Friday, February 29, 2008
McCain "Proud" of Endorsement From John Hagee Who Calls Catholics "The Great Whore."
Where's Tim Russert Now?
Posted February 29, 2008 02:14 PM (EST) Jane Hamsher http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-hamsher/mccain-proud-of-endorse_b_89227.html
Mr. McCain, who has been on a steady search for support among conservative and evangelical leaders who have long distrusted him, said he was "very honored'' by Mr. Hagee's endorsement. Asked about Mr. Hagee's extensive writings on Armageddon and about what one questioner said was Mr. Hagee's belief that the anti-Christ will be the head of the European Union, Mr. McCain responded that "all I can tell you is that I am very proud to have Pastor John Hagee's support.''
Thursday, February 28, 2008
In a major speech yesterday at George Washington University, Sen. Clinton drove the wedge deeper: "If I am entrusted with the presidency, America will have the courage, once again, to meet with our adversaries. But I will not be penciling in the leaders of Iran or North Korea or Venezuela or Cuba on the presidential calendar without preconditions; until we have assessed, through lower-level diplomacy, the motivations and intentions of these dictators."
The only problem I have with an ID card with a photo of Hugo Chavez and where it says "Occupation? : Dictator" is that he was elected a couple of times by the voters of Venezuela in elections that were characterized as open and fair by all international observers. What does one make of that?
He also survived an attempted coup which was notoriously and unabashedly backed by the USA. Recently, he has shut down a TV station. However, this TV station was openly supportive of the coup attempt, rather as if CBS were to come out and call for the military to overthrow George Bush. I think the FCC might take a few steps to correct that.
This shows me that I have not grasped the NeoCon ( yes....Hillary thinks like a NeoCon...it's all about Power.) daffy-nition of Democracy. Nor the Mad-libs definition, too. The same thing happened when the incalcitrant Palestinians had the nerve to elect Hamas. Damn fools!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Firstly, this is the Bill O'Reilly that didn't know that "colored folks" had restaurants where an old white guy could get something to eat. Remember?
Secondly, Bill O'Reilly is a Media Conservative Talker and he said that he would NOT join a lynching party. Get it? NOT!
What Mr. O'Reilly has done is shown us the concepts that Media Conservative Talkers use, how they construct or interpret Reality, if you will. Mr. O'Reilly intimates that people like himself; the Ledeens, the Ingrahams, the Limbaughs; view reality as a construct wherein "lynching parties" might yet be a good idea to knock some sense into various "colored folks" who, for one reason or another, need some sense-knocking.
Mr. O'Reilly says uncategorically that he will not take part in the "lynching party"! He is saying that "lynching party" is a valid conceptual way of looking at things, BUT he will not take part. He knows that it is bad. He's O.K.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Our ruling elite has the morals of jackals and hyenas. Soon there will be more fighting, terrorism, and guerilla warfare opening in a theater near you.
Norman Podhoretz has a good many philosophical fish to fry and is hardly a disinterested observer.
However, when one thinks about it, how could anyone who is calling for the Dresdenization of another country be anything but interested. Norman Podhoretz is very, very , very interested. He cites Bernard Lewis. In case you do not know who Mr. Lewis is, let Podhoretz introduce him: ..Bernard Lewis, the greatest authority of our time on the Islamic world...
Perhaps Mr. Podhoretz means that Mr. Lewis is the greatest authority in the West about the Islamic world, or the greatest non-Islamic authority on the Islamic world. Usually Mr. Podhoretz means "So-and-So agrees with me" when Mr. Podhoretz call So-and-So the greatest whatever.
Just a note: Bernard Lewis is not the greatest authority on anything except Bernard Lewis. Mr. Lewis was in the situation perhaps of being focused on the world of Islam when few others in the West were. That is about it: right place, right time. Serendipity, not greatness. Greatness calls for serendipity and strength of insight.
Anyway, what is wrong with the following:
The Case for Bombing Iran Norman Podhoretz
But listen to what Bernard Lewis, the greatest authority of our time on the Islamic world, has to say in this context on the subject of deterrence: MAD, mutual assured destruction, [was effective] right through the cold war. Both sides had nuclear weapons. Neither side used them, because both sides knew the other would retaliate in kind. This will not work with a religious fanatic [like Ahmadinejad]. For him, mutual assured destruction is not a deterrent, it is an inducement. We know already that [Iran’s leaders] do not give a damn about killing their own people in great numbers. We have seen it again and again. In the final scenario, and this applies all the more strongly if they kill large numbers of their own people, they are doing them a favor. They are giving them a quick free pass to heaven and all its delights. Nor are they inhibited by a love of country: We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah. For patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world. These were the words of the Ayatollah Khomeini, who ruled Iran from 1979 to 1989, and there is no reason to suppose that his disciple Ahmadinejad feels any differently.
MAD or Mutually Assured Destruction is cast as the way rational beings live with nuclear weaponry! MAD is not the Western-style logical and rational way of doing things. It was the historical outcome of the events that led up to it: the revolution in Physics, World War I, the Communist Revolution, World War II and its aftermath. Therein is the genesis of MAD. It is NOT THEE way that people who are part of the in-crowd must do nuclear war.
The USA and the Soviet Union found themselves at a point of history and MAD was their response. Beyond this, the Soviet Union and the USA accomplished one of the greatest Moral and Ethical victories in the history of mankind: they did not lose control, they did not go to war. They backed away from the mad MAD system they created. (Of course, the Nuclear Confrontation Era is being re-built now, but that does not diminish the accomplishment. Furthermore, after what I have seen in the last 15 years or so, I do not trust the USA to be able to play the game of Thermonuclear Warfare in a manner that will attain the same outcome as it did in the original Cold War game.) MADmen with bombs.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
The NY Times story on John McCain seems to be an expose on his lack of discretion and bad judgement on what is proper. I had certainly forgotten about his totally improper intervention in the matter of Charles Keating, and I am glad to have been reminded of it. My father all along has been saying he does not trust John McCain, especially he does not trust his well known hair trigger temper.
However, all of this seems to be marginalia to the true story. First, cherchons la femme: a Ms. Iseman. (A lobbyist linked to Mr. McCain)
Or was it this?
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
The Golem about to eat an apple...I hope.
Lieberman says some waterboarding OK
By PETER URBAN Article Last Updated: 02/15/2008 01:39:42 AM EST
Beyond the obvious amusements we have come to expect from Uncle Joe, we find this:
"We are at war," Lieberman said. "I know enough from public statements made by Osama bin Laden and others as well as classified information I see to know the terrorists are actively planning, plotting to attack us again. I want our government to be able to gather information again within both the law and Geneva Convention."We are at war with Osama bin Laden and his gang. Given the way we run this war and how Uncle Joe and his friends squander resources on Al Qa'ida, I would have hated to see a real conflict with something like the old Soviet Union.
We could have spent a trillion trillions of $ on a real opponent with a nation state and army and navy and all the fixin's !
We aren't in a war. We have been looking for a war.
We had a vendetta against Al Qa'ida which we came very close to being successful at, but we decided that was not what we wanted. We wanted the military version of the blue plate special...with all the above mentioned fixin's. Oh, well, the USA is the greatest country on earth and it is the strongest in history and it is blessed by God before all others...and the mantras go on and on, and they sound eerily like the voices of Raymond Shaw's platoon in The Manchurian Candidate ( 1962):
Raymond Shaw is the best, finest, bravest soldier I have ever known in my life.
There is a game in the Hasidic areas of Brooklyn called Handel Erhlekh, the name meaning something like "wheeling and dealing...ethically!". It is based on the Monopoly board game and it is played the same way. It includes some cards which deal with ethical issues, thus creating a reward for good choices and a kiester kick for bad: “Yiddeshe Tokhter! Du host aroys gelakht ven mener hoben gehert! Zeyer a groyse pritzus! Shtel dokh in ‘mikhutz lamakhane’ un blayb aroys 3 gang.” (Jewish daughter! You laughed when men could hear you. Very immodest! You’re excommunicated! Lose three turns.)
Uncle Joe is known as being a uncritical backer of everything the Likud party does. We wonder how he would play Handel Erhlekh: “Geholfen di Tziyonistishe medinah! Fun a shaykhes tzu reshoim kumt keyn guts nisht aroys! Nor shoden! Tu teshuvah! Zitz in a yeshivah 2 geng, un tzol far di yeshiva vifel es kost far yededn aroys gebliben gan $50 far tzedokoh!”
(You helped the Zionist country! No good can come out of an association with evil people, only bad! Repent! Sit in a yeshivah for two turns, and pay $50 tuition per day to charity).
The Hasidic opinion of Israel, di Tzionistishe medinah, may surprise you. Note that the Yiddish for the country is "medinah" which is the same word as Arabic for city "medina" and, of course, the foremost city, Al Medina. If we speak of similarities, then consider that a small contingent of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women in Rabat Beit Shemesh have taken to wearing a hijab.
I forget what I started this post about... for more on Handel Erhlekh, visit the site Jewschool
Friday, February 15, 2008
Pre-War Residences...or Peace Blocks ?!
(Intro Note: Amos Tutuola wrote a novel entitled "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts", hence my title.)
I always remember the old film "The Shape of Things to Come", I remember H.G. Wells, I remember Olaf Stapledon and Orwell. I believe I lived then in a Peace Block development somewhere in what used to be London.
...then there was Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Era of Ever Increasing Deficits, and the Age Of War Without End... Did a canny realtor get the low down on World War III - or IV as some pundits would have it. Shall we have as many wonderful world wars (www) as there are Superbowls and go through the Roman numerals from I to L to C and on to M? If we are still in the Pre-War Era, perhaps we may still do something about it.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
It was just more cranky and ratty 2007 Republican Conservatism.
His father, George Romney, was a fine man. He was a straight talker whose straight talk destroyed his run for the presidency. I am sure Mitt remembers.
I am also sure Mitt cannot be as witless as he appears. No, he will not repeat his dad's mistake, so he has advisors and speech writers who will make sure he toes the line of the 21st Century Republican Cranky and Ratty Conservative Movement, aided and abetted by the likes of radio talk show hosts.
The threat to our culture comes from within. In the 1960s, there were welfare programs that created a culture of poverty in our country. Now, some people think we won that battle when we reformed welfare.
Apparently there was no poverty before the 1960s. Or, if there had been poverty, the Poor were so degraded in spirit and diminshed in abilities that-thank god!-they had not the wit to create a "culture"...probably had something to do with the amount of lead they had ingested as toddlers.
They [Liberals] fight to strip work requirements from welfare, to put more people on Medicaid, and remove more and more people from having to pay any income tax whatsoever.
I seem to have misunderstood who received the Republican tax cuts. Enough. Mr. Romney, when you resurface -as assuredly you will-try for an incarnation as a person with his own mind and his own personality. As geeky as it is, you are a likeable person when you do not hang around with the 21st century cranks.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
My daughter turned to me the other day...I was giving her a hard time about something, I suppose...and said that I had better not act thus and so in that undefined future time when she has some sort of hideous custody of me and I need some care provider. All in jest... I said, no. That's not the way it will be. As they, "they" being the jackals of youth, stand about in the corridor, discussing which cuckoo's nest of an institution or home to put me in, I shall be laying plans.
As they go before the judge to testify to my diminished mental capacity, I shall stand and smile and nod my head like a good old Jerry ( from "geriatrics"). As I go to my home for one last time, I shall dump the documents from the banks I have already emptied out into a club bag, take a few books and some clothes, get a limo and beat it to the airport to make my connection for the Islands. If some young relative stumbles in on me, the money I spent on martial arts for the elderly will have been a good investment. Shall they arrest me for battery? And why should I care, since they have conspired to deprive me of my life? Nope. A few "Manchurian Candidate" kicks through the wood paneling and breaking tables, and I am into the taxi and making my way to Margaritaville.
And they will say... we thought he was such a good Jerry...he was a Jerry that knew his place...it was funny the way he shuffled around in his slippers...but, and here we agree with Nurse Ratchett, the only good Jerry is an institutionalized Jerry. Use the knowledge of Stem Cell research to give life to those who are at a point where they see that they are not immortal and do not wish to live in this social prison anymore. Let them set their sails to the wind and escape to the Islands for a blaze of glory.
Friday, February 08, 2008
After being awakened early, I usually take a nap at the time of afternoon they show up with the internal combustion snow blowers. The scene is intensely odd to me. The beauty of the snow filled landscape is so, so evanescent here. One must hurry to view it and to take pictures, because a little crew with a big noise - a snow eating Langolier outfit!-is coming over the horizon and is going to whack it and hack it as if it were an Amazonian rain forest.
It is Michigan so a lot of the snow removal workers are wearing University of Michigan winter garb, not because they support the football team, but because there are no jobs other than Snow Blow and Grass Mow and have not been in quite a while. I saw some Michigan State stuff, some Wayne State, and some Oakland U.
I was shovelling with God. It was His snow, so to speak, so it was only right He should lend a hand. We were talking about the book "The Secret". I said that I thought things such as "vision walls" related to notions such as "karma" and "reincarnation". He said it was not clear up front, but he supposed I could make a case for it. I asked, then, just how many ways there were of interpreting reality. He said an infinity of them...as many as there were individuals thinking about interpreting reality. So I asked whether the underlying reality was One or Many, or are the many interpretations about One Reality or Many different Realities.
He said that shovelling snow was a good deal of work, and He would appreciate it if I could restrict myself to things like, "Cold enough for ya?" . At the risk of portraying God in coveralls instead of regal raiment, I shall say that God is a bit more like the French worker priests who were right down in the trenches with people every day, rather than like some mediaeval cleric's vision of the High Holy Over Our Heads, so far away that the Virgin Mary be needed to intercede for us.
God works hard and is a bit like Mother Teresa, right down in the cancer and the bedpans and the colonoscopies. When I speak of God, I do not get glassy eyed nor start speaking in tongues. I always wanted to. I mean, I thought it would be cool to go rigid and comatose and take a flight to seventh heaven...but I never could. God was always hard at work. He would look over and shake his head.
One day He was running the front end loader and I was tossing garbage into the bucket so we could take it back to the dumpster. He seemed to sense I was thinking about the isolation and grandeur of being God. He called me over and motioned for me to climb up to the cab of the loader. It was a big one, like a quarry machine that could fit two or three Kias into the bucket. "There's two things you got to remember about Heaven and Holy Visions and Holy Rapture," He said. "...just like there's two levers you got to remember for running this loader." He pointer to two levers, pronouncing the word with a long "E" so it came out "leavers" instead of the alternate pronunciation "levvers". "This is Lever A..." I nodded. "...and this one, the most important, is Lever B!" So I had to "Leave 'er Be."
The paradigm for holiness has slipped from Padre Pio to Mother Teresa. But even though the picture we have of holiness might be a hard-working nun rather than a stigmatic priest, I sense we are closer to the intention of Jesus when He said that we go forth and baptize in His name. Notice that He did not say that we stay behind within a cell and practice mortifications and allow our minds to become possessed of an inflated infatuation we call the Holy. He said to go forth. Do stuff. Change the World.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Try to think things through before you throw the old paradigm into the dumpster, the dust bin, or the universal tip. Maybe we should keep the old paradigm around on retainer or something. Perhaps we could sort of treat the Old Paradigm like a soldier returning from the Iraq War and let him fester a while in sub-standard health care facilities - an Old Paradigms' Home - until such time as we move them on to Arlington.
This is all due to Dark Matter.
We see: Dr. Pamela Gray in
"... If astronomers can’t convince random physicists (who will admit they haven’t read any of the findings in the past couple years) that Dark Energy is real, how can we convince the general population. Admittedly, dark energy is something that we can’t see, can’t taste, can’t touch, can’t measure directly, and can’t even precisely mathematically describe. This makes it somewhat hard to sell as real (although it doesn’t appear to have been to hard a sell for the boogie monster, tooth fairy, and snow yeti). So, this raises the question, how can we know Dark Energy exists?"
All I can say is that if you had not so thoroughly destroyed the concept of the Aether ( or ether - an all encompassing medium in which all the universe floats ) this would not be so difficult. The aether was not the exact same concept, but when you reach the point where Dark Matter, whose existence we cannot directly demonstrate, is calculated to compose 75% to 95% the mass of the universe, it's beginning to look like a duck and sound like a duck...and affect the photon like a duck. Or merganser. Or turkey buzzards.
O.K. I know I've said it before.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
There were no mixed messages from Annapolis. There were no ambiguous messages from the Grand Tour of the Middle East. January 31, 2008BBSNews 2008-01-31 -- (PHR) [Physicians for Human Rights] "HCJ's [ High Court of Justice, Israel] rejection yesterday of a petition by ten Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations against cuts in industrial fuel and electricity to the Gaza Strip is consistent with two other rulings it made this month, on petitions submitted by PHR-Israel on behalf of patients in life-threatening condition, whose request to exit Gaza for medical care was rejected on "security grounds." For the first time, and in direct contradiction of previous rulings, HCJ judges refused to intervene for their access to healthcare. " There is also the situation of increased bombings by the US Air Force. As recently as mid-2007, the AF did not have a clear idea of what its mission was. There was bombing in the beginning of the war and there is bombing now, but in between there was mostly large-scale construction and movement of cargo and equipment. There is a good deal of news on these bombing campaigns anywhere you choose to search the Internet. The drive to present the Ptotemkin ( or illusory) vision of peace and victory is so great in this final year of the Bush presidency that it seems that Iraq and Palestine will be crushed, starved, and beaten into silence.
How's it all going? Just great according to the administration.
""If there is no change in three months there will be war again," said Abu Marouf, the commander of 13,000 fighters who formerly fought the Americans. He and his men switched sides last year to battle al-Qa'ida and defeated it in its main stronghold in and around Fallujah. "If the Americans think they can use us to crush al-Qa'ida and then push us to one side, they are mistaken," Abu Marouf told The Independent in an interview in a scantily furnished villa beside an abandoned cemetery near the village of Khandari outside Fallujah. "
Monday, 28 January 2008
"Fallujah is more difficult to enter than any city in the world. On the road from Baghdad I counted 27 checkpoints, all manned by well-armed soldiers and police. "The siege is total," says Dr Kamal in Fallujah Hospital as he grimly lists his needs, which include everything from drugs and oxygen to electricity and clean water. The last time I tried to drive to Fallujah, several years ago, I was caught in the ambush of an American fuel convoy and had to crawl out of the car and lie beside the road with the driver while US soldiers and guerrillas exchanged gunfire. The road is now much safer but nobody is allowed to enter Fallujah who does not come from there and can prove it through elaborate identity documents. The city has been sealed off since November 2004 when United States Marines stormed it in an attack that left much of the city in ruins. "
The "Peace" is just another Illusion for our Obese Appetites.