Saturday, November 15, 2008
Last week, after the convictions of three shreds of human debris responsible for the death of a 17-month old toddler, Peter Connolly (Baby P), who expired in the abject shame of a blood-soaked cot with a broken back, we witnessed governmentalism for what it is: Pass the buck, run the firgures on a spreadsheet, slap it on a powerpoint, hold a news conference, proclaim victory, and hold on to that wonderful tax-payer funded pay cheque.
What else do we learn about this sordid, and highly increasingly governmental, failure:
A sister of Baby P, the 17-month-old boy killed while under the protection of Haringey social services, was allegedly seriously abused despite also being on the council’s "at risk" register.
This site never seeks perfection. Seeking competency, always.
NASA plans to double the size of the space station crew from three members to six next year. The shuttle carries two new sleeping compartments and a water recycling system that will enable the crew to purify urine and other wastewater for drinking.
"We did blind taste tests of the water," said NASA's Bob Bagdigian, the system's lead engineer. "Nobody had any strong objections. Other than a faint taste of iodine, it is just as refreshing as any other kind of water."
"I've got some in my fridge," he added. "It tastes fine to me."
Friday, November 14, 2008
It's the European self image, and it's all about the warm-fuzzies found in free-riding and feeling good about having all kinds of fine principals that you proceed to ignore. Like human rights, security risks, and doing things that actually are good for the environment, or anything else for that matter.
When Europeans talk about "multilateralism," they typically don't mean agreeing on a common policy to carry out together. They mean defaulting global security to the United Nations, where Russian and Chinese vetoes curtail effective action. At best, multilateralism à la Paris and Berlin is short for European approval for where and how Americans may intervene around the world.
The Continent's free-riding on U.S. security while criticizing the way that security is provided predates the Bush Administration and will outlive it. President Bush has mainly provided Europeans with an excuse for refusing the kind of cooperation they'd rather not provide anyway. Mr. Obama has promised a multilateral surge of troops into the Afghanistan-Pakistan front. He may find, like Mr. Bush, that most of those troops will have to be American.
- from the Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it.The writer never thought (s)he would be able to experience what the ordinary, moral German felt in the mid-1930s (danke schön zu Larwyn).
…now we have elected a man no one knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla, Alaska. All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment, and everything we learn about him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary (Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh of course. The media would never play that for you over and over and then demand he answer it. Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe is more imporant.)
Mr. Obama’s winning platform can be boiled down to one word: change.
I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now.
Having spent most of the past five years living and working in a very hot war-zone, your very humble co-host has seen and experienced some not so pleasant things, so be it.
That being said it is quite difficult to fathom, read, or comprehend this story in London (Haringey) regarding the long-standing torture and murder of a 17-month old child, Baby P . The long-standing torture and murder carried out by his "mother", Tracey Connolly, his "step-father", Stephen Barker, and his "step-uncle", Jason Barker (Owen).
Quite unbelieveable why these absolute shreds of human debris can not be named by the media. We just did, fuck 'em. Along with the governmental response.
Please do not waste your time thinking about these three shreds, think about the 17-month old they tortured and murdered, Peter Connolly .... Baby P .
Update: The BBC has 404'd their related links above. Courtesy of Google, the cache version of the original BBC article from August 2007 which names the murderers.
If forced to choose, would you rule in favor of the rights of sea mammals against a (nonexistent) threat or in favor of the safety of the United States fleet — and, therefore, of the country?
In the European Union, carrots must be firm but not woody, cucumbers must not be too curved and celery has to be free of any type of cavity. This was the law, one that banned overly curved, extra-knobbly or oddly shaped produce from supermarket shelves.So, relaxing 100 pages of legislation that "never" existed. Gosh, who knew?
But in a victory for opponents of European regulation, 100 pages of legislation determining the size, shape and texture of fruit and vegetables have been torn up. On Wednesday, EU officials agreed to axe rules laying down standards for 26 products, from peas to plums.
One assumes that after reading this:
Advocates for the nation's automakers are warning that the collapse of the Big Three -- or even just General Motors -- could set off a catastrophic chain reaction in the economy, eliminating up to 3 million jobs and depriving governments of more than $150 billion in tax revenue.That any reader would have a slight reptillian flicker and recall the exact same wording used as a reason for the banking bailout in September.
One assumes after reading this:
"We've got to do this because the cost of inaction is so high to communities, to workers, to companies," said Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio. He was among many lawmakers worried that an industry collapse would be devastating for everything from school districts to small businesses.That any reader would think, "Why does this politician care so much?" Possible answers: humanitarian, economist, statesman, keeper of the people ....... not quite:
If the industry failed, among the hardest-hit communities would be Lordstown, Ohio, a village of 3,600 people about 50 miles east of Cleveland that has been home to a GM factory since 1966.Ahhh, so it might just be a vote-getting ploy.
One assumes after reading this:
A study by the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor estimated that the failure of Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. would eliminate up to 3 million jobs, including those at parts suppliers and smaller businesses that rely on the automakers.That any reader would take a spin around the Center for Automotive Research website to see what their bag is and who funds that bag (a'la Exxon funds all global-warming debunk reports). Sadly, no such financial information on the site. One can assume the Big Three give a few bucks to the non-profit organisation. A vested interest?
One assumes after reading this:
State, local and federal governments would lose more than $150 billion in tax revenue over three years, the study said.That any reader would see the true attention-getting aspects of the CAR report. Assuming the CAR report is entirely correct, the 3 million unemployed is one thing to try and get political attention (as well as possible future funding all around). It is the loss of more than 150 billion USD in tax revenue which really is designed to grap the political types by the lapel and say "the goodie bag will be a lot slimmer (as well as possible future non-funding all around)".
One assumes after reading this:
David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research, said Detroit is losing money now because it has too many factories making more vehicles than the market is buying.That any reader would also need to be told that grass is green and beer makes you drunk, a truly blinding revelation.
Maybe I am the only one who knows about this type of thing and how it works. I just assumed everyone else did as well.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Saturday in front of Berlin's Brandenburg gate, there was a retread of the kind of dope-palooza that one sees rather more frequently in places infected by French social though, such as people in Belgium striking over the cost of living as if the global commodities market was listening.
The usual amusement included home-made sandwich-board signs about how "without weapons sales, the rich could not exist" and "capitalism is failed" as if socialism ever succeeded.
Onward to a new REAL Socialism AT LAST!
This is where it gets funny. The people holding that banner (comforting to some, and menacing to anyone with any brains and memory) – is within 10 feet of the curb where the fence of the Berlin wall whipped around. The banneristas are standing in the narrowest extension of the famous death strip so loved by the happy smurfy people who in large part, were resigned to being imprisoned in and by the thing they're so adamant about making "real" "at last."
It seemed pretty damn real the first time.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. on Wednesday announced a major shift in the thrust of the $700 billion financial rescue program, at the same time joining several agencies in prodding banks to speed up the thaw in the country's credit system.Or was it all just a bait-and-switch routine?
Paulson said the $700 billion would not be used to buy up troubled mortgage-related securities, as the rescue effort was originally conceived, but would, instead, be used in a broader campaign to help financial markets and, in turn, make loans, including car and student loans, more accessible for creditworthy borrowers.
German Minister Cautions Against Rise of Right in Time of CrisisIs there ever caution called for against the rise of the Left in times of crisis?
Interesting to note that even a German publication gets the whole left/right thing mixed up when it comes to that political movement in the 1920s-1930s.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Funny about all that Europhoria at the election of Barack Obama. The way it starts is that as soon as you respond to someone's question about being an American, they congratulate you. Then they dismissively lecture you after telling them that you didn't vote for the man.
Then, sooner or later, as if they let themselves not live in the third person for a moment, probably after the day's boozing has finally gotten to them, they spew some of the usual racist crap, or if they're sensitive, unwitting racist crap. All of this is, of course, supposed to be regarded as their divine illumination for our benefit.
The rest I leave to Denis Boyles
Le Monde seems to have wisely realized that the entire Obama campaign may have created a sky-high set of expectations that may result in "regrettable disappointments" — especially, the paper warns, if Obama is serious about adding troops to Iraq, or if he puts Europe in an "awkward" situation with Russia by helping Ukraine and Georgia join NATO, or if he slips into protectionism as an economic strategy — and that those who sing his praises loudest now may be howling loudest later.Which along with a new myth which is forthcoming, probably something along the lines of what the CIA that controls AmeriKKKa will not let Obama do to remake us in the image they long since resigned, is the architecture of the next form of underlying hatred they will hold for all 300 million of us. As you know, we'll report – you decide. Further to that Boyles over-estimates the capacity at reason he sees in the "new realists" trying to talk the EUphorics down off of the ledge – their readers would be hard pressed to understand why in America a president could not simply declare socialization of health care, or as virtually everyone whom I've talked to about it seems to find of utmost national import, the doing away with having to fill out declaration forms on airliners entering the US – in other words, and as usual - them, which is the only kind of change they can believe in.
The gist here, if I'm not being clear, is that Le Monde, its readers, its bloggers, its coffee-drinking bureaucrats — the entire population of its small cosmos, in fact — are humming with an intensified version of the fervor that fills the tent just before the evangelist jumps to the pulpit. "With the 44th U.S. president, we reach the highest stage of worship, that accorded to God . . . Obama has already entered the pantheon. Soon, no doubt, he will perform miracles." Soon? Rousseau and Houdart must be kidding — and of course they are. This is meant to be arch humor, but something tells me not everyone gets the joke.Funnier still at the fear of filling out a form, the same people who complain about this seem in abject ignorance their own casual references to "diese Schawrtzer" or the fact that a foreigner living in the EU faces a series of annual reporting requirements at the police station, and any other kind of window they can find. In the abstract, it's more akin to a round the clock rectal exam when you compare it to the "atmosphere" in America that they seem to so readily to whine about.
Nonetheless, they out that mask back on, and repeat what they think they should about the US just as they do in nearly every feature of their own lives as it relates to having an opinion heard by others.
There are only so many ways to say "I love you, Barry," so naturally a certain amount of contrarianism has already set in. Le Monde, in an editorial called "After the Euphoria," tried to dial back the rapture a little by wisely observing that in the election, race had been a secondary issue — at least for white voters — since Obama had been very careful during the campaign not to become "the candidate of blacks." Mostly because he didn't have to, but that's a salient point, since if he had run a campaign based on entitlement, he would have lost —Which is funny, because between calling me a racist for voting McCain, having to listen to their own racism, and their childish inability to realize that race is not shorthand for any sort of ideology that they want it to be, I still wonder why the UR-Europeans can't get a life and stop trying to project their own internal social problems on the way they look at the rest of the world.
[Barack Obama has] accomplished nothing other than to advance his career through rhetoricsays Thomas Sowell (thanks to Frank) as he speaks with Peter Robinson (6:00),
and it reminds me of a sophomore in college who thinks he can change the world because he's never had to run anything.
Un único momento en que los sectores de izquierda alcanzasen el poder en tantos países de América Latina
El presidente brasileño señaló ante el de Cuba, general Raúl Castro, que "en todo el mundo existe una puntita de alegría'' en las mentes de la gente pensando en "cómo sería de bueno que un negro fuera elegido presidente de Estados Unidos''.Thus speaks Brazilian President Lula (gracias to Angela) in Miami's Nuevo Herald, comparing Obama's election (celebrating it, in fact) to the ascension of leftist governments all over Latin America, while visiting the Castros in Havana, and proclaiming that the coming American administration will end the "blockade" of Cuba (it's actually more of an embargo, meaning that other countries are not prevented from enjoying trade rapports with the island, meaning in turn that the responsibility for Cuba's dire conditions can in no way be imputed to the "Great Satan"). (By the way: why is it, again, that the Miami Herald and its Spanish version have lost so many subscriptions in the past few years?)
El presidente brasileño, Luiz Inácio, Lula da Silva, afirmó hoy que la elección del demócrata Barack Obama como presidente de Estados Unidos sería como la suya y la de otros líderes de izquierda de Suramérica, y que el próximo gobierno norteamericano acabará el "bloqueo'' a Cuba.
"De la misma manera que Brasil eligió a un metalúrgico, Bolivia a un indígena [Evo Morales], Venezuela a [Hugo] Chávez y Paraguay a un obispo [Fernando Lugo], creo que será una cosa extraordinaria si en la mayor economía del mundo un negro es elegido presidente'', dijo Lula en La Habana.
Monday, November 10, 2008
The Chicago crowd knows that Obama is the obedient servant of one of the most squalid and unshakeable political machines in America
The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisationquips Peter Hitchens (cheers to Larwyn).
At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.
I really don’t see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.
…Proper books, recording his sordid associates, his cowardly voting record, his astonishingly militant commitment to unrestricted abortion and his blundering trip to Africa, are little-read and hard to find.
…Perhaps, being a Chicago crowd, [his admiring audience] knew some of the things that 52.5 per cent of America prefers not to know. They know Obama is the obedient servant of one of the most squalid and unshakeable political machines in America. They know that one of his alarmingly close associates, a state-subsidised slum landlord called Tony Rezko, has been convicted on fraud and corruption charges
…From now on, the rough boys and girls of America’s Democratic Party apparatus, many recycled from Bill Clinton’s stained and crumpled entourage, will crowd round him, to collect the rich spoils of his victory and also tell him what to do, which is what he is used to.
…the Mexicans, Salvadorans and the other Third World nationalities … grasped the real significance of this moment. They knew it meant that America had finally switched sides in a global cultural war. Forget the Cold War, or even the Iraq War. The United States, having for the most part a deeply conservative people, had until now just about stood out against many of the mistakes which have ruined so much of the rest of the world.
…And now the US, like Britain before it, has begun the long slow descent into the Third World. How sad. Where now is our last best hope on Earth?
Sunday, November 09, 2008
The fear however is that the world now becomes very much less safe for all of us as a result [of] a watershed election which changes the fate of the worldwrites The Spectator's Melanie Phillips (gracias para Luís Afonso).
Those of us who have looked on appalled during this most frightening of presidential elections – at the suspension of reason and its replacement by thuggery -- can only hope that the way this man governs will be very different from the profile provided by his influences, associations and record to date. It’s a faint hope – the enemies of America, freedom and the west will certainly be rejoicing today.
…What this election tells us is that America voted for change because America is in the process of changing – not just demographically by becoming less white and more diverse, but as the result of a culture war in which western civilisation is losing out to a far-left agenda which has become mainstream, teaching American children to despise the founding values of their country and hijacking discourse by the minority power-grab of victim-culture.
The reaction of conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic to this undoubted change – not just in the US but in Britain too – shows the intellectual disarray caused by these profound developments. They say politicians must stop trying to hold the cultural line and go instead with the flow of change. In Britain, the Tory party has adopted this strategy. Now there are Republicans saying the same thing.But John McCain is a Republican who does not fit the old template, who does subscribe to some of this ‘change’ agenda on a number of issues. As a result, he was incapable of attacking Obama on the most important grounds of all: that he stood for values inimical to America’s founding principles. When he did venture into this territory, it was half-cocked and far too late, appearing merely like the desperate throw of a loser.
…So now we are promised a change in America’s fundamental values. And they really will be changed. Obama has said in terms that he thinks the US constitution is flawed. America’s belief in itself as defending individual liberty, truth and justice on behalf of the free world will now be expiated instead as its original sin. Those who have for the past eight years worked to bring down the America that defends and protects life and liberty are today ecstatic. They have stormed the very citadel on Pennsylvania Avenue itself.
Millions of Americans remain lion-hearted, decent, rational and sturdy. They find themselves today abandoned, horrified, deeply apprehensive for the future of their country and the free world. No longer the land of the free and the home of the brave; they must now look elsewhere.
…what would Rahm Emanuel do if he had Congressman John Boehner's job as House Minority Leader?asks James G. Wiles in the the Bulletin.
That's easy. Put as many long-range torpedoes into the water aimed at Senator Obama's ship of state before Republicans lose control of the Executive Branch as possible. Here are a few:
File ethics complaints against Sen. Chris Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank for their relationship with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Countrywide Mortgage.
- Appoint U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzpatrick as a special prosecutor so he can pursue his investigation of Tony Rezko and his corrupt dealings with Illinois's governor and other creatures and spoilsmen of the Daley Machine. This will make it politically difficult for a President Obama to pardon Mr. Rezko and impossible for him to terminate Mr. Fitzpatrick as a federal officer come January 21 as a way of de-railing this investigation.
- Appoint a special prosecutor to investigate ACORN's voter registration methods and its dealings with the Obama campaign.
- Appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Obama campaign's on-line fundraising operation, including its disabling of the credit card security software on its on-line donations system. File a complaint with the Federal Election Commission regarding same.
- Appoint a bipartisan (love that word!) presidential commission to review the candidates' fundraising in this election cycle and to recommend changes in federal election laws.
Be it noted that, in his day, this is probably what Newt Gingrich would have done, too. It was then-Congressman Gingrich's persistent filing of ethics complaints against then-House Speaker Jim Wright, D Texas, which eventually brought Speaker Wright down and made possible the Republicans' re-taking of Congress in 1994 on the platform of the Contract with America.
Barack Obama is the antithesis of King's dream: He's a man judged by the color of his skin rather than the content of his character
"It's been tough, fellow Patriots; tough to stomach the idea that more than half of my fellow citizens who vote, have booted a genuine American hero to the curb for a rudderless charlatan. What a sad indictment on our citizenry that some are so eager to overlook his myriad flaws -- his radical roots, his extreme liberalism, his utter lack of experience or achievement. Barack Obama is the antithesis of King's dream: He's a man judged by the color of his skin rather than the content of his character. If it's God's will that Barack Obama is our next president, then so be it. We Patriots will pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and wade back to the war front, intent on liberty or death."— quoted by Mark Alexander
The loan that made up the difference, with closing costs, broker’s fee, taxes and insurance, meant a monthly bill of $1,873.96, about $100 less than her monthly take-home pay as an administrative assistant.Hope re-defined:
"I was hoping I would get a second job. I was hoping for a Prince Charming. I was just hoping things would get better," she said."Hope" in one hand and do something else in the other, see which one fills-up quicker. Of course if that "something else" is having the government pick the pocket of a more responsible citizen you may be in luck.
It is always the daggers from your own-side that hamstring you the most. Witness attempts to do everything (something ...... ANYTHING!) which of course will end in nothing (right or wrong) writ venti large:
Mr. Obama repeated on Saturday that his first priority would be an economic recovery program to get the nation’s business system back on track and people back to work. But advisers said the question was whether they could tackle health care, climate change and energy independence at once or needed to stagger these initiatives over time.Attempts to be all things to all people = 0.
If your attempt is to woo all left-handed persons not married over the age of forty who have a pre-condition which does not allow them to have right-handed twins yet they compost pile and do not utilise the stand-by function on any electronic computer component as well as adhere to the stricture of not buying food products not produced within a home radius of 2.67 kilometers while at the same time eschewing all manufatured clothing in lieu of hemp-based under-garments, you will precis make a "difference" in the life of a left-handed person not married and over the age of forty who has a pre-condition which does not allow them to have right-handed twins yet have a compost pile and do not utilise the stand-by function on any electronic computer component as well as adhere to the stricture of not buying food products not produced within a home radius of 2.67 kilometers while at the same time eschewing all manufatured clothing in lieu of hemp-based under-garments.
Does the urgency of "doing something" (that in reality is governmentalist nothingness) matter that much?
The answer to a governmentalist is, YES!™ ................... of course.
From time to time an article is viewed in which the abject nothingness is beyond overwhelming. Such as this tripe from that former presidential candidate Al Gore. Take your pick from this derelique article of pronouncements. Personal fave, noted:
Translation from that speak of politique:
"What happened in the election opens a full new range of possibilities and now is the time to really move swiftly to exploit these new possibilities," Gore said of turning the power of the Internet to cooling global warming.
"Now is the time to really move swiftly to exploit these new possibilities before people actually think about and look into the issues and realize that what we are peddling is absolute horse-squeeze."