February 25th, 2009

yellow_elephant

Stop Making Sense....

I think it is fair to say that Reasoning did nothing to prevent the 2nd attack on the world trade center.

Nor for that matter did reason have any part in the various Mission Accomplished dances that have been done since then, including stuff about that iraq thing, and the current on going military victories against Wall Street.

So before our nation opts to take too many new and untried strategies and tactics, maybe it is time to sort out if we REALLY do want to have any of that Reasoning Stuff muck up the process.

As my friend billbill has been trying to drum into my head, there are some small issues with what the species has not been all that gooder at... that as an evolutionary process, maybe it is not going so well, and that if we want to join 'the big gun club', and get off tthis 3rd rock, that we are going to fundamentally need to get beyond the current evolutionary limits.

Put another way, I was having fun with the y10k bug, and that by changing from two digits to four digits, we merely defer the observable problem. My friend of course looked quisically at the argument, and speculated toward how things will clearly get better by 9999. I of course peered into the abyss and asked,
"Based upon which ten thousand years of what types of progress? Are we not still simpy doing the core basic:
Boy meets Girl.
Boy Loses Girl.
Godzilla Destroys Tokyo
And therefore not a gooder arbitor for change?"
and that for much of the tinkering that we have done in the so called areas of science and technology, most of that remains the unnatural space where we go against our natural ability to quickly, and irrationally, leap to the simple conclusion set
Will it eat me?
Can I eat It?
Should I mate with it?
I say 'irrationally' since, well, let us be honest, there is none of that romantic aristotelian syllogistic logic in play.

So while we can speak about much of what we call our 'reasons', how much of that is merely post-facto rationalizations?

Yes, there are some interesting economic issues in play here - there is also the little problem, that we will need to work out where do we want to go? Where do we want to arrive on the other side of this crisis?

Or are we just setting ourselves up for more of the same old failure that we have been going through?
yellow_elephant

But will it unclog the commerical paper?

Will the Obama deficit-spending plan work? Will throwing $800 billion—$500 billion in extra government spending, and $300 billion in tax cuts—at the economy produce a world in which production and employment are higher and unemployment lower than would otherwise have been the case?

The short answer is yes. The short reason is that spending works—eras in which some group or other gets excited about future prospects and starts madly spending money are eras in which production and employment are high and unemployment is low. And the government, in this respect, is just like any other group of starry-eyed optimists whose eagerness to spend pulls the economy into a high-employment, high-pressure boom.
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Still, a boost to spending by the government should have the same effects as boosts to spending by luxury consumers and the defense department and homebuilders in the early 1980s, by the high-tech sector in the late 1990s, and by homebuilders in the mid-2000s. The government’s money, after all, is as good as anybody else’s.

So there is little question about the likely impact of the Obama deficit-spending program: production and employment are going to be higher than they would have been otherwise. As Greg Mankiw, the former chief economic adviser to George W. Bush, said back in 1983: “There is nothing novel about this. It is very conventional short-run stabilization policy: You can find it in all of the leading textbooks.”

But there is a relevant question outstanding: Will there be some sort of a hangover after this Obama spending binge—some debt-induced, groggy morning after? And if there is a hangover how bad will it be? For the answer to that, we will have to wait and see.

[ cf How Spending Stimulates ]
I was amused by the folks at KCBS last night, as they interviewed the republican fruitBat from Sacramento who was cool about essentially showing that Obama is the new Reagan... And that some how the New Reagan also wants to have the Private Sector solve the problem.

Which was more amusing this morning as a formerly money making Toyota Car Seller in Oakland is pulling out of Oakland, because they are not able to get the sort of financing from the private sector, to allow them to sell cars on credit....

Amongst the still unaddressed problems IS what to do with all of the bogus loans - those non-performing loans on houses, and hum... what if there were other forms of commercial paper that is also going bad?

Should american banks be able to carry on like the japanese banks did???

Or should there be a step forward that will require the SHOGUN to provide a 'sharing moment' with the Zai Bat Su! so that they can get their poop in a group or have it LOPPED OFF!!!

Or are we to expect that the 'private sector' will majikally grow a pair and act like they had them....

Hum... what if that IS a critical role of the Shogunate....
yellow_elephant

Drug Dealers - or White Khristian Amerikkkans?

Faux news is reporting that the Obamanites are waging some sort of Unexpected war against alleged "drug cartels".

But in light of previous reporting about 'war like activities' - could this be a part of Faux News, and the rest of their evil liberal media minnions, covering up the Great White People Round UP! Where they are actually shipping out white christian americans to so called re-settlement facilities....

It Could Happen You Know!!!!

Obamanites do not believe in the Correct GOD!!!

Look what they have done to the economy...
yellow_elephant

Do liberals still believe the president is outside the law?

Or are they willing to accept that only the War President is outside the law, and hence also, outside the bounds of the US Constition.
Note the nuanced logic: torture violates both the law and the Constitution. The president is bound by the Constitution. Notice anything missing here? Can you find any indication that Judge Mukasey believes the president is bound by the law of the land? Me neither.
[ cf Shorter Senator Dianne Feinstein: ]
Interesting side adventures that you acquire when tracking down internet meme's like "the shoter(foo)".

And should we really still be taking things in context as if they were factual in some pre-911 way?
yellow_elephant

Should persons advocating the armed overthrow of the gubmint be not gooder?

Yes, in a day when laws were laws, and not merely a part of the goods and services provided by the Imaginary Invisible Foote of the Free Market, things might have been actually treasonous, and/or criminal.

But times change, eh no?
This sort of thing doesn’t really offend me because I think most of Beck’s viewers would back down from starting a new civil war once they learned that it would likely lead to Cheeto rationing. But I am amazed at the sheer cognitive dissonance involved in simultaneously believing that it’s treasonous to peacefully oppose an unjustified war but that it’s patriotic to lead an armed insurrection against the government because they want to pay you unemployment benefits. If there’s a weirder political movement than American conservatism, I’ve yet to see it.
[ cf SadlyNo: God I love FOX News ]
What concerns me more is the ugly parts.

What happens if they really take the mythos that the GubMint, and it's evil liberal minneons, cause the economic NotGooder, and opt to engage in mindless terrorist events, because they lack any of the actual planning capacity to organize a real Coup or Civil War.

If we have learned anything from the last N-years of failures to meet recruiting numbers for the various actual US Military Forces, it is that these Cheeto Eaters have not been learning to be professional players - save for well, the pro's who did the Oklahoma Bombing. Great Tactical project, but lacked a long term strategy.

Or is that a part of the bigger deeper ugly here. It does not matter IF there is an actual armed uprising, or a real political process, merely that there is a rise in terrorist acts on american shores...

And that would some how re-inflate the Homeland Security Investment Bubble...
yellow_elephant

why do they HATE the Guacamole? Where is their Patriotism?

UPDATE: Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs and "Pajamas Media":
Glenn Beck: The End is Nigh . . . .

Is it irresponsible for Fox News to be airing this over the top, creepy alarmist stuff during a financial crisis? Well, yeah, I think so.
If someone like that -- like this -- thinks that Fox News is being irresponsibly, even dangerously, inflammatory, then that's a pretty compelling sign of how far over the line they actually are.
[ cf Fox News "war games" the coming civil war ]
Ok....

So are the little green footballs and the pajama media folks going to turn themselves in for their Treasons?

Or are they just going to hope that no one notices....

You know, when the bubba militia's come to protect our american constitution from such radical left wing media types as the little green footballs, and the pajama media stab our troops in the back types...

If there is a tragedy in american 'kulturKampf' it is that we never get to those Happier Fluffy Bunny Times when the Evil Doers are lined up against the wall and shot by the firing squads of true believers....

Could it be more than the mere failure to get organized???
yellow_elephant

When is it treason in a time of hostile fire pay zone event sequencing?

Another U.S. soldier on active duty in Iraq is joining a challenge to President Obama's eligibility to be commander-in-chief, citing WND's report on 1st Lt. Scott Easterling, who has agreed to be a plaintiff in a lawsuit over the issue, as his inspiration.
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Easterling, who confirmed separately to WND that he is questioning Obama's authority, wrote to Taitz that, "As an active-duty officer in the United States Army, I have grave concerns about the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to hold the office of president of the United States."

[ cf 2nd U.S. soldier in Iraq challenges eligibility ]
In related happy new:
Oklahoma's House of Representatives is the first legislative body to pass a state sovereignty resolution this year under the terms of the Tenth Amendment.

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 1003 Feb. 18 by a wide margin, 83 to 13, resolving, "That the State of Oklahoma hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States."

[ cf Oklahoma House passes sovereignty bill ]
Thank God we have folks who are willing to take up arms, to oppose something, for some sort of reason....

And in a time of transferring the tax liabilities unto the unborn baby Unicode UBU!!!

Are you doing your part?
yellow_elephant

freeperville Freaks Out

We have to be as NON-PARTISAN as possible because if we’re gonna win this thing it’s gonna be by uniting Americans not keeping them divided–which the gov’t media complex has a vested interest in.
Which comes back to comments about how we will depend on the Media to get the word out but they may also help to clue-in the opposition. If they the media and newspapers are notified the day of the events, then the ugliness could be minimized.”-Christie @ Resist
[ cf Suggested Tea Party Etiquette ]
Thank GOD the freaks at free republic never made an issue out of supporting the president to support the troops....

And also that they have never engaged in divisive politics....

Makes me wonder what has majikally changed?

The troops are still in Iranq and Afghanistan....
yellow_elephant

Godless Red Hollywood Seeks Destruction of WHITE CHRISTIAN AMERICA!!

Hey boys and NonPerKin, are you surprised that they went with GOD HATING AMERICA BASHING?
Samuel L. Jackson is Marvel's man.

The actor, who just weeks ago was seemingly on the outs with the studio over reprising his role as Nick Fury, agent of spy outfit S.H.I.E.L.D., in the "Iron Man" sequel, has signed an unprecedented nine-picture deal to play the character in a series of Marvel movies.

In addition to "Iron Man 2," scheduled for release next year, the movies include "Thor," "Captain America," "The Avengers" and its sequels. Also on the table is the possibility of starring in a "S.H.I.E.L.D." movie, which is in development.

Jackson made a surprise appearance as Fury at the end of the first "Iron Man," throwing geeks into a tizzy and showing the first glimpse of Marvel's plan to link all their slate of movies into one filmic universe.

Jackson and Fury were expected to be part of the sequel, but as Marvel negotiated with its cast, deals proved hard to come by. Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle. Mickey Rourke still doesn't have a deal for the part of a villain despite almost two months of negotiations.

[ cf Samuel L. Jackson's Fury in flurry of Marvel films ]
More Obvious Liberal Code Words for
Round Up The Honkies!
Where is paranoid brother when you need him...
yellow_elephant

do we even need to tag it as a PSA?

I have email alledgely from an alleged national republican organization about limiting the growth of big government....

Or should we say, How STONED was Michael Steele and the RNC for the last 8 years?

And what has caused them to spill all of that pretty bong water all over themselves....