7 February 2013
Dictator, Humor, Kim Jong Il, The Producer, Tumblr
In a The Producers line of darkish comedic genius, I would like to give a shout out to the Tumblr: Kim Jong Il Looking At Things.
America has certainly proven sanctions can’t hurt dictators much like sticks and stones can’t break bones. But my goodness, the humor is both cathartic to the soul and death to the fascist’s legacy.
17 January 2013
Barack Obama, Colin Powell, George W. Bush, Mali, Middle East, Mitt Romney
Buyer’s remorse? Another morsel of proof that Romney was perhaps the better choice? An aha! towards the naysayers?
A yes to any or all of those questions. And more to questions I don’t care to bother to think up. Big deal about Romney’s quip during the final presidential debate last year that proves he was right about what is now happening in Mali.
Anyone with half a brain could have seen this coming. They could have seen everything that’s happened in the last decade. The last twenty years. The last near-century since we decided to prop up Near East dictators so we could have access to cheap oil. Bush’s War hasn’t helped the matter either. Colin Powell was right at least on this point – that if you break it you have to put it back together. Well, we broke Iraq and our wise politi-crats in Washington still have no idea how to put it back together. Personally speaking, unless Islam goes through a fundamental ideological change, or the region’s religion coverts to something else, nothing will change except for which of the strongest tribes wields power.
I have a hard time understanding how Bush 43 and his Circus Administration wholly ignored the balance of power between Saddam and Iran. But stupid is as stupid does and stupidity bequeathed to us yet another Imperialist president who likes to foment the hornet’s nest of the Near East. Romney may have correctly assessed the potential for upheaval in Mali but he fell short of the question which begged asking: Why are we in Mali? I dare say we might find the least of wisdom in taking a hard look at the Washington Administration. I propose closing down all Embassies. Perhaps in the future when we feel we have State issues with a foreign nation, we should send an entourage over with a clear and specific purpose. Doing so just might save us the headache of yet another American bureaucrat taken hostage and/or killed.
6 January 2013
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Fair Share, Fiscal Cliff, Kentucky, Ohio, Taxes, The Rich
Last weekend I and five of my coworkers pulled four shifts in three and a half days at a warehouse just south of Louisville, Ky.
Needless to say, on the final drive back to southwestern Ohio, conversation briefly revolved around the Fiscal Cliff. I think because one of my coworkers with a fancy do-it-all smrt phone alerted us that the House turned down the initial Senate-passed bill.
Another piped up over the brief conversation about something to the effect of how the rich need to pay their fair share.
So Will, I said, how much is fair?
The same as the rest of us, he replied.
But which rest of us? The bottom fifty percent don’t pay anything! I shot back. Should the rich continue to pay the bulk of the tax bill so the rest of us can not only not pay anything, but also receive a check in the mail with free money? [That second part I wish I had said, but didn't think of it till a few hours later].
To ad to the infinitum of the cliché the issue is not wholly about how much in taxes Washington receives but how much Washington spends. We have the exact opposite problem as that of the 1780′s and -90′s. There is no other word for what Washington has done in the last one hundred years since the Federal Reserve Act was passed other than despicable. They’ve destroyed the money supply and are in the process of enslaving us entirely via “paying our fair share of taxes”.
Will Atlas ever shrug or is Ayn Rand both a false prophet and a horrible writer?
21 December 2012
America, Barack Obama, China, Debt, Foreign Policy, Humor, John Kerry, Military Service, Purple Heart, Secretary Of State
Well. He won three purple hearts.
And shortly he’ll be adding Secretary of State to that list.
If this was 1812 I’d be somewhat nervous that he was being groomed for the Presidency. But it looks like Obama has found a way to keep American foreign policy relevant for the 21st century. Okay, maybe not relevant, but what foreign head of state would want to continue talks when faced with Kerry’s droning tone?
Gosh, maybe if we send Kerry to China for a long enough period, they’ll forgive our debt so long as he’s recalled back to the U.S.
21 December 2012
Government, Opinion, Politics, Uncategorized
Anarchy, David Hume, Fiscal Cliff, grand ol party, Jim DeMint, John Boehner, John Locke, senate democrats, small victory
This is fantastic news.
The Grand Ol’ Party is holding the Speaker accountable rather than it being the other way around. Obviously, the more conservative members of the party are responsible for the intra-party coup-de-tat-lite. But with trillion-plus dollar deficits for each of the last for years, a small victory is a victory nonetheless.
After today, Senate Democrats and the White House are going to have to act on this measure.
If only we could tackle more than one problem at a time. When is Boehner going to realize it is not up to the White House [I'm hoping and assuming he means the President] to initiate legislation? The takeover of the Congress and the legislative process is a far cry higher than sickening. It is at once disturbing and antithetical to what was once termed the grand experiment of this former Republic. For the Executive to trample upon things such as the power to declare war at will is one thing. To essentially hand not only lawmaking, but also the power of the purse to the Executive is perhaps the last nail in the coffin of Republican government.
Not that such possible tragedy goes unknown over time. Always it is a foregone conclusion of the corruptible nature of power. Though this foresight does not make our present age any less melancholy. The purpose of government, our government at least, is decayed and I would argue irredeemable. What that means for the Libertarian tenet of the utmost personal freedom possible is a waning arc towards loss.
Many within the broad spectrum of the Conservative tent [Republicanism through Anarchism] would blame much of the loss of Democratic ideals on the education system. To a small degree they are correct. I think the better path to take is to remember the decaying manner of the human experience. That ideas, in this case, Lockean, Humean etc first corrupt and then are forgotten.
In any case I hope Jim DeMint’s thoughts on Boehner’s Speakership are correct: that the Fiscal Cliff will ultimately cost Boehner his job. There are those of us in Ohio, however few, who understand the Libertarian who ran against Boehner in the 2010 midterm election was the better choice. A Republican who voted for the first Bailout is no Republican at all.