April 17th, 2007

yellow_elephant

That Hard Wilsonianism, it's Hard That Way...

Ok Kampfr's I am reading America At The CrossRoads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy in the paperback, and Gosh, I really feel sorry for Francis Fukuyama since it is a real rough sell trying to explain how one can be a "hard" Wilsonianism, when amongst the requirement is that one abandon the Core Wilsonian Notion that we must be working to create viable League Of Nations as an Actual Alternative to merely more wars.

But hey, in a day and age in which we live with the notion that it is Law, IF and Only IF it is something specifically that the President has not formally actually run away from...

I do so love the NY Sun's take:
If success has a thousand fathers and failure is an orphan, it is no wonder that the number of intellectuals willing to endorse the Iraq war is shrinking fast. For the small but significant camp of pro-war liberals, the decision to support the American invasion of Iraq was always deeply conflicted, a matter of weighing security concerns and humanitarian promise against the dangers of unilateralism and militarism.
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The real man-bites-dog story comes when a self-proclaimed neoconservative, a genuine Middle East hawk, decides that the war was a mistake. That is why Francis Fukuyama's recent New York Times Magazine essay, "After Neoconservatism," created such a stir. Mr. Fukuyama, after all, has long been one of the most prominent neoconservative policy intellectuals. As he writes in "America at the Crossroads" (Yale University Press, 240 pages, $25), the new book from which his essay was excerpted, he has worked or studied with most of the leading neoconservatives, both in and out of government: Paul Wolfowitz, Allan Bloom, William Kristol, Albert Wohlstetter. Most important, he is the author of "The End of History and the Last Man," a book both celebrated and reviled as the classic neoconservative verdict on the Cold War.

[ cf The Tactical Retreat of an Apostate ]
Gosh, those Sinners Must Be Burned At The Stake under the TheoCon Dogma of Kaffir, since any apostate has clearly become a Pawn Of Satan, and must obviously be stabbing the troops in the Back!!!!!

On The Lighter Side there is of course
The fiasco in Iraq was predictable, and so was the defection of Francis Fukuyama from the neo-conservative camp. There have always been two Francis Fukuyamas: the ideologue who elevated the fleeting moment of American supremacy at the end of the Cold War into the end of history, and the sober policy analyst who for many years produced research papers for the Rand Corporation and other think tanks on subjects such as democratic transition in South Africa and the political prospects of the post-Brezhnev Soviet Union. As a realistic analyst, Fukuyama seems always to have harboured doubts about regime change in Iraq, and as the country descended into chaos it was to be expected that the analyst would at some point take over from the ideologue.
[ cf After the Neo-Cons: America at the Crossroads, by Francis Fukuyama ]
But then again the independent has always been a Bastion of Satanic Devil Worshipping God Hating America Bashers who have been actively stabbing the troops in the Back as a core part of their on going efforts to get fresh virgin blood.

I of course HIGHLY recommend the book, if for no other reason than to go through the fun of reading the update to the preface that is the "value add" of getting this book in paper back, as he still tries to act as if there was no real way that anyone really could have taken the sort of time that would have been required to notice that the FruitBats were basically off getting Wakier And Wakier...

It is so not clear if Fukuyama can actually see where he is becoming Ironic, in a comically, giggly, Talk.Bizarre Big Boys Big Blow Out sort of way.

Which I think is probably the worst tragedy in it all.

UPDATE: Scary Thought Here, does the Christian Century Hate Jesus, Or What?
The rats are deserting a sinking ship. The war in Iraq has long divided the American left between antiwar refuseniks and Humvee liberals and split the American right between paleoconservative isolationists, realpolitik realists and neoconservative imperialists. Now the war has begun to shatter the ranks of the neoconservatives themselves—the faction that, above all, gave us this disaster.

The most prominent neoconservative turncoat is Francis Fukuyama, he of the prophecy of an "end to history" and the eventual triumph of liberal democracy—a forecast that played no small part in the neoconservative project of a war to make the Middle East safe for Halliburton and Republican political consultants. America at the Crossroads is his apologia for apostasy.

He has much to regret. Fukuyama, along with such luminaries as Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby, was a founder in 1997 of the Project for the New American Century, whose statement of principles provided the Bush Doctrine of preventive war and coercive regime change with its first draft. Shortly thereafter, he was among those calling upon the Clinton administration to consider military action to topple Saddam Hussein, and then complaining months later when their plea was unavailing.

[ cf Second thoughts
A neocon backs off on Iraq
]
Gosh, things are SOOO Tough All Over....

and for those who may want to forget, the web site Project for the New American Century is still there, the wiki has info at Wiki PNAC and gosh kids, what if we all may have to deal with the ongoing failure to understand the fundamental paradigm shifts since the cold war ended, and all of the kids who kept wanting to Correctly Re-Win The Battle Of Kursk the way it SHOULD have been won, will gosh, have to find some other Sugah Daddy to pay for their Fantasy Free For All...
yellow_elephant

Must Bong Canada.....

Wow!!!!
Students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not, according to a study ordered by Congress.

Also, those who attended one of the four abstinence classes reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes. And they first had sex about the same age as other students — 14.9 years, according to Mathematica Policy Research Inc.
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Bush administration officials cautioned against drawing sweeping conclusions from the study, saying the four programs were some of the very first established after Congress overhauled the nation’s welfare laws in 1996.

Officials said one lesson they learned from the study was that the abstinence message should be reinforced in subsequent years.

[ cf Conclusions Are Reported on Teaching of Abstinence (emphasis mine) ]
Would this be a bad time to talk about science?

Or were we all suppose to simply crank up the volume, because, of course, all True NeoCons, from the one True And Only NeoConClownCarCrew understands that these sorts of Massive Social Engineering ThingiePoohs are not gooder at all....

Besides, as we note, this is from those EVIL RADICAL LEFT WING EXTREMIST Clintonesta from the 90's, unlike the new and Improved TreeHuggerInChiefyPoohPurr...

Gosh kiddies, what if the Author of Freakonomics, see also The Freakonomics Blog, was right, that the really important influence of Roe v. Wade, was decreasing the number of Unstable Elements who would have been forced to come to term, and then grown up in even more unstable homes with people who were not ready to be actual adults in the Modern Post Industrial Society....

Or would that mean, uh, doing the Math, as IF the Math was more important than merely Bong Hitz 4 Jesus.
yellow_elephant

Why Does TheChicago Tribune Hate Jesus???

I mean what Other Sort Of Explanation would explain
When Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee to explain his role in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, it is important to keep in mind that what is really at stake goes far beyond Gonzales' own fate as the country's top law official. At root, this inquiry poses a fundamental question, one that every attorney general in every presidential administration must squarely confront: To whom, or to what interests, does a U.S. attorney -- or, for that matter, any prosecutor -- owe professional loyalty?
[ cf Prosecutors owe loyalty to the public ]
Oh GOD!!!! The Sinister Satanic MicroManaging Of The War President!!!!

Don't they KNOW that the War President Has Special Powers, and that those Special Powers Derive from the Zel Miller Laser Death Ray Eyes, that come with Being the True Manifestation of the Divine Will Revealed!!! And that to have anyone in the Executive Branch who is NOT basking In The Glow Of The Divinity Of Dubya, because they have NOT personally Accepted The Divine Dubya as their Personal Lord And Savior means that the Gay HomoZeXual Marriage ONLY initiative Will Be Forced Down the Throats of White Christian America By The Demonic Forces that Can Not Accept that the Laws of Mere Mortals Can NOT be raised Up Above the Divine Will of the Divinity Of Dubya!!!!

All Hail Great Leader!!!! For He HAS electrolytes....
yellow_elephant

But Should Federal Regulators Regulate???

No Seriously!?! I mean it is one thing for the Supreme's To Sing:
Supreme Court to state regulators: Back off national banks.

That's the message of a 5-3 decision announced Tuesday by the high court in a case involving the mortgage unit of Charlotte, N.C.-based Wachovia (nyse: WB - news - people ), the nation's fourth-largest bank. The Supreme Court upheld a U.S. Appeals Court decision that said state regulators must take a backseat to federal regulators in the oversight of national banks and their operating subsidiaries that engage in bank activities.
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Reacting favorably to the ruling Tuesday, U.S. Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan said, "We will continue to supervise national banks and their subsidiaries to assure that their customers are treated fairly and receive the strong protections available under federal laws and regulations."
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Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg said Tuesday that national banks operating subsidiaries are the jurisdiction of the OCC and "not to the licensing, reporting and visitorial regimes of the several states" in which they operate.

Dissenters included Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin Scalia and John Paul Stevens, who wrote that the OCC's regulation "threatens both the dual banking system and the principal of competitive equality that is its cornerstone."

A spokeswoman for Wachovia said the bank was "pleased" with the ruling.

[ cf State Bank Regulators Told To Back Off (emphasis mine) ]
WOW...

There is supposed to be an appropriate level of Federal Law And Regulation???

That some how is majikally going to be operable in the current Judicial Department Welfare Scam, as we learn that gosh, when one has to find a Job for a friend, and one is Not Wolfowitz at The World Bank, where you have the leverage to wedge them Negroponte Style in to The State Department, One can always get one's Opo Researchers into the Justice Department, to investigate the Enemies of the State...

And that is suppose to make me feeel safer, Uh How???

Sort of "there should be no draft" and watching the Reduction of the Federal, State, and Local military and guard units, being ground down to dust, so that we can 'fight theyThemThoseTypes over there' rather than have any actual, uh, realistical Federal Law or Regulatory Oversite Systems....

Oh, sorry, I was not suppose to mix and match the ongoing fiasco of the "libertarian liberation" wing of the Republican Guard, where there is the need for more of everything, except of course Self Government....

So we can know, with that High Sense of Certainty, that if the "regulators" ever come back into serious Fashion, then the correct ones will go gunning for The New Billy The Kid Bad Guys, as soon as the regulators up and get off of their Overly Patriotic Faces, and actually out of their Pajamas, and into the Combat Gear....

BOY, does that make me feel soooo much safer now...
yellow_elephant

Look For The Union Label....

Now folks, I SOOO Hate to have remind folks, but there are Clear And Compelling Reasons why one Hires A Certified And Qualified Professional to take on one's Personal Contracting Business, since some issues are just TOOO Technical to be personally involved in, since such involvement may become personal, and cloud one's Professional Judgement:
The mayor of Nagasaki was shot and killed Tuesday night in a brazen attack by a gangster who was apparently enraged that the city had refused to compensate him after his car was damaged at a public works construction site, the police said.

The mayor, Iccho Ito, 61, was shot twice in the back at point-blank range outside a train station said Rumi Tsujimoto, a Nagasaki police official.
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The gunman, Tetsuya Shiroo, a senior member of Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest organized-crime syndicate, was wrestled to the ground by officers after the attack and arrested for attempted murder, the police said.

[ cf Nagasaki mayor is shot and killed ]
Yes Boys And Girls, EVEN IF one is a part of a Special Free Market Based System, { don't you just hate the Shrill Hysterical Angry Radical Extremists who label every UnGovernmentallyRegulated organization an "organized-crime syndicate" - simply because the Communists Want to Over-Regulate Everything, and can not accept that there are folks who do NOT want the Evil Liberals in the State to raise up their Evil Liberal Laws Over the Divine Will!!!! } where one is free of the Whiney Snivelling Wankage of the Evil NannyState And It's Excesss Regulations about what parts of which Law of Man are More Trendier Than Others!!!

NO!!!!

There is just NO Excuse!!!!

Look For the Union Label when it comes to Contract Killings!!!!

Anything Less and the Scab Labor Takes Over!!!

I mean think about it folks, the 30+ popped in virginia, even with a bargin discount group rate, would still have been a nice piece of change for the Consultant and the Contractor(s)..... But Do Liberals EVER Care about the Long Term Economic Impact of picking just ANY Scab to do their J-Random Killing Spree????

{ if you have to ask, uh, why is this listed in 'war' - then perchance you may want to review what are the gating factors as to when one KNOWS that one is "more at war than ever before".... as well as the complete transition out of the Failed Pre-911 Model in which only State Sponsors were players in war Stuff.... }
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Must Bong Canada..... ( The Libyan Mediation )

Oh My GOD!!!! Talk about the Brutal And Vicious Main Force Assault on Our Benevolent American Hegomonoy:
Chad and Sudan have formed a joint military committee as part of efforts to end a border conflict, a Libyan mediator said on Tuesday after talks between officials of the two countries in the Libyan capital.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has taken the lead in trying to broker peace between Chad and Sudan, which have traded accusations for months about turmoil on their desert frontier.

"The gathering here was successful because it was concluded by the creation of a joint military and high security committee, which will hold its first meeting in Khartoum on May 1," Ali Triki, Libya's envoy on Chad and Sudan, told Reuters.

[ cf Chad and Sudan set up border military body - Libya ]
HELP!!!! Libyans Brokering Peace!!!!

It is one of the Well Know 23 lesser O-Rings Of The Apocalypse!!!