June 18th, 2009

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Americans NEED bettery ferryTales....

Or was that suppose to be that we should save the farthings to pay the ferryMan?

First off is the rude unpleasantry of A Wall Street Fairy Tale where the Evil DeLong stabs the troops in the back by doubting that the Wonders of GoldiLock's Mission Accommplished Victory over the evils of wall street banking scares back in September 2008 should be remembered in any other way than the total military victory that it was. Since to construct it anyother way would be to advocate that it was not a military victory, and was an economic issue presenting a failure of rational expectations and thus the need for some sort of reality based regulation.

In Related Steven Kinqesque scary stories we have Comment for the Economist on Christina Romer (2009), "The Lessons of 1937", in which the Evil DeLong, again stabs our troops in the back by suggesting that recently reported unemployment numbers in any way indicate a change from those that were reported as the Correct Projection when the Valiant Victory Against the Evils of Liberalism On Wall Street Lead all To Praise The Greatness of Great Leader, who's military brilliance defeated the unbelievers in 2008.

I mean do americans really want to retreat into the horrors of the failed OLD EVILS of mere factualism, when the correct faith based approach to policy will win!
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Mass Murdering Maniac.... or...

What is so strange? I think the most frightening part about the interview in which Obama engages in the Mass Murdering of a Fly ( cf There Goes The Jain Vote … ) is that he makes it clear to the press that if they want to film the BRUTALLY SAVAGELY SLAUGHTERED FLY!!! that he is more than willing to show them where to find the corpses.

What does that say about our lame press, and the lack of meaningful dialog in this nation about the substantive issues....
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The Shrill One Stabs Troops In Back

I know it’s a tough competition, but this just might be the most hypocritical thing I’ve seen in the past year:
On Monday, Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced the “Preserving Access to Targeted, Individualized, and Effective New Treatments and Services (PATIENTS) Act of 2009,” a new bill prohibiting Medicare or Medicaid from using “comparative effectiveness research to deny coverage.”
How bad is it? Let me count the ways.

1. Politicians who rail against wasteful government spending are taking action to prevent the government from reining in … wasteful spending.

[ cf Taking the Hypocritical Oath ]
a h/t to Shameless who has another reference, and wondered:
How do they live with the screaming, dissonant voices inside their heads?
which really is amusing, since of course the fact that the PATIENTS Act should have had the phrase 'New Testament' in it to show that It was a True Christian Policy....

The new Repuublic is wondering
Fine, fine. But here's my question: Are Kyl and McConnell prepared to extend a similar ban to private insurers? After all, private insurers factor cost into treatment decisions all the time. Do Kyl and McConnell think that's wrong, too--that cost should never, ever be factor?

Or do they think it's o.k. when the medical directors for your friendly neighborhood HMO--operating behind closed doors and under pressure to make profits--make these decisions?

[ cf McConnell Wants No Rationing? Fine. ]
What happened to the whole Idea of making government work like a bizNiz?

You know, making the DOD the chief Profit Center???

Updated: corrected blocking...
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California soon to be new Latvia

I've been hearing the California crisis, and the Governor's response, referred to as a kind of shock doctrine, used to transform the state's social safety net and radically alter the lives of the poor and downtrodden. And that's entirely true. But not necessarily through the budget cuts, which have met fierce opposition from Democrats and the nascent activist progressive movement. No, the real shock doctrine is happening behind the curtain, with a proposal engineered with bipartisan support, that will really permanently turn the state into an experiment in Chicago Boys free-market fundamentalism, not unlike the conservative "paradises" created in developing nations, all of which are crashing, by the way.
[ cf The Latvia Option (url in original) ]
Well, there you go, the tip of the spear!!!

Clearly now the California Department of Defense will lead the way at being the Most Profitable Profit Center in the Nation!!!

{ the other rational analysis is to look at the simpler - 'they started the crisis to destroy the various programmes they do not want to fund' }

Would this be a bad time to remind californians of the glorious military victories that the free market has always been winning? Or should we keep reminding ourselves that we need to be warry of the growing threat of the nepalese maoists? who could at anytime take over the state!!!
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Lock Up The Silverware and the White Women!!!

A battle has begun in a remote and heavily forested area in the Indian state of West Bengal. Government troops have been sent there after Maoist rebels seized a number of villages, began killing political rivals and torching government offices and police stations.

Para-military troops have marched into a zone declared liberated from government control by insurgents.

Witnesses say police fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse Maoist sympathizers attempting to block the advance of government forces.

[ cf Indian Troops Launch Offensive in West Bengal Against Maoist Insurgents ]
Well, there you have it!!!

More proof that we must Nuke Iran to protect america from Nepalese Maoist ZombiIsms, but that we must liberate VenezuelaColumbia from the HORRORS of Hugo Saddam Hussein Chavez, who is so obviously the Nepalese Maoist Zombie Somalian Pirate IslamoCryptoZionist threatening our way of life!

{ see, simple, straight forward plans to appropriately respond to the growing international threat, rather than the failed liberal agenda of seeking to pass meaningful healthcare reform!!! }
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great running summary of Iran Cituation

Iran Chronology: Updated Daily. It seems that there are now Black Flag Ops being run through twitter to put out false information that the government wants out. ( BIG H/t to arian1 for his work, and, maybe this was not the week to give up sniffing glue, as it says in AirPlane... )

The intelligence revolution is in process folks. You will have to learn how to vet sources and how to know whom you trust with what data.

Allow me put into that debate The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist's Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics by George Lakoff as this may help us Don't think of an elephant in these times of stuff....
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Got SkyNet?

I wonder if folks would worry about Plan to teach military robots the rules of war. Or should we just all smile and hope that Human Intelligence Systemss are going to be on their way....

Why Heck, we could even think about a major educational programme to teach mere civilians the Laws of War, or The Avalon Project - The Laws of War, there are others, and it would be useful if folks were aware of the issues. What is a War Crime and what should we do about them. ( see also
(a) Offense.— Whoever, whether inside or outside the United States, commits a war crime, in any of the circumstances described in subsection (b), shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.

(b) Circumstances.— The circumstances referred to in subsection (a) are that the person committing such war crime or the victim of such war crime is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a national of the United States (as defined in section 101 of the Immigration and Nationality Act).

[ citing Title 18, Part I, chapter 118, section 2441. War crimes ]
Since if the civilians were aware that there were applicable law, would it change the debate?

Or should Robots be Smarter than mere persons....
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What if the Nieman Journalism Lab is correct?

What if the face of Journalism is changing? cf Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University :: Aiming for the Future of Journalism...

I like dr_strych9 article Modern Problems: The Heckler's Veto - and really have to wonder if a part of the problem is that folks are looking at the pretend media as if it were in any way still journalistic? Isn't that a part of the question that is being raised by the firing of Froomkin ( cf Froomkin Torched amongst other sources ) from the WaPo, which has not been doing all that good a job. Well one could be polite and say that it has not yet done as bad a job as the NYT...

So what if the problem of the Cable New and other forms of 'evil liberal media' - including FoxNews - is the story of a dying technology married to a dying weltanschaung....

And that the really interesting discussion is to be found in what comes next.

What if understanding how human minds actually work WILL be a requirement of getting into the Big Gun Club so that we at least are now viewed by the space aliens as some form of mental disease....
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why does mike pence hate himself, and probably the guacamole as well?

Mike Pence vs Mike Pence helps folks deal with what happens when one can not even keep their spin spinning in the same direction, at least for the duration of a single interview....

So when it comes time to support the position that is being presented, remember, you can adopt the failed policies of pre-911 reality based community, or you can Wax Up Your Surf Board, as it is time to peek into the soul of post surrealism and ride those jumbo waves of angst and persecution...
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did they move the correct scary ones?

Q Robert, former President George Bush gave a speech yesterday where he talked about Guantanamo Bay and the President's policy, and he said, "Therapy is not going to cause terrorists to change their minds." What is the President's reaction to that?

MR. GIBBS: Is he talking -- I don't -- I'm not sure what he's discussing.

Q I think he's trying to suggest that the President's policy on Guantanamo Bay is not the right policy and saying -- comparing it to therapy, that we're treating the prisoners --

MR. GIBBS: I don't know what he's discussing. I know that -- I know the previous administration moved or transferred hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo to a program in Saudi Arabia. I don't know if that's what he's -- maybe that's not what he's referring to, since it appears to be contrary to the actions that he took. So I'm happy if he can clarify what it is he was talking about.

[ cf White House Briefing for 2009.06.19 ]
Interesting...

Is outsourcing the torturing of persons to Saudi Arabia now a form of therapy in HappyLand?

{ Yes, I am more than willing to concede that whitehouse.gov is not a reliable source. }
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Should The Left have to do all of the lifting?

I really have to wonder why it is that the Left have been obliged to put together their own critical reviews of the short comings of the Obama Administration.

Wasn't the point of having a loyal opposition that they would keep the administration honest?

Or is the core problem with the PsuedoCons that they so hate government as an intrinsic evil, that they can offer nothing but their totale blinde loyalte to Great Leader who will free them from the Intrinsic Evils of Government....