War Games in the Afghan Wastes
“I’m a murderer, even when I play.” – Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game, Ch. 6 What if we waged war the same way most teams play round one of soccer’s World Cup? You’d be careful never to lose. You’d put in some, but not all of your resources. You wouldn’t play to maximize the probability of a win. You’d play to minimize the chances of | Read More »
Gather Your Nut-Jobs (And Keef Olberloon Will Give You 15 Minutes of Fame)
Rick Barber and Keith Olbermann reinforce one another. They are symbiotic and one feeds the other. One man, Rick Barber is a Conservative idiot. Keith Olbermann, who we all know and love, basically defies accurate description and needs to be diagnosed with reference to the appropriate axis of the DSM. This makes him a good representative of “Progressive” America. The two men are good for | Read More »
Obama’s Unending “Deliberation” An Excuse For Cowardice
“Enough talk!” – Conan. I’m all in favor of deliberative, thoughtful planning on the part of a major political leader. It beats the fierce urgency of political expediency any day of the week. Anyone who ever had to decide anything knows you can learn valuable wisdom from a BOGSAT, (Bunch of Guys Sitting Around and Talking) if you invite the right BOG. That holds true | Read More »
So Should We Boycott British Pollution?
British Pollu…, oops, sorry Mr. Hayword, British Petroleum, has proven itself an atrocious corporate citizen on many levels. They have recently managed an oil spill that dwarfs the impact of the Exxon Valdez disaster. They have at least a decade’s worth of infamy for not maintaining their facilities and killing their workers the way people died at both Deepwater Horizon and the Texas City Refinery | Read More »
Reading George Orwell Backwards and Upside Down
Democratic pollsters Stan Greenberg, Celinda Lake and Guy Molyneaux have studied their George Orwell with dedication and due diligence. They’ve learned much. Regrettably, they’ve learned lessons in 180-degree opposition to those the great author and social critic wanted to teach in his work 1984. Orwell taught that warping language to deliberately lie to the people was an evil tool used to acquire power. The Democratic | Read More »
Have The Unions Lost The Jacksonians?
A Union Organizer can exert tremendous influence over the outward political life of a member constituent. The organizer controls whether the member keeps his card, which determines that union member’s eligibility for continued employment in a non Right-To-Work state. If the organizer likes President Obama, the worker’s official position had better be “mmm, mmm, mmm…” This cozy suspension of union members’ 1st Amendment rights broke | Read More »
Equipoise and National Decency.
“Can’t we all just get along?” – Rodney King No, Rodney, we can’t just all get along. Our nation has fallen out of balance. Our people no longer trust or respect one another, and by and large, the only question anyone has anymore is “How do I get mines?” This is the hallmark behavior of an insular, dying nation in well-earned and condign decline. So, | Read More »
Of Manhood, Equipoise and Our Great Nation’s Future
“Manly men, do manly things, in manly ways!” – Traditional Rugby Pre-Game Cheer. In the mind of Historian Barbara Tuchman, French Noble Enguerrand de Coucy (1340-1397), exemplified manly virtue. In her masterwork of comparative history, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century she describes Coucy as a “whole man in a fractured world.” Today our world increasingly fractures. Little mistakes in diplomacy, in economics and | Read More »
Show Us The Principals Or ‘Bama Will Show You The Door
“He kept on asking for it until he got it.” – Boot Hill Epitaph. So was last night’s Alabama State Primary uprising anti-incumbent.? I think it’s a frame of reference question. From Parker Griffith’s, Troy King’s or Artur Davis’ perspective, why yes it was! (Gloat, Gloat, Gloat!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!) When the question is examined from the voters’ perspectives, not so much. Most of Alabama’s incumbent politicians | Read More »
When All You’ve Got Is A Hammer…..
Robert Reich has a hammer, and all the world’s problems, even it’s Phillips-Head Screws, seem to look a lot like nails. Reich suffers that myopia so badly, that this very morning he is offering his solution to the crisis, straight from the desk of Robert Reich, PE. Of course, Robert Reich is no more a Professional Engineer than either KOTM or Repair_Man_Jack, but he must | Read More »
Believing In Government and Governing Are Not The Same Thing
So what have we learned from our disaster in the Gulf of Mexico? We have learned that believing in government the way Ravi Shankar taught his drugged-out disciples to believe in gurus is not the same as governing. Having faith in an institution in no way guarantees that you will be able to make that institution worthy of such ingenuous belief. Nobody in America has | Read More »
Leaders Who Despise Their Own People
Not since President James Buchanan left America open to secession and civil war in the late 1850s has America suffered a leader so determined to undermine our fundamental interests.(HT: David “Spengler” Goldman) It was a gala affair on the White House Lawn. The POTUS and The President of Mexico stood behind the podium and delivered addresses of mutual friendship and good will. It seems the | Read More »
The Paradox of The 38th Parallel
South Korea, aided by American and other international forensic investigators, issued an exhaustive report last week, establishing the North Korea culpability. But no one expects war. (HT: The New York Post.) For years we have tried negotiations and sanctions to get North Korean Dictator Kim Jung Il to behave rationally. In the words of US UN Ambassador Susan Rice, last year’s resolution against North Korea | Read More »
Even Ugly Truth Is Beauty.
“If you speak the truth, have one foot in the stirrup!” – Sid Meyer, Civilization IV. Yesterday offered us a spectacle of why Clusterstock.com is so aptly and humorously named. Yes, the bullish traders and frenetic market-makers got an up-close view of what it was like to be an Angle or a Saxon in 1067. The Dow took a 367 point high colonic and the | Read More »
The Ignorant Pat Robertson of The Left
Natural disaster had struck the island of Haiti. An earthquake left the place desolate and suffering. The world was sympathetic. Churches all over America passed the plate once and then a second time – just for the suffering in Haiti. Then, almost as if on queue from James Carville, Pat Robertson opened his stupid and vile mouth. He claimed the Haitians had it coming for | Read More »
All Is Deemed Well As The Budget Process Unravels
I am going to make a grand pronouncement. Perhaps a grand pronouncement that will be filled with that which fertilizes the corn and attracts swarms of flies and dung beetles. But nevertheless, I believe our current dissolving budget process will argue strongly in favor of the proposition that all powerful and centralized governments devolve into dictatorships driven by aristocracies of pull. I make this grand | Read More »
Disasters Result From Regulatory Capture
Disasters Result From Regulatory Capture. Government works. Government works like Hell. It does exactly what it gets paid to do. Government is efficient – damn near omnipotent. It seeks out rents with the visceral efficacy of the Goldman Sachs trading desks. It garners power the way Cesare Borgia did in the dysfunctional awakening that was the birth of Italian Nationalism. We believe government in America | Read More »
At Some Point, You’ve Burned Enough Money
“Now, what we’re doing, I want to be clear, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” – President Barack Obama To hear a condescending moral lecture from the likes of Barack Obama is to know the fire of rage as it burns through my veins | Read More »
Arizona Forces A Decision
“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”-Geddy Lee Immigration always becomes a dirty issue. It’s dirty, because it reveals a lot of truth about people, and the society they live in. In America, it reveals a very ugly truth about our governing class. They want the power of government without the grungy, necessary work of having to govern. They want | Read More »
Would You Trust These Jerk-Offs To Run Anything?
Just 22 percent of respondents said they can trust the government “almost always” or “most of the time,” marking the lowest confidence rating in half a century. (HT: Pew Research Center) The American People do not trust or respect the people in charge of their government. A satirist would at this point comment that he or she isn’t terribly fond of transacting business with Goldman | Read More »