The Egyptian Revolution Starts Devouring Its Children
There’s nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight
(The Who, “Won’t Get Fooled Again”)
This won’t be a Facebook Revolution. It will be more Falò delle vanit. The people of Egypt are not demanding Modernity. They are not demanding Cafe Americano at Starbucks. They are rejecting the ongoing erosion of their culture to the point of unleashing a Thermodorian Reaction against what Francis Fukayama refered to as The End of History. If Muhammad Morsi was The Neitzchean Last Man, the Egyptian people demand a do-over. Entropy trumps Darwin until absolute zero is reached.
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Does Sarah Palin Have A Point?
Does Sarah Palin have a point? She’s point guard; she’s got to have a point! Joking aside, yes, she does. And furthermore, she’s also reached a point – a point of total and complete frustration. “If the GOP is a Conservative Party, why in the Sam Heck doesn’t it actually act like Conservatives want it to?” She probably demands in anger. I can’t blame the lady. I’ve felt like asking the same thing myself.
I’ll concede Sarah’s anger has a valid gravamen. I don’t identify as a Republican so that it can get me hooked up at the club. I expect that real patriots will speak hard truths to stupid voters. The republic demands better than extend and pretend. It’s not just going to be OK in ten years. The Valley Forge Patriot won’t go along with fiascoes like the Gang of Eight Comprehensive Amnesty Reform so that Barack Obama will very publically pat him on his ofay, finely-coiffed head. So the correct question to ask here would be. “Is she doing anything constructive with said emotions when she talks about founding a 3rd Party to challenge both The Democrats and The GOP?”
To get a sense of that, it helps to draw historical analogies to past situations that were similar. Up until 1912, Theodore Roosevelt considered himself a good Republican. Then William Howard Taft defeated him for the 1912 Presidential nomination. Roosevelt then went 3rd Party, forming The Progressive Party*.
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Egypt, America and Revolutionary War
People Who Care Win Battles “A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” Mao Tse-Tung (HT: Goodreads.com) I do not | Read More »
Cultural Decline And The United States Supreme Court
First Law of Thermodynamics: You can’t win.
Second Law of Thermodynamics: You can’t break even.
Third Law of Thermodynamics: You can’t stop playing.
(HT: Business Insider)
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Our illustrious United States Supreme Court reminded us why this joke describes not only Thermodynamics, but also the life of a traditionalist in Post-modern America. We see this exemplified in the recent two decisions regarding homosexual marriage in The United States.
Dr. Salamishah Tillah Links Late-Term Abortion Bans and White Supremacy
I’ll show more fairness to Dr. Salamishah Tillah than she seems to show to an entire demographic of the US population. She teaches English at The University of Pennslyvania. She does not teach logic. This is fortunate, as we peruse a logical syllogism she offered us while recently and malevolently speaking the English Language. According to Dr. Tillah, we are able to make the following epistemological claim.
(Pro-Life) ^ (Caucasian) ^ (Male) →(White Supremacist).
According to Dr. Tillah, these gibbering White Supremacists consider the womb of the Caucasian persuasion a valuable logistical asset in the interminable race war that is Post-modern America. This is because we all know that a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy would only prevent white abortuaries from running at the efficient economic scale of a Chevron refinery. You see, abortion clinics cater overwhelmingly to wealthy, white customers…Oh, Wait!
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After The Gold Rush IV: Fear Not The Latent Unpleasantness. Fear The Pain-Killer Instead
Kicking the metaphorical Mr. Brownstone of QE is also necessary for the United States to ever redevelop the economic power that we once enjoyed. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke may be pitching his last inning, but he said the right thing when he announced that The Fed would taper the rate at which it shelled out QE. As you can read below, that will be hard. Here’s what Mr. Bernanke got as a reward for speaking the truth to a gaggle of easy money addicts yesterday.
STOCKS GETTING SLAMMED — INTEREST RATES SPIKING — COMMODITIES CRUSHED — GOLD AND SILVER TANKING, The LIBOR Of China Is Going Totally Ballistic, Market Bloodbath In Brazil, and you’d better have a GOOD Plan ready, because Night Wolf is Eating The Moon Virgin! Now I can’t quite verify that last one, but it’s not a good day to check in and take a peek at the Ye Olde Mutual Funds.
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Scientism, Despotism, Blackmail and The New Carbon Dioxide Regulations
Well, well, well. The Obama Administration is preparing to declare war. No, no you Nervous Nellies, not on Syria. That will be a collective police action where we help Al Qaida by leading from behind. This will be an all-out frontal assault. A veritable Pickett’s Charge of the Paper-cut Rangers. President Barack Obama is out to slay
Man-made Cooling, Global Warming, Climate Change once and for all. According to the always entertaining Henry Waxman, it involves his legacy.
“This is an important issue to the president. It’s a question of his legacy,” said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Five years from now, people will be talking about what the Obama administration did on climate change, not entitlements or the deficit or whatever they are talking about now. Because climate change is here and real, and we have to address it.”
Of course there will be travails before we carve this great and lion-hearted President’s
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smirking benevolent visage into the hard, enduring granite of Mount Rushmore. But if Congress won’t act to protect future generations, Barack Obama will. He currently proposes to issue a new regulation in July that would limit source emissions from Power Generation Facilities to 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour.
Tags: Clean Air Act
, Climate Change
, Henry Waxman
, Power Generation
Has The Prudent Man Lost His Mind in Post-modern America?
Amidst the buzzwords, bull-feke and innumerable” Powerpoint masterpiece” slides, you will find a kernel of indisputable truth in the Lean Six Sigma pile of pony poop. Take any process with random variation affix its mean result to an acceptable value and then limit variations to the point where they are miniscule. This will yield a consistent and reliable acceptable result that people can trust and store value in. It works best in the mechanized environment of the modern fabrication plant but it can be and has been applied to numerous environments across at least two centuries of history* with a reasonable likelihood of success. This was true because there was always an identifiable standard by which we could tell what right looked like.
If you are fortunate enough to have read The Metaphysical Club** by Louis Menand, then you are well aware of one man’s attempt to apply a primitive version of Lean Six Sigma to Jurisprudential Thought. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes was heavily influenced by Charles Darwin’s Origin of The Species. In this book Darwin famously argues that natural variations occur in a random pattern from a pre-established mean and that the most suitable adaptations enable an organism to out-reproduce similar organisms with less effective mutations. Another influence on Holmes’ legal views was the outcome of an 1830 court case Harvard College vs Armory. This case was one of the first adjudicated through application of The Prudent Man Rule which roughly reads as stated below.
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Constance Cafavy And Comprehensive Amnesty Reform
Our cognitive block here is the assumption that all people are equal, which means “identical” in the common parlance, and thus that we can just replace a whole bunch of our people with others and everything will be fine. Even more, however, I think our people want to be replaced. They want to die. Just not now, but they want to know they destroyed this society. Because they hate it. They hate it for being weak, for being in a state of dying, for being a hateful place that sucks them in and makes them whores to money with no greater purpose.
America has a significant and over-arching problem. A problem that explains the flaccid economy and the dystopic dysfunction that is Bulletmore, Murderland or Chicago, ILLinois. It’s a problem that a very smart and evil man-spider named Charles Schumer has figured out and that a very ambitious and amoral man name Marco Rubio suffers from as he seeks to acquire more power and dominance. It’s a problem that arises when a civilization spends itself out and doesn’t understand and believe that it has a purpose beyond being a giant pez-dispenser of goodies to a clamoring populace. We are a nation that no longer believes that it holds any particular special moral high ground and the immigration debate in Congress is just another attempt to either fix this problem or make it go away.
Schumer, Rubio and the rest of the Gang of 8 seek to make the problem go away. If you have a population that you believe sucks and can’t cut it in the modern world, you can solve this problem two ways. You can upgrade this populace and seek to improve them as human beings, or you can hose them out the way Hercules cleaned the Augean Stables and replace them with harder workers. Senator Rubio explains below.
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The IRS, The NSA and Comprehensive Amnesty Reform All Tie Together In a Very Nasty Way.
Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide believe it is likely the NSA data will be used by other government agencies to harass political opponents. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 30% consider it unlikely and 14% are not sure.
The government claims it will keep Americans safe. It says it will do so by establishing the most extensive data surveillance system in human history. It also pushes hard to pass Comprehensive Amnesty Reform. Our political leaders seem deliberately blind to this obvious contradiction.
Then, on top of the obvious epistemological blindness of building a security state with open borders, they make it worse by knowingly and deliberately unleashing the IRS on their political opponents like an underfed pack of Dobermans. All of this makes the true values of the current administration apparent. Keeping you down is far more important than keeping you secure.
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Julian Assange Had A Point
By now, we’ve all gone through the mourning period requisite to accept that any privacy we expected to have as American Citizens is dead. The War on Terror killed it. In a sense, Osama Bin Laden won. He’s spiking the football down in hell as we speak. If he hated us for our freedoms, he should lighten up a bit and chill. Those freedoms are increasingly becoming non-existent – a casualty of war so to speak.
The recent revelations of Edward Snowden, even if partially inflated by bravado and imagination, suggest that everything I’ve written above is the sad truth about Post-modern America. We are increasingly becoming The Orwell State.
And the people wielding all the special powers we enacted to fight The War on Terror still wield them without any let-up. They wield them without let-up right after they announced the war was coming to an end. So if the GWOT is over and done with, who does the administration consider the enemy? Or worse yet, does the administration even feel the need for an enemy? Do they consider the police state a naturally justifiable equilibrium? All of these questions above are fine and dandy for batting around the dorm hall amidst a cloud of epistemological bong smoke. If you don’t like the answers to any of the questions I’ve posited then here’s the only question that matters: what do you intend to do about it? Glen Greenwald offers one response below.
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Welcome To The American Orwell State
If we don’t end the emerging American Orwell State, Francis Fukayama and the Dead Kennedys both could be tragically correct. History may well end, and it could end with Bedtime For Democracy. What Fukayama got right is that Western governments would emerge with hegemony over the rest of the world due to their advantages in wealth, culture and technology. What he got wrong was that they would use these advantages to stifle their own citizenry through the formation of what George Orwell described as Oligarchical Collectivism.
To properly assure the uncontested hegemony of an Inner Party Elite, all information must be controlled and censored. How else can both Google and the noble, all-knowing state assure themselves that we’ll do no evil? Well, according to The Washington Post (and other officially official sources within the Ministry of Truth), we no longer need to worry about that.
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The Government Lied And Privacy Died.
It was a sad day within the comfy confines of the K-Street confab. It seems as though the Juicebox Mafia ran out of boxes before poor Ron Fourier could enjoy one of his own. He wrote as if he had been betrayed in the National Journal.
Despite his clear and popular promises to the contrary, President Obama has not shifted the balance between security and freedom to a more natural state—one not blinded by worst fears and tarred by power grabs. If anything, things have gotten worse.
• Killing civilians and U.S. citizens via drone.
• Seizing telephone records at the Associated Press in violation of Justice Department guidelines.
• Accusing a respected Fox News reporter of engaging in a conspiracy to commit treason for doing his job.
• Detaining terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, despite promises to end the ill-considered Bush policy.
Or it could be that Ron Fournier had an honest concern dating back to the fateful signing of The USA Patriot Act in 2001. He’s not alone and he’s a man of honor for continuing that concern after his team captured the flag atop The White House. These concerns came to a head when The UK Guardian reported that The FBI had used Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act to justify seizing every phone record from Verizon under a secret order issued in April. According to the Washington Post, the order requires the company to hand these records over to the NSA in a Daily dump.
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When The State Plays God Someone Lives and Someone Dies
The Fundamental Problem of Economics states that people with infinite demands will attempt to meet those demands with limited resources. This predictably fails. The best we can hope for is what is called a Pareto Optimal solution where you pretty much do the best you can with what you have. Much of the debate between boosters of command economies and free market economies centers on how a society works towards getting more to dole out and a Pareto Optimal distribution of what they have.
The socialists in Venezuela solve this problem by rationing. They ration food. The socialists in America solve this problem by rationing. They ration donated organs available for transplant. This can lead to heart-breaking and intractable dilemmas in which there is no answer that maximizes everybody’s happiness. In just such a dilemma, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius learned just how hard a job it was to be queen.
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Scandals, Evidence And The Reverend Al Sharpton
Hypocrite It would appear Al Sharpton has turned over a new fig leaf these days. He now wants people who accuse others of wrongdoing to actually provide evidence. He now worries about the precedents that get set by false accusations. He hypocritically opines below. “The precedent that it would set for them to just bully an Attorney General out of office | Read More »