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The Point of the Exercise Described

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

StrategyPage’s Jim Dunnigan: Iraqi terrorists released a video showing them killing a captive American soldier by shooting him in the head.  The terrorists have learned that the beheading routine is counterproductive and even offends many of their own supporters.  The terrorists are probably also debating their suicide bombing campaign, which has killed over a hundred Iraqis in the past week.  Perhaps the al Qaeda leadership is also pondering their long string of failures over the last decade or so.  The fact of the matter is that al Qaeda, and their predecessor, the Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt,have turned Arab populations against them whenever they practiced their terror tactics “at home.” Moreover, when al Qaeda was in control of the government, as they were in Afghanistan, they quickly became hated by the average Afghan.
Al Qaeda was most popular in Arab countries when it was not operating in any Arab countries, but instead concentrating on attacks on Western targets. But the war on terror has forced al Qaeda back to its homelands, and concentrated them in Iraq. There, al Qaeda is becoming as hated as it already is in the West.  This hatred led to the Moslem Brotherhood’s defeat, and expulsion from Egypt over a decade ago. The same thing is happening again in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.  Recent surveys have shown support for bin Laden and al Qaeda shrink dramatically in Saudi Arabia (from 96 percent in late 2001, to less than a quarter of that currently.)  It’s easy to admire terrorists from a distance, rather more difficult when they are terrorizing you.  Iraq is rapidly becoming al Qaeda’s graveyard.

Now, how many [besides War Profiteer Michael Moore] need further explanation? This was the point of the exercise, though whyinhell the Bush Administration cannot say this out loud now is still beyond me. Maybe they’ll feel confident enough by convention time.

Alice in Wonderland — as interpreted by Philip K. Dick

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

B. Preston at JunkYardBlog wrote an essay I highly recommend. Here’s your taste-whetter:

The worst thing one can be is gullible or believe something that turns out to be untrue, so it’s easier to not believe anything any leader says than to buy a line and have it turn out false…
…They are embracing lies, and they know it, but they don’t believe in truth anymore so it doesn’t matter.
…It’s death by cynicism.

No, really; Go See . . .

The New Hero of the Media

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

“This is all a theatre,” Saddam said with a half-smile. “The real criminal is Bush.”

Now, how did he manage to get to a F-911* premier?

CNN There was some concern that Saddam might use this as a political platform. That didn’t really happen.

“The real criminal is Bush.” — Thank Allah he didn’t go political . . .

Radio Free Europe CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour, one of a group of Western journalists present in the courtroom, described the former absolute ruler as a “shadow of his former self” and in a weakened physical state after six months in prison.

Awww. What? No panties on his head? I’m sure that “weakened physical state” had nuttin’ to do with being a paranoid on the run, moving every 2-3 hours for 10 months ending up living in a hole in the ground. [somebody cluebat this woman...] [and knock off the silly accent]

“Saddam Hussein was alternately downcast and combative. Occasionally, in a hoarse voice — his voice is hoarse — he jabbed his finger at the judge, he asked whose jurisdiction this was. He kept claiming to still be the president of Iraq,” Amanpour said.

Isn’t that sad? The poor man appears to be a little out of touch with reality . . .unlike before
The creepy bits:

CNN And then toward the end, he was asked whether he could afford counsel, whether he had any legal counsel, at which point, he looked around and with a sort of half smile said, “But everybody says, the Americans say I have millions of dollars stashed in Geneva. Why shouldn’t I be able to afford a lawyer?”

CNN He also referred to the accusation of gassing Kurds at Halabja.
“I heard about that on the television reports, saying it happened during the rule of President Saddam Hussein,” he told the judge.

In an interview with
CNN, Feisal al-Istrabadi, the principal drafter of the transitional administrative law, was asked about the availability of war crime evidence if Saddam didn’t sign documents approving the actions he is suspected of spearheading.

Ya wanna run that one by me again? So, if, according to the laws of Iraq written by Saddam an invasion is illegal, he can’t be prosecuted for, oh say, feeding people through a chipper/shredder? Yeah. okey-dokey.

But some other [Iraqi] people view Hussein as a victim of the United States. One resident, Ali, told our correspondent in Baghdad that his family wasn’t mistreated during the former regime and that Hussein should be forgiven in the interest of national reconciliation.
“Yes, we can forgive [Hussein]. The man did nothing to the Iraqis. We can give him a new start and forgive him. We don’t have anything against him,” Ali said

Spend a lotta time in Vienna, Ali? A whole lotta time?Tim Hughes and Ramsey Clark are the first members of what I hope will come to be called The Nightmare Team for this, the newest [*cue echo voice*] Trial Of The Century ry ry ry.

Why isn’t it illegal to break the law?

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

A new man is in charge of border relations for Mexico and he has some radical ideas for change at the border with the United States.
Arturo Gonzalez Cruz, a 52-year-old Tijuana businessman, says many improvements are needed at the border to benefit trade, including creating more lanes and adding border crossings. Ultimately, Cruz says flat out, he wants to see the border disappear.

So that they can more easily send us their tired, their poor, their huddled masses yearning for free medical.

Mexico has agreed to take part in a program beginning July 12 that will provide free flights home for illegal Mexican immigrants arrested in the Arizona desert, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

Officials hope the program will both reduce deaths in the Southwestern desert and the attempts by illegal immigrants to enter the United States.
…Asa Hutchinson, the Homeland Security Department’s undersecretary for border and transportation security, said the program would save lives “by safely returning Mexican nationals to their homes, away from the dangers of the Arizona-Sonora desert where smugglers and the harsh summer climate contribute to the deaths and injuries of illegal border crossers.”

Asa, please. Think! Are the planes gonna land in the Sonora Desert and pick these people up??? These people don’t die in the desert on the way back! They die in the desert [in the "care" of coyote] on the way here! On those occasions when they are caught, they are not forced to wander back across the Sonora Desert to the border. [...and that is not the origin of the phrase, "Run for the border."]
So hows about you not make me pay for their plane tickets home? Howz about a nice Greyhound, at least? Bettah yet, howz about we make the Mexicangovernment come get ‘em? That might encourage some border controls on their side of the Rio Grande.

William Strassberger, Homeland Security Department spokesman, said the program’s estimated cost is $12 million to $13 million, which will be paid by the United States. you and me.

Their penalty for breaking the law of the US is that I get to pay for a “charter airplane” flight back. [do they stack people up 'til the plane is full, or it it one at at time?]

[Strassberger] said many immigrants will want to return home because of the harshness of their journey and exposure to the desert.
“Many of them have spent several days crossing a desert with blast furnace temperatures, struggling to get through,”

Don’t give me that “dumb brown people” bull-caca. These people have a pretty good idea what they’re in for [they know what a desert is, even though they're Mexicans] and they’re making the choice to come here on purpose. I doubt, given a choice, they would want to return home after having finally made it through. [it'd sure piss me off] At least not before they’ve accomplished their goal.

Mexico’s Interior Ministry called the program “part of the humanitarian efforts by Mexico and the United States to aid and protect migrants who traverse high-risk zones, to prevent deaths and avoid abuses by migrant traffickers.”
The program includes “full respect for the human rights” of migrants, …

You’re so interested in “humanitarian efforts,” pal, you pay for it. Otherwise you’re interfering with my”humanitarian rights” not to be invaded by law-breakers, then hafta pay for it.
And howz about y’all initiate some penalties for those “traffickers in humanity” right there in Mexico, eh?

The lateral repatriation program last year moved 6,000 Mexicans from Arizona to the Texas border cities. …Mayors of the cities on the Mexican side complained that the migrants were dumped, often without money for food or a bus ticket home.

…just like they came across the border to US. Mexican mayors don’t like it. I don’t see them taxing the citizens of their cities to pay for these people’s tickets home. But we’re expected to be just fiiiiinewith these people arriving in the US “without money for food or a bus ticket” to anywhere.

—Mexicans will be returned home in a safe, humane and dignified manner. Homeland Security officers will not handcuff or restrain Mexicans unless warranted in individual cases. Those charged with a crime, excluding illegal entry, are ineligible.

Cuz “illegal entry” is clearly not a crime anymore… Unless I tried to sneak into Mexico…

—The program is only available to Mexicans.
—Migrants who tell immigration officials they want to be returned to Mexico will be referred to the Mexican consul. Mexico plans to increase its consul staff in Arizona.
—The Mexican consul will interview the migrants and confirm they have asked to be returned to Mexico’s interior.
—Those who decline will be deported by way of a port of entry on the U.S.-Mexican border.

So the only possible benefit I could have derived from my [ok, our] $12 million bucks is having them taken far, far into Mexico where it will be difficult for them to return. But if they don’t want to go there, we’ll just drop ‘em off right near the crossing where they’ll give it another shot tomorrow night.
And since most of these people aren’t necessarily the bon vivant, high society folk from the big cities, but people from hard-scrabble mountain and desert small towns where records are hare to access and not kept as well, howindahell are the “authorities” gonna be certain that they even *are* Mexican citizens. A native speaker of Arabic can learn Spanish as easily as English…
Seriously; as sorry as one can feel for some of these folks — the honest, hard-working people just trying to get some bucks for the huge, starving family back home — how is this situation fair? I’ve hired them, I’ve had them to dinner, I even baked a birthday cake once. The decent men are damn decent. The skeezy ones scare even the decent men — and they’re no “pussified males.” It’s a rough life and these are pretty tough fellas. There are some seriously hard customers and quite a few outright head cases among the illegals.
But how is it right when someone trespasses against us/US that we are then supposed to pay for it?
When it comes to human dignity, you gotta give as good as you want to get.
signed,Tired of Being the World’s Patsy
.So taking all this into consideration, there must be something I am missing. Why is our government ignoring its own laws in this area? There must be a reason — a payoff for this behavior, this choice. What *is* it???.
ADDENDUM: McCain panders to La Raza [remember? For the people, everything; for those not of the people nothing" "We must remember the horrible things those gringos have done to us!" yeah. that La Raza [aka, "The Race"]

“Lead us, Hillary, for we are blind!”

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

“Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you,” Sen. Clinton said. “We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” [emph mine -C]

Ah, Hillary, Hillary, Hillary . . . How stupid you think know we are. I can’t imagine how awful it would be to walk around the world “knowing” in your heart of hearts that each and every person you see is too gol-dang stoo-pud to walk and chew gum, much less make his own life choices. Not to even mention having a casual conversation with You, dear blonde Hillary. It must be so heart-wrenchingly lonely . . .
And isn’t it amazing — a miracle of nature, really — that these self-same people manage to create all this wealth that you plan to take from them at the point of a gun and give to people who cannot/will not create their own. “For their own good,” of course?
What a burden You bear, worse even than the Briton’s “White Man’s Burden” of the late 19th century, when all people around you must be cared for like the foolish, naive children they are. It’s not just the “little brown people” anymore!
What a difficult and torturous job You have chosen to do, and we just thank our lucky stars that You are there, giving “strong, independent women” a scary good reputation, and showing us forcing us onto the right way — Your way.

Continuing to Spread the Big Lie

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

I saw Terry McAuliffe, chair of the DNC, on the Daily Show, Monday evening. Even Jon Stewart, the mugging chimp, had trouble with the “official cheerleader of the DemoParty,” as McAuliffe calls himself. You could see Jon wanted him to cut it the hell out and get real… Day-uhm — this fella could earn a joint-beating from Pollyanna and Mary Poppins.
He repeated the Big Lie about the “bad economy” and the US being “down 3,000,000 jobs. He just slid it in in his final words “cheer,” sorta under-the-radar like.
As Bastardsword demonstrates, that is an error in perception of
5,886,000 jobsas we have actually gained 2,886,000 jobs during the Bush Administration.
I’m just sayin’ . . .

War Profiteer Michael Moore

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

I’m starting a new google-bomb, wanna help?It’s certainly more on-target than “fat, lying bastard,” doncha think?

Filmmaker War Profiteer Michael Moore said Friday he wasn’t sure he did the right thing by saving footage of U.S. American soldiers’ cruelty toward Iraqis for his controversial documentary, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” instead of releasing the evidence earlier when it might have helped halt such abuse.
“I had it months before the story broke on ’60 Minutes,’ and I really struggled with what to do with it,” Moore said in a telephone interview with The Chronicle. “I wanted to come out with it sooner, but I thought I’d be accused of just putting this out for publicity for my movie .”

“So I decided to just keep the footage for my movie and make a million more bucks. Fuck them little brown people, and fuck them GIs, too. I’m really rich!!” continued war profiteer Michael Moore. “hu hu hu hu snort hu hu hu”
This article pointed out by SondraK — ThanQ!

 

Osama and the bin-Laden-ettes put out new tape

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

still hoping to hit Top 40
Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri, Wearing a white turban and with an assault rifle at his side, made a tape for alJizz to play to further demoralize us Amerikanskis.

“In the two countries, the Americans are between two fires: if they remain there they will bleed to death,

you’re thinking USSR – not US

and if they withdraw they will have lost everything.”

Well, at least they geddit… Paging Mr RatherJenningsDowdKerryBlitzer….to the white cluefone, please.

“The Americans are dug into their trenches and refuse to come out to face the mujahedeen, despite their provocations by bombing and besieging them.”

…sounds like US, yep. un huh.
From this report the rest of the tape is more boasting, chest-beating and shouting, claiming of victory and appeals to Satan Allah — the usual anthropoid politics.

 

New Millennium Perspective

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

The Pentagon’s New Map, by Thomas P. M. Barnet

The Gap and the Core Show me where globalization is thick with network connectivity, financial transactions, liberal media flows, and collective security, and I will show you regions featuring stable governments, rising standards of living, and more deaths by suicide than murder.  These parts of the world I call the Functioning Core, or Core.  But show me where globalization is thinning or just plain absent, and I will show you regions plagued by politically repressive regimes, widespread poverty and disease, routine mass murder, and—most important—the chronic conflicts that incubate the next generation of global terrorists.  These parts of the world I call the Non-Integrating Gap, or Gap. …
Ever since the end of World War II, this country has assumed that the real threats to its security resided in countries of roughly similar size, development, and wealth—in other words, other great powers like ourselves .  During the cold war, that other great power was the Soviet Union.  When the big Red machine evaporated in the early 1990’s, we flirted with concerns about a united Europe, a powerhouse Japan, and—most recently—a rising China.
What was interesting about all those scenarios is the assumption that only an advanced state can truly threaten us.  The rest of the world?   Those less-developed parts of the world have long been referred to in military plans as the “Lesser Includeds,” meaning that if we built a military capable of handling a great power’s military threat, it would always be sufficient for any minor scenarios we might have to engage in the less advanced world.
That assumption was shattered by September 11…
Bin Laden and Al Qaeda are pure products of the Gap—in effect, its most violent feedback to the Core.  They tell us how we are doing in exporting security to these lawless areas (not very well) and which states they would like to take “off line” from globalization and return to some seventh-century definition of the good life (any Gap state with a sizable Muslim population, especially Saudi Arabia).
But just as important as “getting them where they live” is stopping the ability of these terrorist networks to access the Core via the “seam states” that lie along the Gap’s bloody boundaries.  It is along this seam that the Core will seek to suppress bad things coming out of the Gap.  Which are some of these classic seam states?  Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Greece, Turkey, Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia come readily to mind.  But the U.S. will not be the only Core state working this issue.  For example, Russia has its own war on terrorism in the Caucasus, China is working its western border with more vigor, and Australia was recently energized (or was it cowed?) by the Bali bombing. …
…Iraq is the Yugoslavia of the Middle East—a crossroads of civilizations that has historically required a dictatorship to keep the peace.  As baby-sitting jobs go, this one will be a doozy, making our lengthy efforts in postwar Germany and Japan look simple in retrospect. …

Until we begin the systematic, long-term export of security to the Gap, it will increasingly export its pain to the Core in the form of terrorism and other instabilities. …
History is full of turning points like that terrible day, but no turning-back-points.   We ignore the Gap’s existence at our own peril, because it will not go away until we as a nation respond to the challenge of making globalization truly global.

PDF Map Western HemispherePDF Map Eastern Hemisphere
Fascinating conceptualization very well written. I highly recommend reading the whole thing.
Thoughts?

 

Re-institute the Draft?

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

why the idea is just another Moonbat Misapprehension™

September 11 … we were not attacked by a nation or even an army, but by a group of—in Thomas Friedman’s vernacular—Super Empowered Individuals willing to die for their cause. …
So if the United States is in the process of “transforming” its military to meet the threats of tomorrow, what should it end up looking like?  In my mind, we fight fire with fire.  If we live in a world increasingly populated by Super-Empowered Individuals, we field a military of Super-Empowered-Individuals.

Ya can’t throw just any yahoo into a position like this. It will take a significant math/science background and years of training to make an effective soldier. It will become even more a career option than it already is. Not so much of a “short hitch and on to something else” kind of a deal.
It will require more front-end investment in each individual — even support services will require more hi-tech type training. [what I've heard called REMF, I b'elive?] Therefore, the services will want to hang on to each trained individual for a longer time and will, therefore, need to make their offers very attractive, indeed.
Agree? How does real world experience change this view?

 

The Super-Empowered Individual

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

Thomas Friedman

The driving idea behind globalization is free-market capitalism — the more you let market forces rule and the more you open your economy to free trade and competition, the more efficient and flourishing your economy will be. Globalization means the spread of free-market capitalism to virtually every country in the world. Globalization also has its own set of economic rules — rules that revolve around opening, deregulating and privatizing your economy.
…The symbol of the Cold War system was a wall, which divided everyone. The symbol of the globalization system is a World Wide Web, which unites everyone. The defining document of the Cold War system was “The Treaty.” The defining document of the globalization system is “The Deal.” …The Cold War was about Einstein’s mass-energy equation, e =mc 2. Globalization is about Moore’s Law …
…If the defining economists of the Cold War system were Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes, who each in his own way wanted to tame capitalism, the defining economists of the globalization system are Joseph Schumpeter and former Intel CEO Andy Grove, who prefer to unleash capitalism.
…Those countries that are most willing to let capitalism quickly destroy inefficient companies, so that money can be freed up and directed to more innovative ones, will thrive in the era of globalization. Those which rely on their governments to protect them from such creative destruction will fall behind in this era.
In the Cold War we reached for the hot line between the White House and the Kremlin — a symbol that we were all divided but at least someone, the two superpowers, were in charge. In the era of globalization we reach for the Internet — a symbol that we are all connected but nobody is totally in charge. The defining defense system of the Cold War was radar — to expose the threats coming from the other side of the wall. The defining defense system of the globalization era is the X-ray machine-to expose the threats coming from within. …
The globalization system, by contrast, is built around three balances, which overlap and affect one another. The first is the traditional balance between nation-states. …The US is the “Super-power.”
The second balance in the globalization system is between nation-states and global markets. …”the Supermarkets.” …
The third balance that you have to pay attention to in the globalization system — the one that is really the newest of all is the balance between individuals and nation-states. Because globalization has brought down many of the walls that limited the movement and reach of people, and because it has simultaneously wired the world into networks, it gives more power to individuals to influence both markets and nation-states than at any time in history. So you have today not only a superpower, not only Supermarkets, but, … you have Super-empowered individuals.

[Thomas] Friedman”super-empowered” individual who can affect change on the world stage simply by possessing a modem.
“Thus you have people such as Judy Williams, who was a kind of ‘super-empowered nice lady’ who waged an e-mail campaign to ban land mines, and had incredible success doing it.
“On the other hand, you have someone like Osama bin Laden, who is like a cross between Charles Manson and Jack Welch (the former CEO of General Electric), who uses the new culture of globalization for much more pernicious means.”

 

Discussion Fodder

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

remember increased “understanding or comprehension” does not mean “forgiven” or even “excused”
[Thomas] Friedman contended that the terrorist attacks were not the result of “poverty of money but of poverty of dignity.”
“People don’t fly planes into buildings because they’re poor,” he said. “They fly planes into buildings because of a ‘cognitive dissonance’ that comes from severe jolts to their faith — the result of being castigated to the fringes of society [n Europe] and also by seeing so many Christians and Jews who are living more powerfully than they are as Muslims.”

 

Newly coined phrase at Dan’s house

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

Dammit, honey! The dog just made a Blitzer on the rug!”

“I want to emphasize: I stand by my president. We are in a time of war, and I stand behind my president.

Good thing W has a Kevlar wardrobe.

There is not joy in reporting such a story, but my job as a journalist is not to be afraid, and when we come with facts, and legitimate questions supported by witnesses and documents that we believe to be authentic,

Not that “we have determined to be authentic.” Not “we have researched” or “fact checked,” or “given somewhat more than a cursory glance at.” “…we believe.” Well *I* believe that blogging is gonna make me rich! I also believe that monkeys are gonna fly out my ass, so there ya have it.

to raise those questions no matter how unpleasant they are,” Rather said Friday.

He sounds so adult. So responsible and fatherly and weighty. And I have this mental picture that on the inside he’s giggling like a school-boy in a p0rn store.

“The story is true. The story is true,” Rather said. “The questions raised in the story are serious and legitimate questions.”

The docs may be fake, but the story is true, I tell ya! Look over here at the questions! Those papers — they’re part of the frequency!

Rather also said the possibility of issuing any kind of recant or apology was “not even discussed. Nor should it be.”
Sure sounds a lot like: *fingers in ears*”Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala”
Sad.

 

RIP: The best Blog Hosting Outfit… Ever

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

first Tough Crowd — now this?!?!?
Ok — here is the dealio around here: I went over my bandwidth for October a week too soon. This delighted me no end — at least I *think* it wasn’t all spambots… Unfortunately, when I contacted the hosting company to change my plan or pay the overage fees I got no response. Nuttin’. Nada. Since this was so out of character for the Proprietor of this establishment I became worried — I even wrote him an email asking if he were dead on the floor. [yeah -- I know. Hey it was late and election week and... just nevermind that] That is why I was off the Lovely Interweb for a week.
Thank heaven for the lovely SondraK and Knowledge is Power or I would have been printing pamphlets in crayon and leaving them on stuck on windshields. [blogging addictive?!? pfaff!]
The grand conclusion of all this is Bloghosts.com is going belly up. They have irretrievably corrupted data …er, stuffs, perhaps via an intentional hack, and, for some reason which is completely opaque to me, are quitting.
Worst. News. Ever. In a long time.
I’m feeling unaccountably distressed about this — which fact in itself has me distressed. Just to go whole hog about the thing, I have decided to change over from MT to WordPress. Everyone who uses it raves, it seems much more powerful and useful from the info on the site, and no rebuilds.
So that’s where I’ve been — research, with a touch of running in circles and an undertone of burnout. With just a tad of utter amazement and incomprehension at the reaction of the Moonbat cadre to their recent spanking.
More on that last bit soon.
Thank you for your patience with me and for continuing to check back. Do c’mon over to Knowledge is Power for some of the other stuff I do and wish me luck on the Big Changeover. I think the antici……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………pation will prove worse than the actuality.

 

Getting a Handle on The Reality Based Challenged Community

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

like nailing Jell-o to a tree…

Let’s face it.  It’s not Kerry’s fault.   It’s not Nader’s fault (this time).  It’s not the media’s fault … It’s not “our” fault either. The problem is just this:  Slightly more than half of the citizens of this country simply do not care about what those of us in the “reality-based community” say or believe about anything.

Anyone who’s spent much time at all with kids recognizes way of thinking; “You don’t looove me! If you loooved me, you’d do [what I want]!!” Not quite as simplistic, nor as attractive, as a 2 year old’s plaintive cry, the Moonbat cry is slightly more *ahem*nuanced though on an emotional par. The writer has chosen to view a political loss as an indication that he and his fellows are not seen nor respected. The concept of “worthy opponent” is alien. Verging on anathema.
Interesting that he would go for that conclusion rather than “Slightly more than half… do not agree with what [we] say or believe in.” Or, “Slightly more than half don’t understand what we say. Or, “Slightly more than half have very different values…”
Implicit is the idea that, if they did care what we believed, they would do things differently. I find it difficult to imagine that Alterman believes that people who care what he believes would just give in, regardless of their own beliefs, and go along with him. Is that caring? Or tyranny by another name?
From “disagree,” there is somewhere to go; explanation, persuasion, re-evaluation… All these approaches can be learned from a good border collie — back off, go around, come at it again from another direction.
From “simply do not care about us,” where ya gonna go? Any approach seems merely a needy, pathetic effort to demand or force respect where there is none.
The next paragraph is key to comprehending the dilemma: “This is not a world of rational debate and issue preference. It’s one of “them” and “us.”  ”
Unfortunately, this is where what the psycho-babblers call “perception *is* reality” kicks in. What one chooses to look at — how onechooses to interpret what is looked at — will be the basis on which one chooses action.
When the lament becomes, “they” don’t care about [insert incorrect statement]” it is nearly impossible to work past the resentment created by the “not caring” to a place where re-evaluation of the initial preconception is even possible. If someone believes that “they” don’t care that tax cuts only benefit the rich, it is near impossible for that person to grasp that the facts demonstrate the benefit of tax cuts to the entirety of the 50% of the nation who even pay taxes. That person will be caught up in the righteous indignation that his fellow man could be so cold hearted.
The lethal blow is to the idea of reconciliation of a divided nation. Why would anyone even want to create commonality with another whom he believes “simply doesn’t care” about his views — about his very perception of reality?
OTOH, it sounds a lot like “our” side, doesn’t it? How many gun owners really care about the reasons or logic behind the opposition’s argument? Nope — we just call ‘em ignorant, or chickenshit, or government loving control freaks. Sure, that is an accurate description of many and looking at it that way gets us exactly nowhere. What sane person wants to hold a conversation with an ignorant, chickenshit control freak?!?
This strikes me as all too similar to the polarization occurring between the West and the Islamic fundamentalist militants: the two world-views are mutually exclusive.
This, then, cannot be a question of “healing the divide” or “reaching a consensus with each side giving a little ground.” Those options require each party to be highly motivated — the kind of “highly motivated” that feels like a matter of survival. Yet, even though it is a matter of survival, it is apparently not more motivating than the siren call of righteousness coming from the polarized sides.
It often happens that a common enemy brings two sides together. If you’re squabbling with your brother and the kid from down the street starts throwing dirt bombs at you, fraternal squabbles are forgotten in the effort to kick the interloper’s ass. Right? So why isn’t that happening on a larger scale in our country?
Is it that the kid from down the street is too big and too scary so therefore we are avoiding the issue by deepening the familial squabble?
Someone has to take the role of adult and point out – and enforce – the optimal choice of accepting our differences and standing together against a common threat.
…’course that involves both sides agreeing on the seriousness of the threat. …or the direction from whence it comes. Hell — agreeing on the existence of the threat!
See? I’m in the midst of another tree-jello-nail-hammer moment…

 

History Weighing In Early

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

usually this stuff doesn’t come out ’til at least the body has cooled

NEWSWEEK: Historian [sic] Douglas Brinkley, author of a wartime biography of Kerry, cautioned that Kerry’s diary included mention of a meeting with some North Vietnamese terrorists in Paris. Edwards was flabbergasted. “Let me get this straight,” the senator said. “He met with terrorists? Oh, that’s good.”

One of the little gems in the NEWSWEEK “exposé” of the campaign. Others include a characterization of TeRAYzha as a difficult, petulant, controlling, spoiled lush European bon vivant. [shocked I tell you...] And the candidate himself as amazed that not everyone luurved him — while being manipulative with his own approval and ‘affection.’
The last section of the ‘special report’ released today is difficult slogging, as compared to the marshmallow fluff of the previous bits. Pushing the sympathetic view of Kerry as ‘deeply wounded’ by the Swiftie’s ‘unfair’ attacks, it is about as partisan a piece as I’ve seen — a fact of which it seems blissfully unaware.
Discussing Kerry’s withdrawal during August;

But mostly, in the last days of August, he disappeared inside [the Nantucket house], away from his staff. A silence descended over the candidate, a disturbing, distant quiet. His aides looked at his stony stare and tried to read his mind. They wondered, was he back in Vietnam?

Brilliant. In one swell foop this statement not only wrings sympathy for the besieged Kerry but re-evokes and normalizes that view he, himself, created, of Viet Nam vets as moody, disordered beings prone to unaccountable withdrawals [and that would be good in a POTUS how?!?] The blithe unawareness of the irony in their mixed messages is boggling.
I found key insight into the psyche of the DhimmoCrap party as a whole in this story.

Carville was working himself up to a confrontation. On the Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend, with the Republicans basking in the success of their convention, he decided to try to force the issue. Along with Clinton’s old pollster Stan Greenberg, Carville went to see Mary Beth Cahill and Joe Lockhart at the Kerry campaign headquarters on 15th Street. Greenberg was soft-spoken and generally supportive of the Kerry team, though he did offer a critique demonstrating that Kerry’s speeches sounded about five different themes without any organizing principle. Carville, however, was so worked up that he began to cry. He wanted so badly to beat Bush, he said, yet the Kerry campaign was failing miserably. Carville came right out and said that Cahill had to step aside and let Lockhart, the Clintonista newcomer, run the campaign. “You’ve got to let him do it!” implored Carville, pounding Lockhart’s arm until it was bruised. Carville spoke as if Mary Beth weren’t in the room. “Nobody can gain power without someone losing power. If somebody doesn’t lose power, nobody’s gained power,” he lectured. The “somebody” sitting a few feet away just remained silent. Carville threatened to go on “Meet the Press” the next day “and tell the truth about how bad it is” if Cahill didn’t give effective control to Lockhart.

Politics has long been a vicious game, but if someone came at me with tears and blackmail as tactics to change my mind, I b’lieve I would be forced to reconsider my alliances. The emotionality, the black and white thinking, and the general incapacity to look to the core object, candidate and message/Values and Vision, instead of squabbling over the window dressing, staff and methodology/strategy and tactics, is clear evidence of the source of their ineffectiveness. And dangerousness.
Despite the article’s repetition some of the DNC’s spin points as though they are part of reality, it portrays Kerry as alone in the midst of the whirl of a campaign, unable to relate to any one individual yet obsessively seeking the opinions of hundreds – until Sasso had to take away his cell phone. Repeatedly. Kerry would go with the opinion he had heard most recently.

For months Kerry had been the oldest political person on his campaign plane by about 20 years. He may have liked to be a loner, playing his guitar and watching old movies, but he needed a grown-up to advise him and deliver bad news if necessary.

Whew! Dodged Ducked that bullet.

 

 

Sipping from the Reality-Based KoolAid

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

my how quickly things change…
Interest rates have been raised after a report of increased job figures which are resulting in wage pressures. The unemployment rate is below 5.5% for the first time since 1977. Suddenly the economy “continues” to grow at a moderate pace…
The French *hands to cheeks* didn’t ask UN permission before not guarding the museums while plopping themselves in the middle of a quagmire….Oh, and it isn’t poverty that causes terrorism.

[the study] detected a peculiar relationship between the levels of political freedom a nation affords and the severity of terrorism. Though terrorism declined among nations with high levels of political freedom, it was the intermediate nations that seemed most vulnerable,’

Yeah. “Peculiar.”

 

War Profiteer Continues to Milk Misery for Money

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

NO WAR FOR SEQUELS

MICHAEL Moore plans a follow-up to Fahrenheit 9/11, his hit documentary that assails George W Bush over the handling of the September 11 attacks and the war on terror.
Moore told Daily Variety that he and Harvey Weinstein, the producer, hope to have Fahrenheit Fat’n'Hate 9/11 1/2 ready in two to three years, again addressing Iraq and terrorism.
“51% of the American people lacked information [in this election] and we want to educate and enlighten them,” Moore said. “They weren’t told the truth . . . it’s up to us to start doing it now.”
Fahrenheit 9/11 was the first documentary to top £55m at the US box office. Moore, who won a documentary Oscar for Bowling for Columbine, is pushing Fahrenheit 9/11 for best picture at the Oscars.

How much longer are we gonna hafta listen to this phoney, condescending horse’s ass?
Wonder if he’ll wear the same outfit to the Oscars . . . .

Have another cooookie, Mikey. And a ham.

 

Pick one, Mack!

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

are we gonna have borders or not?!?
You’ve heard about the little girl found being smuggled in in a pinata? Here’s the disposition of that case:

She, her mother and brother were voluntarily deported to Mexico after they were found.
The car carrying the piñatas bore California plates and was driven by a female U.S. citizen; a man in the passenger seat also is a U.S. citizen. Their names were not available.
Neither will be prosecuted, Bond said, in part because of the sheer volume of immigrant-smuggling cases.
“The arrests of individuals smuggling people far exceeds the ability to prosecute all these people,” he said. “The more egregious cases obviously will be considered for prosecution, but if there is no prosecution, we must release them.”

Fiiiine.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deployed 80 agents assigned to “fugitive operations teams” in 16 cities tofind 400,000 fugitive immigrants in the United States, 80,000 of whom were ordered to leave the country after criminal convictions, the Arizona Republic reported.
The $50 million program is part of a Bush administration initiative launched in 2003 and will be expanded by another 30 teams in all 23 field offices, including two teams each in Los Angeles and New York.

Wouldn’t it be slightly less expensive to just throw ‘em out on the spot? Oh, yeah — we’d hafta close the borders, too. *cough*Dubya Goddamit!*cough*[utilizing the middle name of dogs and presidents everywhere...]
I’m only thinking of their safety, after all . . .

Jihad Watch: Sharif al-Masri, an Egyptian who was captured in late August near Pakistan’s border with Iran and Afghanistan, has told his interrogators of “al-Qaeda’s interest in moving nuclear materials from Europe to either the U.S. or Mexico,” …
Masri also said al-Qaeda has considered plans to “smuggle nuclear materials to Mexico, then operatives would carry material into the U.S.,”

Across an incredibly porous — hell, nonexistent — “border.” Then what?

A Piper PA 25 Pawnee crop-dusting aircraft was stolen from Ejido Queretaro, near Mexicali, Mexico, on Nov. 1. “Although there is currently no indication that this has any connection to terrorist activity,” the TSA said, “the theft is cause for concern. Past information indicates that members of al-Qa’ida may have planned — or may still be planning — to disperse biological or chemical agents from cropdusting aircraft.”

 

Remember that 100,000 Iraqis killed number? [updated]

Written By: admin - Jun• 21•11

I really thought better of Lancet
Bunk worthy of FatAss Moore, War Profiteer.

via Jihad Watch: To come up with that figure, lead author Les Roberts of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and fellow researchers sent Iraqis to interview 998 families in 33 neighborhoods across the country.
…Because the sample size was so small, the range for deaths was [wide]: 8,000 to 194,000. So Roberts and company just split the difference.
…the researchers didn’t feel bound by anything official like death certificates. Interviews were fine. “In the Iraqi culture it was unlikely for respondents to fabricate deaths,” they wrote.

That goes beyond a SWAG into JMSU* territory. Do da name Baghdad Bob ring a bell.
*Just Makin’ Shit Up
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UPDATE: I heard from Tim Lambert about some controversy about this Lancet study. Hell, it’s turned into a Tech Central shootin’ war.
Piles of links and further argument here.
While I am not a statistician, nor do I play one on blogs, this li’l ole redneck stater did learn in grad school how to read a study. Three major issues are a statistically significant sampling [n], clear correlation between results and conclusions drawn and reproducible results.
For a country of 25 million or so, the sample size was 998 families in 33 “neighborhoods.” [4e-05] Not so hot.
The numerical range for their conclusion was “somewhere between 8,000 and 194,000.” Not so definitive. Their conclusion of 100,000 deaths is a shot in a pretty big middle.
Reproducible results will have to wait for the next study but the fact that there are so many voices weighing in with such enthusiasm to debate the methodology and the conclusions indicates that the study itself was not so very black and white proven in the first place.
I will leave the details to the experts but I think I smell a bit o’ bias…