16 August 2017

To serve and defect.

It’s worth remembering that Charlottesville did everything it could to prevent the demonstrations, issuing permits only after being sued by the ACLU. And when push came to shove—literally—on Saturday, police and National Guardsmen were to be found only on the periphery of the brawling. Indeed, the Virginia ACLU reported that police were refusing to intervene unless specifically ordered to do so.[1]
Shades of Berkley when cops similarly did not intervene to stop AntiFa violence.[2]

[1] "Avoidable Mayhem. Why did Virginia’s political leadership order the police and National Guard to stand down?" By Bob McManus, City Journal, 8/14/17.
[2] H/t: The Burning Platform.

11 August 2017

"Neocon" defined.

"Neocon" is a squishy term, or at least has been in the past. Today its meaning is firming up some. However, the following list of neocon passions brings to the fore the defining element – political actions that are mysterious to voters and utterly divorced from rational policies of non-interference in the affairs of others, avoidance of fantastic expense in the pursuit of vague goals, abandonment of any kind of a Lone Ranger desire for "leadership" on the world stage, and avoidance of stupid and artificial disputes with nuclear powers:
Within hours of Trump’s emergence as the putative Republican nominee, the Never Trump cadres initiated numerous rearguard actions designed to elect Clinton, whom they correctly saw as the candidate who would implement their neocon foreign policy of regime change, nation-building, humanitarian intervention, meddling in foreign civil wars and domestic affairs, spreading democracy, confronting Russia, maintaining America’s state of perpetual covert and overt war, and requiring the continued presence of hundreds of thousands of troops in every corner of the globe costing billions of taxpayer dollars.[1]
Missing from the list is commitment to the foreign policy goals of Israel. In my opinion nothing we've done in the Middle East make any sense unless you understand that the U.S. is at the beck and call of Israel and its AIPAC enablers. Overall, however, neocon means more than a slavish adherence to the needs of Israel. Something else is in there that has a lot to do with the military-industrial-congressional complex. It's not about any gas pipeline for Qatar.

Primarily, I am incensed by having unelected people dictate policies that have never been put to the American electorate. Neocon policies are not policies that American voters have approved. Period. Who are these people that say we should be waging war against Syria with over 400,000 civilian deaths on our account? We bitch and moan about a relative handful of casualties in bogus chemical weapons incidents but don't even blink as 100s of thousands of civilian deaths are added to the reckoning of the cost of our dirty policies. Policies that are unconstitutional and that further our aggressive war in Syria.

Just about every aspect of American politics and 100% of European politics are devoted to the needs of foreigners, minorities, globalists, mega-corporations, and the banksters. The needs and wishes of the founding people of all these countries is a matter of indifference to their governing classes.

[1] "How Romney Loyalists Hijacked Trump’s Foreign Policy. Those who play the game by establishment rules are waived in. Those who would challenge the status quo are kept out." By Ron Maxwell, The American Conservative, 7/31/17.

10 August 2017

Hubris and complete disdain for the past and reason itself.

According to Professor Legutko’s analysis, the similarities that he has observed under communism and the current liberal democratic regime are not attributable to accidents of history or to the activities of a few misguided men, but are the logical consequences of their whole world outlook. And perhaps the single most important similarity is that each of the systems is forward-looking and judges the present not by what has existed in an imperfect past, or by what is possible for human beings given their essential and abiding nature, let alone by any deontological precepts, but by a future state of perfection that the systems responsible for the present will allegedly call into existence.[1]
I think I've recounted the marvelous insight that a speaker at an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting had after he'd recounted the complete disaster that his life had become: "And my best thinking got me there." Two of the tenets of AA are that
  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Just as that speaker experienced complete collapse of his life and all loss of self respect, so has the West rushed with energy and purpose to its own destruction.

AA's idea of a "higher power" is non-sectarian and who or what he or she or it is is not central to its rejuvenating approach. It does require that the alcoholic (zealot) give up the illusion of personal mastery and humbly take into account that someone else might actually have something worthwhile to contribute to his or her life. The Western world takes the opposite approach and puts its faith in kings, potentates, bwanas, poobahs, and scumbag intellectuals, politicians, artists, journalists, and bureaucrats. The work product of these hideous people is all around us now. It swamps us. It drowns us. It slimes us with crudity, delusion, lies, and assaults on reason and experience.

Samuel Johnson had his finger on the problem:

"How small, of all that human hearts endure,/ That part which laws or kings can cause or cure!"
Western man has got it all wrong with our vast schemes for the reformation of all aspects of human existence. We have desecrated all that our ancestors handed down to us. Much humility is now in order but such incipient signs of awakening as can be seen are but dim candles. It cannot and will not overcome over a century of utter stupidity and willful betrayal.

Humility won't return to us until we have a smoking ruin.

[1] "A Takedown of the Moral Prometheans." By Theodore Dalrymple|, Library of Law and Liberty, 8/10/17.

Government that crushes.

How is this not tyranny?
I've mentioned this in previous "Illinois is FUBARed" threads, but I think it marks the point well. I live in suburban St. Louis, MO. in an area that probably has the highest, if not amongst the highest property tax rates in the whole state of Missouri. My in-laws, god love them, live in a small rural town in Illinois. My house is 3x the size of theirs, and likely 3-4 times the market value of theirs. Point being? My property taxes are, and have been functionally the same as theirs almost as long as I've known them. Think about that for a second. That's unreal.

It's no shock why Illinois has the problems they have.[1]

Not to be outdone, RaoulDuke66 on the Illinois train wreck:
This is a sure sign that more government is required to fix the problems created by evil capitalists.[2]
A classic comment. Socialists, statists, communists, progressives, and fools have hamstrung and done the vampire deal on free markets and the rule of law to create vast, unresponsive, liberty-destroying monstrosities that make the Philadelphia Convention look like a shower for Rosemary's baby.

And, boom, when it gets to be heavy sledding and "recalculate" just doesn't make the spreadsheet numbers change, it's capitalism that gets blamed and the AntiFa mobs get called out in force.

[1] Comment by Stan Smith on "This $5 Trillion Time Bomb Will Devastate Americans." By Nick Giambruno, Zero Hedge, 8/9/17.
[2] Comment at id.

08 August 2017

Altrustic lawyer?

And how does a recently bankrupt and unemployed Imran Awan wind up with a high-priced lawyer to defend him who is associated with the Clintons? Would that kind of lawyer even take a relatively minor bank fraud case if that were all that is involved?
"The Tale of the Brothers Awan. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in the middle of a new scandal." By Philip Giraldi, The Unz Review, 8/8/17.

It's yuge.

The resort to weird propaganda ploys, accusing Vladimir Putin of ‘rigging’ the US Presidential elections, has paralyzed US domestic policy, turning Washington into an insane asylum of continental dimensions.
"Washington and Brussels: Running in Reverse." By James Petras, The Unz Review, 8/1/17.

07 August 2017

More pointless intervention.

Yes, I really give a damn about "democracy" in some third-world country.
Well, it becomes more and more obvious by the day that the Borg has decided that Trump is unacceptable--American voters aside. There is now an overt merger of the neocons and the humanitarian interventionists. Call it Barack Obama marries Dick Cheney. That's what is happening. The German Marshall Fund has founded a new project called the Alliance for Securing Democracy . . . .[1]
Note the involvement of scumbag Bill Kristol in this "Alliance."

Author Harper's piece is short and contains interesting information on a more insightful President Trump than you’re likely to hear about in the media. Soros in the picture in the anti-Trump spasm. Big surprise there. Will no one rid us of this pustule?

[1] "Establishment gang up against Trump intensifies." By Harper, Sic Semper Tyrannis, 8/6/17.

04 August 2017

A plausible hypothesis for anti-Russia hysteria.

One of several:
It is a difficult situation for the Russian government. The Russians mistakenly believed that the demise of the Soviet Union made us all friends. It seems only Gorbachev understands that the Soviet collapse removed all constraint on Washington’s hegemonic behavior. Few in Russia seem to understand that the enormous budget and power of the US military/security complex, about which President Eisenhower, warned in 1961, needs an enemy for its justification, and that the Soviet collapse had removed the enemy. The very minute that Russia stood up for its national interest, Washington filled the desperately needed category of “The Enemy” with Putin’s Russia.
That's one theory. I've also seen it argued that some Jewish émigrés from Russia have a particular animus toward Russia. I also think that Russians' coming to the aid of Syria was distressing to the Israeli government which I believe wants civil turmoil in or the dismemberment of Syria and others of its neighbors. Russia is also aligned with Iran which Israel views as its number one threat.

There are no a few who also argue that it's all about gas pipelines and the "monstrous" nature of the Assad "regime." As a commenter elsewhere on the web observed, once your government is referred to a the ____ "regime" you know that international law no longer applies to you.

Readers are welcome to suggest other reasons for our bizarre hostility to Russia. Paul Hill in my post immediately preceding this one touches on the U.S. interventions around the world. Neil Clark has a more comprehensive list. In light of this history it's a bit much to hear the anti-Russia zealots go on about Russian "intervention" and "expansionism."

"Washington Pushes Harder Against Russia." By Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House, 8/1/17.

Ignoring the elephant.

What Russian expansionism? is more like it, though Gen. Jack Keane appears to think the Russians are bent on world domination. Keane is the poster warrior for civilian control of the military. Anyway . . . web commenter Paul Hill has a good point:
It does not puzzle me that anyone should be concerned about a foreign power involving itself in an election. It does however seem that the crows have come home to roost. Chile, Argentina, Panama, Vietnam, Cuba (unsuccessfully),Iraq, Iran...are all places the US didn't mind manipulating governments in their favour. However, I do find it extremely puzzling that Americans are concerned about the influence of Russia when its government is so obviously paid for and managed by Big Money and corporate interests. Hmmm...the freedom to vote for either Coke or Pepsi? Where's the freedom? Seems to me this all a smoke and mirrors to distract everyone from the fact that "Democracy" is weakly gasping for any sign of life --- not with a bang but a whimper.[1]
Mr. Hill's point about the influence of big money on U.S. politics is on target. It's bizarre then that, instead of addressing this (and vote fraud) and the wholesale foreign bribery that screams for attention with respect to the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons personally, the U.S. press and the political whores on Capitol Hill are obsessed with the deleterious influence of THE RUSSIANS (!!!)

[1] Comment by Paul Hill on "Trump’s breathtaking surrender to Russia." By Michael Gerson, Washington Post, 7/20/17.

Crimea in U.S. military thinking.

All the financing of Maidan in Ukraine was driven by one particular goal, for which the U.S. State Department spared neither suitcases with dollars, nor cookies from Mrs. Nuland - Crimea. American missile defense system in Crimea would close the entire South and South-West Russia from the possibility of using ballistic missiles that serve as a deterrent to so-called American preventive nuclear strike. No coincidence that the much-touted project of European missile defense, which badly battered the nerves of our politicians and military, has flopped after the restoration of status quo in Crimea.[1]
I have observed in the past that had the U.S. wanted Russia to relax about events in Ukraine it could have provided assurances that the U.S. had no designs on Crimea. A useful analytical tool applies in spades here, namely, "if you want to understand what is going on, focus on what is NOT being said or done." The U.S. "forgot" to make clear what its intentions were regarding Crimea so we can assume that they were nefarious.

It's beyond obvious that the earlier U.S. concerns about countering the threat of Iranian missile attack were a pretext.

[1] "How Russia Ruined American Plans in Crimea." By Viktor Sokirko, Ft. Russ, 3/19/16.