- and a bias in favor of action over display.

I have long wondered (since college) at the various obsessions with PC, White Privilege, marginalization, victimization.

It seems to me, this would be exactly the sort of distraction I would create as a mechanism for dividing opposition to the dominant politics and economics -- as well as undermining support of research, free through, and education.

Specifically, I think that the current spate of campus posturing is probably going to help elect the harder-right wing1.  (That and the condescension surrounding the current security debate , see the brilliant blog post Reality Politics, are likely to give the reactionairies a glide path to electoral success.)

So, I was not displeased to see 's note in the Huffington Post2 Woodrow Wilson, Princeton University, and the Battles We Choose to Fight.

This article contrasts well, I think with Marian Wright Edelman's piece It's Way Past Time for America to Face These Ugly Truths.3 Which is mainly an argument for  a 'guided' introspection, but present no actions that will change reality.

There is an argument that there is nothing so powerful than an idea whose time has come4, that changing minds and raising consciousness is the best way to change reality.

Personally, I am on the side of the larger coalitions, shared interests, and (of course ) bigger battalions5.

Which is why I view the current generation of activists (not unlike many of their failed predecessors) as useful idiots and nothing more.

Or we have met the tools of the enemy, and he,she,it,zee,they, is us6.

  1 I count Hillary and Obama as the mild right wing, at least on economics.
  Which I link to  despite the injunctions from some as "They...make money off of unpaid writers, and Arianna was a long time buddy with Andrew Breitbart".  Credit where credit is due.
 3 Oops did it again.
 4   Victor Hugo 
 5   Voltaire
 6 Apologies to Walt Kelly.