Monday, April 26, 2004
Saturday, April 24, 2004
Politics & ReligionNever getting their stories straight. It's been almost 700 years since the round-up of more than ten thousand of the warrior-monks called the Poor Knights of the Temple (Knights Templar). Yet, still, the Catholic Church indicts King Phillip IV (the Fair) while the secular world indicts Pope Clement IV. I see an overly defensive nature posture by the Church on this matter in their here, here, and here. And yet, even those these religious nitwits have been against every critical social reform in the last five decades, proving a cravenness that only a solid link to the worst in American culture can provide, I still don't want them punished, just for being Christians. Some religious people, by the way, are just plain fantastic. The works of the historically fantastic are often an inspiration to the future.
According to Bernard [Monk associating with earliest Knights of Templar], "God has elected such men to Himself," carefully choosing and appointing them to fight in His name. These warrior-monks were to wage the "double fight" against evil, spiritually and physically. Killing barbarians was not only permitted, justified as "malacide" rather than homicide, but actually encouraged by the promise of an instant place in heaven.
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
P WolfowitzAt the end of his "introductory" 40 minute speech, P Wolfowitz cited how France was against the idea of a US military occupation, and so they must be for the transition to the "Interim" government, which comes before the "Transitional" government, which comes before the "Constitutional" government. Then he listed a number of battles, and said there were lessons to be learned. For example, Tarawa, the Chosin Reservoir, and another WWII battle. The point he appeared to be making was that war could be more brutal than expected. I can't imagine any other lessons. At Chosin, for example, 8 divisions of the Army were surrounded and 1 division of Marines pulled their tails out of the fire. I guess he doesn't realize the Marines are right in the middle of the fire in Fallujah, already. Then he listed heroic soldiers, mostly from WWI and WWII, but a couple who died in Somalia. Again, what lessons can be learned? The politics of WWI and WWII are unassailable (attempts have been made), and the politics of Korea tend to point exactly to political problems of war (Korea wasn't authorized by Congress, but the UN, our troops had a politically defined mission, but then again, MacArthur should have been yanked earlier, he was convinced the Chinese were bluffing, but I was never a Truman fan, so, it's a mixed bag. I like FDR and Ike more). Then R Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs spoke, but I wrote this.
P WolfowitzActually used the word "Orwellian" during his introductory statement to a discussion of Iraq & Afghanistan, where, during the first introduction, he never discussed the current situation in Iraq or Afghanistan, then read a few rosy news stories. He spent less than one minute addressing Fallujah, and used part of that minute to say he "wasn't downplaying it." It's hard to say when the "introduction" ended, and whether or not the M14 information really amounted to "news," as the S Ritter has already discussed EID instructions to rebels from former regime leaders.
P WolfowitzHe claimed part of the problem might be called "The Man on the Moon" problem, which might be phrased by an Iraqi like "If America can put a man on the moon, how come the electricity isn't working?" This is clearly an attempt to make Iraqis complaints look ridiculous. But more fundamentally, GW Bush is planning to send people to Mars as we speak.
FuckHaloscan is manipulated by the provacateurs, or my browser sucks. I originally said that it was Yankee Doodle himself. He denies it. And I really like his blog. Have blogrolled it for months and months. Someone blogrolled me right between Yankee Doodle and River Bend and, so far, that was the highlight of my blogging career. Someone is doing it.
Bush Uses Japan As Political ExamplePost WWII... here is one version of the events
But generally, populist sentiments about the Occupation ran hot and cold. Hot when GHQ's fiery New Deal lawyers promised them "a hand in the future" and lasting reforms; cold when SCAP went into business with the old guard. After Mao took over China and Korea heated up, SCAP was taken over by CIA types who didn't like people in movement period. They hurt the unions while boosting the war industries and the gangsters. They turned heavy-duty war criminals loose with big money in their pockets to help SCAP maintain "social harmony." "A-Class" rogues such as Kishi, Kodama and Sasagawa profited immensely by reviving the mobs and rescuing the "patriotic" societies. Kishi made prime minister; Kodama became one of Japan's three most powerful men; and Sasagawa Ryoichi, self-proclaimed "world's richest fascist," was several times seen jogging around Africa with Jimmy Carter and the Gandhi Peace Prize in his pocket. Older activists especially have a hard time feeling too pro-American about those days.New Deal=State, SCAP=Defense, CIA-types=? The "A-Class" war criminals were the only ones up for the death penalty, I think seven were executed, maybe they were the only ones tried.
Monday, April 19, 2004
Ya think?Do you think the worst thing that could happen to a propagandist is when some creep corrupts his slogan? Do you think it is illegal for me to think that, if the Norwegians demanded the surrender of the US, I would greet them as liberators? After that, Sweden, Switzerland and Canada.
CIA AgitpropWaah Waah! They didn't tell me about the big lies before they told al-Saudiyya! Like I care in which order they got told? Mr. Woodward, can I interest you in a career in farming? For just a little money, you can buy a farm which, with hard work, can feed you and your family as long as you are strong enough to work it. Maybe, if you treat 'em right, your children will be pleased to stick around.
Sunday, April 18, 2004
The USA Channel Spartacus MovieWhat really brought down the Roman Republic? Lots of people have lots of arguments, but no one seriously thinks that it was Crassus becoming Consul. That's not what USA Theocratic Networks want you to believe. They want you to think that the rich guy, Crassus, was what ended it all. Sounds like anti-rich propaganda. One thing that really happened was the Romans, to win, promised their soldier's a lot. They couldn't always pay. The veterans found a hero in the very wealthy Marius, who basically formed his own army. The forces of Sulla and Marius alternatively controlled Rome for a while, and whoever was in charge killed 100s, maybe 1000s, of his opponents supporters. Eventually, Marius was killed. Gaius Julius Caesar was the nephew of Marius. I've heard that GJ Caesar was primarily interested in his own interests, and the veterans were a vehicle for him. The veterans do not make a force in America today like they did in Rome. The evil in Washington, DC is far less problematic. It's mostly just a lack of accurate intelligence. The whole peice of theocratic agitprop (and yes, there is anti-theocrat messages, but then again, what will ring longest in the heads of each side that cares to listen?) ends without showing how Spartacus was crushed. In fact, the movie ends with a heroic Spartacus. They showed this two-hour "special" at least 4 times in a short period of time. This work seems like an attempt to lure people to stupid revolutions, specifically, in NYC in September. The GOP would love riots in September at their Convention in NYC (as if New York State didn't give the President the second least percentage of any State) to try to win like 1968.
Friday, April 16, 2004
Do U C What I C?I turned on Fox News, some retired Colonel was going on and on about how Fallujah needed to be "cleansed" and how M al-Sadr needed to be, without exception, captured or killed. Who is to be "cleansed" in Fallujah? No one asked the Colonel about that, or anything else. One can only assume that anyone who resists the cleansing will be cleansed. When there is actual killing going on, the term "vicious cycle" should be used carefully.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Corporate Media Still Shilling for GW BushJF Kerry was asked a question that began "If you were President today..." and FOX News cut away to S Gorton's questions for FBI Director R Mueller. I checked ten or more other news stations, three had S Gorton, none had JF Kerry. S Gorton is four times more important than JF Kerry, that's the corporate media lesson for today. Slade Gorton is a retired Senator from Washington.
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Firefighters and PoliceWe have heard a lot about these civil servants who died on September 11th, 2001. Primarily because there is a more uncomfortable fact, in that, more millionaires died that day than any day in history. The sinking of the Titanic is probably second, April 14th, 1912. That portends badly.
Bullets Through BodiesOver 700 in the last 8 days, according to reports. Former Iraqis, their bodies blown up, pieces of lead sent, 1000m/s, ripping through flesh. All for the new big hate. Have you joined the new big hate? Hate terrorists! Whoever they are, hate them! Hate, Hate, Hate!
Monday, April 12, 2004
Advice for BushA new President spends a minute at his new office with the old President he is replacing. In that minute, the departing President tells him, "I have left three numbered envelopes in the Oval Office. Open an envelope if you encounter a crisis you can't solve." Eight months down the track there is major drama, everything goes wrong - tmost unusual stuff - and the manager feels very threatened by it all. He remembers the parting words of his predecessor and opens the first envelope. The message inside says "Blame your predecessor!" He does this and gets off the hook. About a year later, the company is experiencing a dip in credibility, combined with serious, and lethal problems. The President quickly opens the second envelope. The message read, "Reorganize!" This he does, and the public is quickly distracted. Being smart, the new President opens the third envelope before the next crisis hits. The message inside says "Prepare three envelopes".
Friday, April 09, 2004
Some people just don't get itEver want to see what one loony pro-Israel (embarassing to the country) site is doing?See, some loony Israelis are really mad about Lebanon.Like with those Americans who are apoplectic about the US leaving Viet Nam, some Israelis believe they must hate Lebanon forever.The main revolutionary military group that drove Israel out is named Hezbollah. Hezbollah used a lot of terrorist style attacks on Israelis interests in Lebanon to acheive this victory.Hezbollah is accused of a couple 1992 attacks in Argentina, but other than that, their targets have been in Lebanon.Hezbollah runs schools, hospitals, and has a respected role in the government of Lebanon, at least according to some of the internally respected parties.Forget it, I explained what was going on, I'm not going to link to that loony after all.
Juan Cole Read My MindJ Cole's blog, Informed Comment, is a good place to check regularly. He even had the same Idea as I had, Translating Americana into Arabic. Of course, I wrote to drop T Jefferson's writing's, especially now. Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws. Donate to his project, and suggest the same work! Why? Wouldn't handing them Thomas Jefferson be insufferable? "Hi, wouldn't you like to see why we are so happy today, see how Great Americans are?" rather than the Frenchman, predating America, "See how great ideas are?"
Despite My Strongest InclinationsI do not believe, in an effort to get to the truth, that GW Bush, D Rumsfeld, RB Cheney, P Wolfowitz, G Tenet, C Rice, should be rendered to Jordan or Egypt.I do not believe the use of rubber hoses, or a sock with something in it, should be used on these criminals, in order to find the complete truth.That is what the bad guys do.
Horse PlatoonsNew York City has a Police Department, and it has lots of cops, in lots of roles. Some have beats, some have squad cars, some have motorcycles, some have motorscooters, and some have horses. There are six squads of horse cops in NYC.This is a small potatoes issue, but there should be no more horse cops in NYC.The reason they are there is for crowd control.I can certainly agree that the PD's horses are very specially trained for this type of activity. Under all regular protest situations, I fully trust that the horses will follow the controls of their riders, and effectively perform their jobs.However, something tells me that an action which is very possible, and possibly terrorist related, behind a line of horses doing crowd control over seated people (which I have seen), would result in people being crushed to death, in large numbers, by the horses.Until such time as they are replaced with twice the number of crowd control trained police officers with appropriate equipment, horse crowd control units can never be scheduled to be at a certain event, that is how to avoid being a terrorist target.
Thursday, April 08, 2004
The Marc Rich Pardon(I didn't have a blog then) What was it Marc Rich did again? Something about arms. Something about arms trades with Iran. Something about arms trades with Iran in the mid 1980s. Arms Trading With Iran in the Mid-1980s. There is something remotely familiar about that idea. Marc Rich didn't pay any taxes on his arms trades with Iran in the mid 1980s. Nope, nothing to see, move along. Geesh.
C Rice's Dumb MessageC Rice claims that there is a message in Iraq, for the Middle East. Let's look at that claim a moment. Is the message "For any reason, perhaps trumped up, America can invade you, kill any citizens who resist, at any stage, or who, using any authority, suggest others resist, and this is how you will become free." This is a dumb message. It is a message of terrorism. America's terrorism. Most people don't know the origin of terrorism, the French Reign of Terror of the Jacobites, led by Robespierre. In emulating the American Revolution, the French went way too far. They simply executed the aristocracy. Eventually, all of France was ruled by a committee of of the more radical revolutionaries (the milder party were Girondists, and they included some Aristocrats, like the mathematician, and marquis, Condorcet). In order to intimidate "enemies" of the French Revolution, Robespierre declared he had a list, a list of enemies of the State. Who was on the list? No one could learn. What was the evidence? That too, would be secret. Robespierre had prominent revolutionaries jailed and executed, based on the list, primarily people who disagreed politically. This threat, this palpable, vocal intimidation, is terrorism, in its original form. This is what GW Bush has done to the Middle East. This is what hate-filled right wing people do. Considering how low my opinions are of these people, they might feel intimidated by me, in which case they'd consider me a terrorist. Please don't be afraid. I am entirely non-violent, unless you strike at me.
In Praise of NixonAccording to a very knowledgable CIA critic, RM Nixon was the post-war President who tried to tackle the problem of a CIA run amok. No country with a CIA like our should be allowed to continue, unless that government is involved in rooting out this fascist evil. The former CIA people must be jailed, people like William Colby, if he is still alive. There is no other way to teach people a lesson. There is no other way for the rest of the world to know we are deadly serious.
Austrian School, Crackpots!Awesome debunking of every libertarian and supply side nutjob theory. Listen folks, the Austrian school of economics, the ones pushed by the RW Reagan and GW Bush administrations, is fucking evil, unless you are a Monarch, in which case you and your rich friends will get rich. The Austrian School is filled with RACISTS, SEXISTS, AND TOTAL FUCKING MORONS. LUDWIG VOS MISES IS THE LIBERTARIAN DREAM ECONOMIST, A RACIST, SEXIST MORON.
N SchwartzkopfIs a particularly admirable man. I wonder who was pushing him to "precipitous" action, early, in Iraq, during the first Gulf War. In his book, It Doesn't Take A Hero, and during the c-span booknotes interview following, he talked about officials in the administration of GHW Bush (the most decent Republican President since DD Eisenhower), who were pushing him to take drastic and immediate action, before the military was ready, in a way that lacked any military sense. I am guessing it is the same nutjobs that ran the Iraq war.
JF Kerry and J McCainI want JF Kerry to be President, and not GW Bush. J McCain is trying to get an important ANTI-PORK measure through Congress, and GW Bush has promised to stop it. JF Kerry has promised that J McCain will be handed the pen the second JF Kerry has signed the order. JF Kerry is already supporting J McCain's bill in the Senate.
Alan GreenspanFurther proof this guy is a fucking idiot. A quote from Alan Greenspan from 1966
The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit.... In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value.... Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the "hidden" confiscation of wealth.... [Gold] stands as a protector of property rights."Dear Mr. Fucking Moron Greenspan. Note, asshole, that inflation is as low as it has ever been. Note, shit-for-brains, that I can't imagine property rights being stronger. Corporations and their property have rights far exceeding those of even governments, now. MORON LIST
- Jude Wanniski (founder of Supply Side Economic theory, in its modern form)Alan GreenspanLudwig von Misesmy father