My Understanding of Ben Bernanke And The Taper

    The Federal Reserve gets accused of many things. The Chairman of The Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke gets accused of many things. Is he E-vil? Nope. Is he a Great American? Probably not. So just what is Bernanke doing? My theory of Ben Bernanke’s mysterious objectives goes as follows.

    Ben Bernanke is presiding over what he hopes will be the successful retirement of the largest demographic cohort in contemporary America. The Post WWII Baby Boom is far larger than the generation ahead of it (The Silent Generation) or behind it (Generation X). Boomer columnist and political observer Peggy Noonan once described the Baby Boom Generation as “America’s basketball in the python.” This is not their fault, per se, but it does make them pose a challenge to the rest of us as they drift towards the bottom of the actuarial charts. The current $85Bn per month of QE is the periodic glass of Metamucil-Juice prescribed by Dr. Bernanke to help the python pass the basketball.

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    The Navy Yard Shootings Had Nothing To Do With Gun Control or Race

    A lot of people have raised pet political issues in the wake of the terrible Navy Yard Active Shooter Incident. Senator Feinstein and David Frum both seem to believe it couldn’t have happened had the government controlled all firearms and prevented the little people from owning any. Others diametrically opposed argue that a workplace full of guns would prevent Aaron Alexis and those of his ilk from ever having the guts to try.*

    I’m of the somewhat iconoclastic opinion that arguments over whether there were enough guns, too many guns or the right type of guns available at The Washington Navy Yard have very little bearing on the tragedy that took place at that facility. I’ll set forth the proposition that what happened to the twelve shooting victims who died in Washington, DC is not directly related to how our government interprets 2nd Amendment Rights. It relates instead to how poor a return on investment the American People are receiving for our security expenditures.

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    ObamaCare and The Way of The Whig

    The tendency of “Conservative” institutions to gutlessly defend a big-government statis-quo program like ObamaCare can often leave much to be desired. It’s like sending up The Bat Signal and having Ben Afflek respond. It’s like watching The Washington Redskins’ Defense attempt to stop a NFL offense from putting up 30+ points.

    At times I’m left thinking that National Review could shorten their name a wee-tad for the sake of brevity, and continue peddling boilerplate Leftism under the masthead “The Nation.” Give or take an occasional copyright infringement suit, I’m not sure readers of this NRO article by Avik Roy would notice much philosophical difference.

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    Federal Workers Make Me Embarassed To Be One Myself: ObamaCare Edition.

    US bureaucrats are not as dumb as they seem. When asked if they wanted Glorious ObamaCare or the plan they had now they choose predictably. The Blog FedSmith is a good read if you work for the government or want better intel on the enemy. They figure prominently in today’s adventure in hypocrisy.

    So anyways; FedSmith asked the obvious and received the obvious answer. Details follow below:

    This week, we asked their views on being included in the new health care exchanges. There is apparently little debate among the federal workforce. Federal employees do not want to be part of the new system. Instead, they prefer to keep their current health plan based on a survey with about 2500 readers responding.

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    Vladamir Putin Owns US Foreign Policy

    Has Barack Obama unofficially resigned? We wouldn’t get that lucky – at least not until he can figure out how the AACA effects his retirement healthcare. It only seems that way because of some White House Mouth of Sauron’s response to Vladimir Putin’s New York Times Op-Ed.

    “That’s all irrelevant,” the White House official said in response. “He put this proposal forward and he’s now invested in it. That’s good. That’s the best possible reaction. He’s fully invested in Syria’s CW disarmament and that’s potentially better than a military strike – which would deter and degrade but wouldn’t get rid of all the chemical weapons. He now owns this*. He has fully asserted ownership of it and he needs to deliver.”

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    Obama’s Syria Speech Shows What We Haven’t Learned From 9/11

    So what can we learn from all this going forward?
    1) Don’t draw a Red Line unless you’ve got a nice “or else” ready if the other guy snorts it up off the floor.
    2) People outside the constraints of Judeo-Christian morality will resort to WMDs, terrorism and anything else if force pays off better than Pacifism.
    3) Military action of too small an order of magnitude to enter into the risk-reward mathematics of a would-be terrorist will only piss them off instead of deterring them.

    President Obama failed all three of these lessons. As long as our nation remains this ignorant of the lessons of 9/11, we can expect more terrorism. It works like Hell.

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    Diary of A Climate Science Denialist: Global Cooling Skeptic Edition

    I’m soooo scared! Game over, Man. Game over. It’s done. Stick a fork in it and serve it with pickles and onions. Repent and stew in your hangovers for the hour is rightously nigh! Global cooling is the 5th Horseman of the Apocolies. The Earth has no fever. It has hypothermia the impending Maunder Minimum instead. Blessed Gea has blue goosebumps. Or not….

    America’s leading Climate Scientologists practice intellectual inquiry with the proximate rigor that Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show went after the elusive cure for cancer. These people started in the 1990’s with The Hockey Stick Curve and The Earth having a fever. The Canadian Pop-Band Smashmouth sang to us about we might as well be walking on the sun. Reality cast it’s veto and then the warmist arguments degraded to hiding the decline and doing “The Nature Trick.” Now we get The Great Global Cooling Scare of 2013.

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    Many Miles Away From Syria

    More Scary Than Bashir Al-Assad We can lay the viper-struck waste that is Syria aside for the nonce. Unless the House of Representatives holds an epic fold, we aren’t going to Syria with Congressional authorization. If we currently have 187 Neas, 33 Yeas and 215 Undecideds, a 435 vote session should end up about 290 Nea to 145 Yea. Also, we | Read More »

    Hammer’s Slammers and Secretary Kerry

    Science Fiction Novelist David Drake wrote a long series of novels about a future mercenary band called Hammer’s Slammers. If the price was right and the planet was within reach, you too could hire your very own column of armored vehicles to rearrange the terrain to something that better suited your personal tastes. Our present leadership in Washington, DC isn’t that crass and won’t be funding NASA quite enough to make that happen. Yet Secretary of State John Kerry made a comment to the US Senate that makes me wonder if our venal national leadership isn’t travelling that road in its hopes to get their Syrian adventure approved by a balking and angry Congress.

    You see, Secretary of State Kerry was attempting to get people to stop worrying about the cost of all the ordnance and OPTEMPO required to bomb targets spread throughout Syria. So he uncorked some comments that made me think he was a character from one of David Drake’s old pulp military sci-fi novels. Unless he was committing the Mother of All Gaffes, I’m now less worried about Syria than I am about how we intend to finance it.

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    James Carville is Still Blaming Bush

    It’s a tougher job these days, but James Carville still mans his post. He spins for the Democratic Administration. It matters not what that administration does or what he has to say in order to stay on point. James Carville spins for the Dems. His latest project involves spinning away the profound unpopularity of Barack Obama’s proposal to fire rockets and bombs at Syria for using chemical weapons to quash a rebellion against Bashir Al-Assad’s despotism. He shows the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of his bosses by doing what a Dem does when they run out of viable ideas: he blames George W. Bush.

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    The Clausewitz of Columbia Has Modern Problems In Syria

    The 1981 Slap-stick Comedy Film Modern Problems featured an exorcism scene. It involved a woman who was supposed to be a Caribbean Witch-Doctor and the main character, Max Fielder, that everyone had come to believe was possessed by demons. She stared down Fielder and the dialogue below ensued.

    Dorita: Now, we can do this easy, or we can do it rough. These is knuckles you is looking at.
    Max Fielder: [in demonic voice] Your mama.

    America is blessed with a Secretary of State John Kerry who dialogues at somewhat higher levels of discourse. This is good, because Bashir Assad’s charming and delightful son has posted the following to his Facebook page.

    “They may have the best army in the world, maybe the best airplanes, ships, tanks than ours, but soldiers? No one has soldiers like the ones we do in Syria,” the post’s author wrote of the United States military. “America doesn’t have soldiers, what it has is some cowards with new technology who claim themselves liberators.”

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    Are The US And Russia Back At It Again?

    I don’t see any overarching national interest being defended by our intent to strike Syria. I don’t see any humanitarian objective that it will truly favor. I think it is a waste of time, a waste of resources and a dubious waste of innocent life. I stand with the 91%* against this poorly-conceived and almost churlish intent to fire off lots of cool ordnance. The only question I have left is “Why in the heck are we even doing it?”

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    Oberlin Invents Witches to Continue Their Moral Crusade Against Witchcraft.

    You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep seated need to believe.

    -Carl Sagan

    When Celebrity-Physicist Carl Sagan wrote The Demon-Haunted World, he decried the proliferation of psuedoscientific and faith-based arguments used to decide arguments of the day. While Sagan approached this problem Left and worried primarily about issues such as Nuclear Weapons proliferation and environmental degradation, he did make a few interesting points about approaching faith-based claims with an intelligent skepticism. Following Dr. Sagan’s advice would have done wonders for the current reputation of both Slate Magazine and the once highly-regarded Oberlin College.

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    “Not Familiar” With The Christopher Lane Killing?

    If President Barack Obama had a son he may well look like the guy who blew a hole in Australian Christopher Lane because he was “bored.” Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller describes the senseless killing below.

    James Edwards, 15, Chancey Luna, 16, and Michael Jones, 17, have all been charged as adults in Lane’s death. Lane, a 22 year-old student from Melbourne, was out for a jog last Friday evening when the three teens began following him in a car and shot him “just for the fun of it,” according to Duncan officials.

    Soon after the horrible Trayvon Martin shooting, there was a generous 20% off sale on Obama 2012 College-style Hooded Sweatshirts. (AKA “Hoodies.”). Amping up the racial outrage was seen as a ticket to getting strong Obama supporters to fill coffers and flood the polls. To what extent that worked has never been mathematically evaluated. I only point out that The Obama Campaign’s merchandising team was Johnnie-On-The-Spot after George Zimmerman shot Martin. As for Christopher Lane, the White House Propaganda Flack is “not familiar” with the event.

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    The Moral Dilemma of Syria: Heart and Mind Go To War

    A lot of really bad things are being done in Syria. People are eating people. People are possibly gassing other people the way an entomologist gets rid of a hive of bugs. If over 1,300 really died from a gas attack in Ghouta, Syria, this would be the most widespread use of toxic gas against civilians since before the US Military overthrew Saddam Hussein. This would morally motivate us to make this madness stop. We don’t want to rewind and replay the Rwandan Massacre. But on the other hand, could we stop this and should we stop it?

    To determine if we could stop this we should first figure out what set of actions would create a set of conditions necessary and sufficient to ending the barbarism currently rife throughout Syria. To determine if we should engage in these activities requires us to weigh the unavoidable evil and long term damage to American interests that would result from our involvement in another Middle Eastern Civil War. Figuring these two things out could empower us to make the proper decision as to whether to conquer Syria*, manipulate events in Syria**, or to stay out of this mess*** and perhaps duck all negative externalities.

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