Friday, January 29, 2016
Cruz for President
Robert Reich on Facebook: January 20
5 reasons Ted Cruz is even more dangerous than Donald Trump.1. He’s more fanatical. Trump is a bully and bigot but doesn’t hew to any sharp ideological line. Cruz is a fierce ideologue: He denies the existence of man-made climate change, rejects same-sex marriage, wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, believes the 2nd amendment guarantees everyone a right to guns, doesn’t believe in a constitutional divide between church and state, favors the death penalty, opposes international agreements, embraces a confrontational foreign policy, rejects immigration reform, demands the repeal of “every blessed word of Obamacare,” and takes a strict “originalist” view of the meaning of the Constitution.2. Cruz is a true believer. Trump has no firm principles except making money, getting attention, and gaining power. But Cruz really does detest the federal government, and has spent much of his life embracing radical right economic and political views. When Cruz said “we are facing what I consider to be the epic battle of our generation,” he wasn’t referring to jihadist terrorism but to Obamacare.3. He’s Smarter. Trump is no slouch but he hasn’t given any indication of a sharp mind. Cruz is razer-sharp: It’s not just his degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law, along with an impressive record at Harvard, or even his winning arguments before the Supreme Court. For his entire adult life he’s been a fierce debater with a intensely-logical debater’s mind.4. He’s more disciplined and strategic. Trump is all over the place, often winging it, saying whatever pops into his mind. Cruz hews to a clear script and a carefully crafted strategy. He plays the long game (as he’s shown in Iowa). Cruz’s legal career entailed a sustained use of the courts to achieve conservative ends, and he plots his moves carefully.5. Cruz is a loner who’s willing to destroy institutions. Trump has spent his career using the federal government and making friends with big shots. Not Cruz. Most of his Republican colleagues in the Senate detest him. And Cruz is eager to destroy: He has repeatedly crossed to the other side of the Capitol and led House Republicans toward fiscal cliffs. In the Fall of 2013, Cruz’s strident opposition to Obamacare – including a 21-hour talking marathon — led in a significant way to the shutdown of the federal government.Both men would be disasters for America, but Cruz would be the larger disaster.What do you think?
The GOPe win if Cruz or Paul win the primary but lose the general as long as they keep their places at the trough.
The GOPe win if somehow one of their pets wins the primary and loses the general and they keep their space at the trough.
The GOPe win if Trump or one of the GOPe pets somehow manages to win the general.
The Demonrats don't lose if any of the above happen and get an outright win if the Dem nominee wins the general.
The only possibility - note that I said possibility - that the GOPe and the Dems lose is if either Cruz or Paul win the general. Between those two, Cruz is the better candidate.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The Clown Show Continues...
MSNBC 1/26/2016 - Donald Trump, a warmed over NYC libtard with a big mouth, spews:
"I think I’m going to be able to get along with Pelosi. I've always had a good relationship with Nancy Pelosi. I've never had a problem."
"Frankly, if I weren't running for office I'd be able to deal with [Pelosi], I'd be able to deal with Reid, I'd be able to deal with anybody...
Hey look, I think I'll be able to get along well with Chuck Schumer. I was also very good with Schumer. I was close to Schumer in many ways."
"Where are the clowns? There ought to be Clowns. Well, The Donald is here...'
Complete with dancing Trumpsters!
Let's Make A Deal! NOT...
I've sometimes wondered aloud if Trump might just be TPTB answer to voter unrest. And now, it turns out that that is likely the case.
In 8 years, assuming the actuaries are wrong, I'll hopefully be retired and sucking up some of the gravy I've been giving everyone else to suck up in the form of my taxes ever since I was 14 years old. And I simply won't give a damn any more. It will no longer be my headache.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
I'd apologize, but it wasn't my fault.
Saturday, January 09, 2016
Audit the FED
- We must act fast -- BEFORE JAN. 12, 2016! -- to demand of Congress: Audit the Fed! I sent a letter to my "representatives" in Congress using Downsize DC's "Audit the Fed" campaign. I'm going to share my letter with you, so you can copy and paste it.
- But you shouldn't act alone. We need others to join us in sending a letter to Congress. Numbers matter. So, reach out to five people who will passionately agree and ask them to join you.
- It's decision-making process is secret.
- Minutes from meetings come three weeks after decisions are announced.
- The Comptroller General is legally prohibited from auditing several important FED activities.
- Many economists, including former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, blame the Fed, in one way or another, for the Great Depression
- Many also blame the Fed for harmful booms and busts
- The Fed’s continued inflationary pumping cuts the value of your money, devastating savings and the well being of people on fixed incomes
I like me some prog!
If Keith Emerson was dead - geez, he's 71?! I feel old - Luca Zabbini would be his reincarnation:
These guys are from Italy. I recently purchased their album "Coffee in Neukolln" which has a marvelous Baroque/Rock piece entitled "Fools Epilogue" which has to be heard to be believed.
I'd say they don't make them like this any more, but, obviously, they do!
Check 'em out and support 'em.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
It's a cycle, dangit!
Once upon a time, there was a land – low and forested, with many rivers and lakes and teeming with life. This fair land was a hunting ground for humans and mighty predators of the forest, and the climate was perfect.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us!
On a night, probably not a winter's night, some 2016 years ago, we are told that the Creator of the Universe assumed the form of one of His creations.
Most of the time when you hear the news of Christ's birth, you get the story as told by Luke. Linus read it during "A Charlie Brown Christmas." If you're alive and an American, you've likely heard the story in one form or another. Joseph and Mary, a stable in Bethlehem, shepherds and flocks and angels heralding the birth of our Lord, three wise men following a star.
The same story is told in Matthew and Mark also, each somewhat different from the others, with different embellishments and emphasis. But the core of the story of God made flesh is told in John, Chapter 1:
At the beginning of time the Word already was; and God had the Word abiding with him, and the Word was God. He abode, at the beginning of time, with God. It was through him that all things came into being, and without him came nothing that has come to be. In him there was life, and that life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness, a darkness which was not able to master it.
A man appeared, sent from God, whose name was John. He came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, so that through him all men might learn to believe. He was not the Light; he was sent to bear witness to the light.
There is one who enlightens every soul born into the world; he was the true Light. He, through whom the world was made, was in the world, and the world treated him as a stranger. He came to what was his own, and they who were his own gave him no welcome. But all those who did welcome him, he empowered to become the children of God, all those who believe in his name; their birth came, not from human stock, not from nature’s will or man’s, but from God.
And the Word was made flesh, and came to dwell among us; and we had sight of his glory, glory such as belongs to the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth.
We have John’s witness to him; "I told you," cried John, "there was one coming after me who takes rank before me; he was when I was not!"
We have all received something out of his abundance, grace answering to grace. Through Moses the law was given to us; through Jesus Christ grace came to us, and truth. No man has ever seen God; but now his only-begotten Son, who abides in the bosom of the Father, has himself become our interpreter.
You may question the story. You're not alone. You may have rejected the story as a fairy tale. How could a mere human be the only begotten Son of a mythical Creator? It's just crazy.
Ask yourself, "But what if it's true?"
May the Peace of Our Lord be with you and yours this Christmas and always!
Christ is born in Bethlehem!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
10 Years. I'm sorry!
Huh. Just noticed that this blog is 10 years old this month.
Most people get along quite nicely in life without ever questioning their assumptions, or believing utter lies. Unless reality deigns to smack them over their heads, they'll get on just fine. Truth doesn't just jump out and say, "Here I am!" It's usually buried in lies and half-truths, or maybe you don't have enough information or experience to know it when you see it. It takes patience, wisdom, discernment and a little luck to find the truth of anything. You can't even pick up a Bible and expect for Truth to jump out at you if you don't do a little preparation first. There's a reason that Book warns of casting seed on unprepared ground.
For most people, information arrives on the television. It is not an unbiased source. As often as not, truth is buried in spin or, worse, bludgeoned to death with lies. Unfortunately, if we were to stop watching and listening to corporate (including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) news media, 90% of Americans would know nothing about anything. Also unfortunately, there is no good alternative that reaches a mass audience.
The corporate media have a narrative. Turn on the local news and flip through the channels. The same stories. In the same blocks. Even the "features" are the same, sometimes a day or two behind or ahead but if you see it on channel 8 you'll almost assuredly see the same story on channel 13. The same applies to the national news whether it's ABC, NBC, or CBS. The "narrative" favored by the masters of information is all you're likely to be exposed to. Other sources have the same problem, of course. How does one then try to make sense of the information that bombards them everyday?
First, you must learn to control your immediate reaction and sift for facts, something the vast majority of Americans are either incapable of or don't have time to do. Information just comes in too fast, so for a shortcut, we resort to filters. From the first report you can watch the responses line up perfectly, especially in internet comboxes and message boards. The nutters scream, "False Flag!" The Progs foam at the mouth and trot out every Prog meme they've been fed from their "trusted sources" that might possibly relate and the knee-jerk Right does the same.
Our politicians cloud the issue still further. Even after the fact, so many are caught out lying or are found to be so agenda driven on all sides as to be untrustworthy, further making truth harder to apprehend.
This is not new. The media and politicians have been stampeding the herd from the inception of the Republic. It is difficult to tease out facts from spin; it always has been. Now our electorate is so fragmented that there may be no way to do so.
Who's lying or spinning? The cynic in me says, "All of them."
Who to trust? "None of them."
What to do about it?
If you're trying to catch a specific fish in a lake, you have to cast your net wide and sift through a bunch of fish you don't want. Read from several sources and not just sources you may superficially agree with. Read history and lots of it - primary sources as much as you can. Read non-contemporary writers. Ninety-nine percent of what is happening has happened before. For instance I find Chesterton to be a veritable goldmine of useful anecdotes and opinions on everything from Mormonism to Islam to Socialism and Evolution. There truly is nothing new under the sun. Everything we do has been done, at least in kind, before.
It's an individual quest though. Only you can do it. You can holler and shout and point at the elephant in the room and if nobody else can see it, you may as well save your breath. The best you can usually do is point at the parts of the pachyderm. "Look! There's a trunk, don't you think it might be attached to an elephant?"
Other than that? Teach your children well; more important, teach then to think, Teach them to challenge authority. Dump as much reading on them as you think they can stand, and then dump some more - but make sure you understand the material and can guide them through it. It doesn't do any good to get them to read Karl Marx or Adam Smith if they don't have the skill to properly critique it. Most of all teach them to question their own assumptions. Question yours. Pray for guidance and hope for the best.
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