Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bibi has an American Friend!

Yay!  At least one American law maker loves Israel!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Grumpy Grandma Grumblings

Watching the ridiculous spectacle in Ferguson, Missouri has had me thinking about all kinds of things. Sorting out what I’m seeing, what I’m hearing, what I’m learning, has left my head (and my reason) spinning. My world view has changed drastically since Obama has been elected president. Truths I held a decade ago, or even a few years ago, no longer seem realistic. The reality I woke up to two weeks ago is not the reality I woke up to yesterday, or today. A few random thoughts: 

As a nation governed by men of European descent and culture, we made an enormous mistake, or a series of mistakes. Importing slaves early in our history created an economic boon, especially for states raising cotton as a trade good. We should have never gone down that evil path, but that cannot be changed now.  When a lack of statesmanship and ingenuity caused our nation to stumble into a bloody and devastating civil war (how could our gene pool be so depleted in a hundred short years? Madison, Adams, Franklin, etc. would never have allowed this scorched-earth war to happen), instead of shipping the slaves back to Africa at its conclusion, it was decided to assimilate them. Another mistake.  When the black population, especially in the cities, couldn’t put bread on their own table, the wise men of congress patted them on the head and shoved them into projects.  And then the liberals committed the most heinous crime in our nation’s history: they destroyed the black family by only providing welfare to women and children who had no man in the home. 

Why black men stood by and accepted this, why they threw up their hands in defeat and mooched off of the welfare checks of the women, why they didn’t do something, ANYTHING, to keep their family structure together, is beyond me. I have no answer.  It’s not just blacks either. Poor whites (and other groups) are accepting the same social structure, with glassy-eyed resignation.  

Whipping up black rage, purposefully whipping up black rage, surely is a strategy of the puppet masters behind this administration, and a piece of the grand plan. Some blacks are beginning to see how they, as a group, are mere pawns, expendable pawns, on the progressive chessboard.  No one will listen to them. It’s too late. 

Fred Reed penned a column this week that made so much sense it stunned me. A taste:

We need to realize, but will not, that blacks are a separate people, self-aware and cohesive. They have their own dialect, music, and modes of dress, which they value. They name their kids LaToya and Keeshawn instead of Robert and Carol because they want to maintain a distance from whites.
The races spring from utterly different cultures. Compulsory integration is thus a form of social imperialism in which whites try to force blacks to conform to European norms. Blacks have no historical connection at all to Greece, Rome, the Old Testament Hebrews, Christianity, the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, to Newton, LaGrange, or Galois, to the philosophic tradition of Thales, Aquinas, Schopenhauer, or Hegel. Nor do Eurowhites have roots in Africa. No commonality exists.

 Our nation is crumbling beneath our feet. Giving local police departments military toys was a stroke of genius on the part of the progressives; creating mistrust of the police is a must as they overthrow our  government and replace it with their own vision, with them at the top and the rest of us as serfs.  ObamaCare will destroy the trust the people have in doctors and nurses; we are unable to provide quality care to patients under this structure. Resentment is already boiling. Poor people are bragging that they are now “insured”. The word is meaningless. These people are 100% (or nearly 100%) subsidized by the taxpayers, including working people in the $50,000 to $100,000 range who do not qualify for major subsidies and who do not have insurance coverage through their work. ObamaCare is cheap for indigents or the minimum-wage poor; for the middle class with no insurance, it’s literally unaffordable. Should a family pay twice as much for medical insurance as they do for their mortgage?  How will they afford a new car, a vacation, a steak once a month? How will they afford to save for retirement? To send their kids to college?


Another random thought: if I hear one more word about the moronic “ice bucket challenge” my eyes may permanently cross in stupidity overload. The participants don’t donate to ALS research; they’re in it for the “selfie” opportunity. The whole thing is tacky and attention-whorish, IMHO. Double bah. Plus, ALS is very rare. How about quietly donating to autism research or cancer research instead of plastering your drenched selfie all over facebook? 

So, what are your random thoughts and grumblings this morning?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What Was the Point of All That?

I returned yesterday afternoon from the Embassy gym, which had the BBC World Service on during the hour I was there.  Thus, I was forced to endure watching thousands upon thousands of Palestinian Muslim young men celebrating what they obviously consider a complete victory over Israel, interspersed with pictures of smiling women with hordes of children receiving free food and drink from the UN, shot through with experts declaring what a horrible black eye to Israel's international relations this event was.

What was the bloody point?

What was the bloody point of going to war, bombing buildings and killing people, if at some point you were just going to stop, your demands unfulfilled, your conditions unmet and the enemy clearly of the view that they prevailed, both on the battlefield and in the battle for international public opinion?

It's very, very simple: if your enemy is dancing and cheering in the open, without the slightest fear of you, you have lost. Period.

What a waste of time and lives.  If Israel isn't willing to fight for real, I don't see the point in endlessly supporting her.  I feel no pressing need to be more Catholic than the Pope nor more Zionist than the Zionist leadership of Israel.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Remember When Pronouncements Out of Moscow Bore No Resemblance to Reality?

That baton has clearly been passed to Washington.

Excerpt, Op-Ed Piece by Russian President Putin, New York Times, Sept. 11, 2013:

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¶ The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.

¶ Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multireligious country. There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government. The United States State Department has designated Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, fighting with the opposition, as terrorist organizations. This internal conflict, fueled by foreign weapons supplied to the opposition, is one of the bloodiest in the world.

¶ Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria? After all, after fighting in Libya, extremists moved on to Mali. This threatens us all.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Black Flag - White Minority

Black Flag. No, not the insecticide... not the jihadi flag either. The punk rock band.

I look at this not as music so much as an anthropological artifact... buried in the sedimentary layers. Thirty-four years ago - a different geological era, almost.

This is (some of) what Jourdan and I were listening to in high school. The rest of you maybe not so much... ;)

I anticipate lots of eye rolling and head scratching; if nothing else the comforting takeaway is that if we are in decline, it's been happening for a long time now. The title of the album which the first song is from is "The Decline of Western Civilization". Gotta say this about their stuff, it does what it says on the tin...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Misuri Llama a la Reserva Militar Para Restablecer el Orden

Again and again and again, we Americans have to endure these events, these awful, predictable, shameful and profoundly depressing events.  As I watch from overseas, connected as I am, I am yet again grateful that fate has allowed me to pursue a career away from my beloved home. I can't take watching this pitiful spectacle that American civic and political life has become. It has become actually, physically painful to me, in addition to mentally painful; and, so, I absent myself from it and continue to do what I can.

I remember all too well watching my home town burn and people die while the LAPD retreated to a safe perimeter. I remember as well watching from my apartment window in Berkeley as a rabid gang of Black looters beat two European-American young men, with Berkeley PD standing in a line 50 yards away and doing nothing.  I remember working in the Pacific Northwest, watching on TV when a gang of Black men began sexually molesting a young European-American girl at the Mardi Gras celebration in Seattle and beat to death a 15-year old European-American boy, stomping his head repeatedly against the pavement, in full view of two Seattle PD officers standing right there.  Their police chief at that time went on to work for the White House. In each case, the pattern is the same: a dysfunctional and broken community comes into daily contact with police, eventually, a member of that community is shot and killed, there is a riot, and the authorities tell the police to back off, to not create more problems, to let the riot anger burn itself out.

And, every time, every time, the same "speak truth to power" journalists and commentators act as if this is something new, something unexpected.  Why, they just pulled out of Ferguson!  The whole business community is up in arms, their property and stores looted!  Why, this is unheard of, this is news!

No, it's not.  It is America.  It is what we have become under this monstrous Liberal Revolution that took and people and a country and turned it into souless, pitiless, lock-step nightmare.

I look at "Misuri" and I see three things.

I see a broken Black community yet again holding up a small-time thug as a symbol of their oppression, taking no responsibility, taking no actions to correct the horror that their lives have become since their contribution to the victory of the Liberal Revolution. The plaintiff's attorney is already there. Eventually, when the prospect of easy money comes to the fore, a father will be found. Pathetic, disturbing, beyond hope.

I see a ridiculously over-militarized police force, using military weapons, using military jargons, an occupation force and not the police of a free people.  Because, we are no longer a people, we are no longer unified, crime and insecurity is no longer a rare event.  In the spare armoured cars and M-4s, donated to increase local police forces anti-terrorism capabilities, I see the endless militariziation of the liberal state. Self-satisfied, with their Oakley shades and the strut of men who have come to learn that whatever steps out of line must simply be beaten.  Pathetic, disturbing, and, worse, my own people, degenerated.

I see a town that has been stripped of its soul, its bleak main street littered with horrible fast-food joints, the usual big-box stores, completely devoid of personality, soul, and an actual affront to the ideal of beauty and community.

America as broken record, skipping and repeating the same track, over and over.  Time to blow a hole in the radio.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Primus - Tommy the Cat

Pretty sure that the bass and guitar riffs will be appreciated by some folks here.

Pretty sure the song as a whole will fall in the well, that's int-er-esting category.

But worth a listen. Released 23 years ago, a golden oldie.