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Sunday, February 18. 2007
Filling in for the News Junkie today...
"The government is endogenous." A profound comment by Prof Bainbridge. We've been inching towards this kind of clarity, but the Prof arrived. The point being this: Why should govt be the problem solver, when it is no more rational, or even less rational, than the public? We would argue, far dumber, much more amoral - and power-hungry arrogant schmucks.
Ten Step Plan to becoming a dictator. (H/t, Reader). This guy figured it out.
The truce is over. Belmont Club. What truce? The Left has been pushing surrender forever. Surrender to what? To whatever.
Melanie Phillips takes a look at Iran's 27-year war on the west.
Does Russia want to re-start the Cold War? NY Sun. I doubt it. But they do want to be players on the world stage. It's such a dump of a country, I guess they need something to feel good about.
The stupidity of crowds. No Pasaran takes on the Greenie-Lefties. Our opinion: the Greenies are the "useful idiots" of the Left.
Catholic women's college obsessed with vaginas and sex. Is this "higher education"? Sounds like lower education to me.
Hate to quote Instapundit because everyone reads him anyway, but this blurb was too good. It captures a ton of insight:
Deval changed his mind. Sorry, MA. Now he wants more of your money. I guess he changed his mind...
Should the word "scrotum" appear in kids' library books? Why not? I thought they were already teaching the little ones gay and transexual pleasuring techniques in our progressive government schools. Scrotum definitely a sensitive area.
"Fusionism" is the notion of the merging of Libertariansim and Conservatism. Is it possible? I think so, as long as folks don't feel the compulsion to be completely consistent in their politics - but who is? TCS takes a look.
More on the subject of "We're all Welfare Queens" now. How pathetic have we become as a nation? Help used to be for the folks in trouble, but now it's for everybody, including the "greedy geezers," with the predictable weakening of the human spirit and the rise of whining as a life style and a voting style. There is no way back to good old study Manhood and Womanhood, once a majority is on the dole in some way - or expects to be.
Are we raising a generation of the dependent, passive, and spineless, like Europe? Not only a serf mentality, but a surrenderist mentality. I do not wish to imagine where this sort of future takes my descendants. People who won't take up a challenge, but collapse and give up? That ain't the American Way, nor is it the Anglo-Saxon way. Nor is it the Pilgrim way, where freedom under God was every family's goal, in the face of death. Pull up your socks and get to it and give it the old college try - come what will. And pray. That's our approach. Whether it works or not, fine. We will get by. Can't beat Touch of Gray. It has got it all over Woody's sappy "This land is your land..." Touch of Gray is the American middle-aged Song, and man, could that guy play a sweet guitar? Although we do have a natural weakness for the Maggie's Farm attitude - good for all ages.
The depressing graph is from a piece at Villainous.
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Ax long ax da guvment giv it away I take it.
woud you pass up a free new car?
my spirit ain't no weak'n in front my plasma TV, thank you uncle sugar
Prezdent jefferson he self said once we lurwned to vote money to ourself we be do'in it.....skintone got da inside track 'bout 50 years ago.
How To Choose A University.
Once again the season is upon us to help our children make a decision which will have an important impact on your family’s life forever. For all of those –both parents and students—who are trying to decide which university to choose, I submit the following guidelines:
RULE # 1. Review faculty credentials.
If you have an idea as to a specific area of study, for example: engineering, literature, pre-medicine, go to the website for that school, or department, on the university's website. You can usually find the specific departments by clicking on something that says “Academic” on the list of choices on the university’s main homepage.
1.)Click the homepage for the department of your particular interest.
2.)Click on faculty.
3.)Choose the department chair, and several other professors, then click on biography, or CV (Curriculum Vitae). First, look to see if the teacher has posted in plain view the universities from which s/he received their degree and what year. If you go through several faculty members bios, and notice that they have not posted the schools they attended, you will know that you are in a department that has been taken over by the extreme left/feminists. There is currently a move in academia to “level” the playing field for women and minorities, who are being zipped to the top. This is best evidenced by a mandate that requires everyone in a department to dumb down their academic credentials. That is done by removing the school and the year of graduation. Of course, some of the old time white guys, who still have tenure, will rebel against this and may still post their own credentials. But, you are looking for a trend-- not an absolute head count.
Here is a modified example:
You will note that there are three critically important pieces of information missing from these bios:
1.) The department from which these people received
2.) The title of their final thesis and thus the focus of
their research (the area in which they are truly
3.) The year they received their degree.
Below is another example.
If you read the summary piece you will note that it gives you very little information about the man’s chronological movement through academia. If you click on articles and papers, and do a careful search, you will see that his first paper published was in 1983. Another author is also listed, this leaves us with no clear indication as to whether this was an article Mr. Crow did with his mentor while in graduate school, or if it is something he did later in his career. The omission of dates is deliberately confusing, and is intended to be so. We have a right to know when he worked as a political lobbyist, and when he was teaching, and where. That information should be posted up front and very clearly. It is interesting to note if you scan down to the last entry under “Book Chapters”, you will see that he co-authored a chapter with an M. Emmert, with whom he once shared an office. The same man, who co-incidentally became president of the University of Washington at about the same time Mr. Crow took over ASU.
Conversely, Mr. Emmert offers a much more detailed chronology:
What this does not tell you, though it does give reference to, is that during the few years he was in Montana, he was the leading force, and orchestrated the collapse of four independent administrations of four state campuses under one roof (the unions love him!), effectively silencing the rural voice in Montana colleges.
Finally, an example of a good page:
Back after the Daytona 500.
1. Jeff Gordon
2. Tony Stewart
3. Matt Kenseth
My top three picks in no particular order.
I need a new pilot for my G5. Any volunteers? We do not offer affirmative action for our family pilots, however. Miozambique, next week, for a few days. Already packed, but our pilot took a job with Jet Blue.
Siberian Light is interesting, bookmarked. His interview with the creator of "La Russophobe" was excellent, as "Andy" says, "Her views are strong, and she doesn't hold back in expressing them." Very interesting woman. Bookmarked that as well.
Would love to volunteer for the G5 slot but afraid my piston time would leave me lacking at times :-)
What is Daytona? A tennis match? Hey ho, bravo!
''The Mara Salvatrucha Organization and the U.S. Response''
Wednesday, January 31 @ 17:59:26 UTC by Jean (732 reads)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) considers the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) the most dangerous street gang in the United States. The violent nature of MS-13 members results in a number of murders and vicious beatings. Already a number of cases, tried in Maryland and New York, have resulted in hefty prison sentences, even life in prison, for MS-13 gang members.
Violence first attracted the F.B.I., but evidence of the gang's increased levels of sophisticated organization is an indication of a future where MS-13 has evolved from a street gang into a transnational criminal organization that stretches from Central America to suburban neighborhoods in dozens of U.S. cities.
Topics: Illegal immigration, gangs, MS-13, prisons, law enforcement, police, Central America, El Salvador, F.B.I., border, organized crime, United States
Authorities target group in Texas and across U.S.
PHARR, Texas – Shortly after midnight in late September, a Texas National Guard soldier with night-vision equipment spied four figures slipping through the brush and alerted Border Patrol agents.
The men were arrested, and one in particular stood out for the extensive tattoos across his face, body and arms.
Wilmer Matamoros, 23, a Mara Salvatrucha gang leader, was imprisoned earlier this year in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
A fingerprint check showed Santos Chileno-Gomez, a 23-year-old Salvadoran, had been deported for an assault on a Long Island, N.Y., police officer. His lengthy criminal record – and the tattoos – labeled him as a member of Mara Salvatrucha 13, a vicious international street gang that federal authorities call one of the most violent in the U.S.
Mara Salvatruchas to take on the Minutemen
SO THE QUESTION IS ..WHY AREN'T THE MINUTEMEN ARMING THEMSELVES AND SHOOTING TO KILL?
tHE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS FORFEITED IT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT U.S. CITIZENS...IT THEN CONSTITUTIONALLY IS THE CITIZENS RESPOMSIBILITY.
Dammit, habu, we can't surrender in two places at once, what about our reputation?
No, we have to get finished surrendering in the outside world, first. THEN we can start breaking up the states and handing them out.
Dedicated to 110th Congress (sung to tune of Tom Dooley):
Hang down you head, it's duly,
Hang down your head and cry,
Hang down your head, it's duly
Elected and you're gonna cry.
The NY Sun article on USSR--oops, "Russia", elicited this worthwhile instructional comment:
I disagree with Prof Bainbridge. Once you boil down all the endogenous factor as exogenous factors, and public servant becoming the endogenous where once it was exogenous still leaves one with this question. Are markets to be regulated at all? Are publically traded companies responsible to the investing public to disclose financial information so a prudent man can make an informed decision?
I answer yes. And further I answer that SRO's such as the NASD and others are not sufficient to regulate anything but the payoffs they recieve. The Professor goes on:
Public choice theory provides still another reason market failure is not a sufficient justification for government intervention.
I would like to know what "reason market failure" is as defined in the paper. Was Enron and WorldCom "reason market failure?" Due diligence was done on both by Wall Street firms prior to making recommendations and making huge amounts of money.
What exogenous event triggered their demise? None but greed. There were no endogenous factors relevent to their downfall.
According to the professor once the government becomes involved the there becomes a synthesis of the endogenous and exogenous so that the government can not do anything but ill.
Thusly he propounds:
Assume arguendo that capital markets fail to produce optimal disclosure through voluntary corporate action. The mere existence of such a market failure does not—standing alone—justify legal intervention. In addition to the standard prudential arguments in favor of limited government, which counsel caution in concluding that a purported market failure requires government correction, behavioral economics itself argues against presuming the desirability of intervention:
This issue was markedly decided during the Trust Busting period of T.R. Roosevelt and has only been reinforced through decade after decade of Wall Street "free market" manipulation.
Full disclosure is amnifest if our markets are to be run under any pretense of "the knowledgeable investor"
An 1880's ditty went something like this.
"For Vanderbuilt and company,'tis indeed a gilded age
Bur poverty increases,'tis thus that tramps are made
Shall it be continued when the peoples votes are weighed
As we go marchg on?
No! We'll hang Jay Gould on a sour apple tree
And bing grief to the blotters of a base monopoly
From the ghouls of booty we shall go free
As we go marching on."
The porfessors argument is in any event a moot point given that our government has acknowledged that certain sectors of the economy can never be permitted to fail. The Defense Industry in this country will never fail. The budgets of the entire intelligence industry are secret but they are the ones doing business in the defense field.
Long Term Capital Management was not allowed to fail by the good offices of the Allen Greenspan.
These examples would seem to highlight that the government is already in firm control of the "free markets"
Why is it then the average investor is to be denied full disclosure before he invests his money?
Pippington Pappington Pop, Vll ,
Didn't mean to ignore you old bean. Daytona is a place where during large parts of the year young girls wear micro bikinis and bronze themselves in the sun.
Of course you're right. One surrender at a time. That and the slow necrotic rot and will do the job.
I guess as age lenghtens my shadow my patience at gett'n at 'em is shortening.
It's a target rich environment for Americans in today's world but few mercenary groups will take on a 59 year old guy with the attendant 59 year old challenges...too slow, can't see without bifocals, a few minor meds. Of course they're right but I'd be happy to do inside work as long as they would occasionally let me snipe at a few... I use to be damn good..now I'm not real sure I could even see a target 800 yards away but I'd sure like one more chance at it.
Like they say, there's no fool like an old fool.
Oh, no, there's LOTs of fools like old fools. For example, there's 'young' fools--like we wuz befo' we wuz old fools.
maybe we could infiltrate and co-opt a jihadi rest-home somewhere, hey?
One thing to keep in mind when looking at the Villaneous chart and other depressing charts. Soon we'll be too old to give a damn about looking at 'em at all.....all we'll care about is if we have a good bowel movement at least every other day and that that ugly mole isn't cancerous. Forget the four hour erection talked about on TV....anyway that one lucious babe is now pretty well desiccated.
BUT THE GOOD NEWS..
Ok admitttedly I haven't checked the official stats on this , although one always here's that soon it'll be 3.32785 kids working for every social security recipient (almost sounds close to pi, which is close to damn delicious) DON'T let 'em fool you. The generation the Boomers gave birth to is LARGER than the Boomer generation so how can those figures be correct?
Now I realize we have to factor in the fact that all jobs will be outsourced to India just at a time in our lives when our hearing is failing but....that's why I've ordered "Understanding Punjab" on CD $19.95 but soon coming to Wal Mart for $2.19 plus a greeting.
ANYWAY no panic no fear ...we did our duty. We broke in more sofa's and auto back seats than any other generation in history...why we even got to Dean Wormer's wife!!
How to choose a university...the short course.
1. pick Harvard,Yale,Princeton, or Stanford...why..it's not what you know it's who you know...a Phi Beta Kappa at Georgia vs. a c- student at harvard..who wins in life..Harvard cause you know the right people.
2. borrow all the money you can to do #1 if you can't afford it
3. if you can't get in go to heating and air conditioning trade school and learn that trade..in two years form your own company and hire people..you'll be filthy rich by 40.
February 19, 2007
Al Qaeda Chiefs Are Seen to Regain Power
Al Qaeda Chiefs Are Seen to Regain Power NYT...
AND GUESS WHO THEY'RE COMING AFTER ...LEARN TO SHOOT, NOW!!!!
Monday, February 19, 2007
Commissars of the Internet: Part I, Installment 1
Putin's KGB back at work and very hostile.
The Dawn of the Next Cold War
In Munich, Putin sent a clear message: the new Russia hopes for friendship with America, but it has also learned to say no.
In Munich, Putin alluded to an "asymmetric" response to American hyperpower.
A family member by marriage attended Yale and says Yale usually has really lousy sports teams but when the other side scores against them the Yale side will cheer,
You'll all work,
For us someday.
LOL--like Aggies (Texas A&M) down here, they say "Aggies now, 'Boss' soon".
Recommend habu's Putin link from Newsweek. Seldom anything worthwhile in Newsweek, but there's some meat in this aone.