Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Video Proves -- Tea Partiers Are B-B-B-Birthers!

This video is being posted as a "video response" on tea party YouTube channels:

In case you couldn't stand to watch the badgering and lack of meaningful dialog to the bitter end, I'll summarize it for you. The interviewer has two or three questions for unprepared tea partiers. A pattern emerges (paraphrasing):
Interviewer: "Do you believe that Barack Obama was born in the USA?"
Tea partier: "I dunno."
Interviewer: "He says he is. Do you believe him?"
Tea partier: "No."

Conclusion: Tea partiers are b-b-b-birthers! That conclusion misses the point. The real conclusion should be that tea partiers don't trust Barack Obama. That should come as no surprise, and here's why: In stark contrast to 'progressives', most tea partiers believe that The Constitution of the United States is still the official specification for the USA; that it is still the binding contract between We the People and the US Government; and that any regime that denigrates, distorts or disregards The Constitution is untrustworthy and dangerous.

In a few instances in the video, the badger interviewer followed up (paraphrasing):
Interviewer: "Why don't you believe him?"
Tea partier: "He lies."
Interviewer: "What does he lie about? Name one lie he has told!"
Tea partier: (unintelligible)

I was disappointed that no tea partier responded with something like, "Hello! How about the oath of office? As his very first official act, President Obama swore an oath to God and everybody to uphold and defend The Constitution. The very document that he cunningly denigrates as the fundamental flaw in American politics. The very document that as president, he immediately proceeded to distort and disregard. Barak Obama's oath of office was a pants on fire moment!" So, tea partiers don't trust Barack Obama. Or maybe we do, but not with our liberty.

Obama's unwillingness to take concerns about his constitutional eligibility seriously gives 'progressives' just another loose thread to further unravel constitutional government. They coined the pejorative term "Birther" to discredit anyone who demands that a presidential candidate produce credible evidence that s/he is constitutionally eligible to serve. That should be fundamental, not fringe! The birth certificate is merely one element of Barack Obama's entire crypto-synthetic history. Playing cat and mouse with his credentials is to Obama's political benefit, but it is to the detriment of We the People and the general welfare of the United States. That is not trustworthy behavior.

It isn't just Barack Obama though. G. W. Bush and Republicans in the legislature were none too strict either, constitutionally speaking. But it was in 2006, when the balance of power in Washington, D.C. shifted entirely to the Democrats, that we really came off the rails. In fact, the tea parties got their name from a rant by Rick Santelli on CNBC. So anybody who tries to label the tea partiers as b-b-b-birthers is completely (and deliberately) missing the point.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Pessimistic Thomas Jefferson

I was thinking about current events, and the extreme divergence of our government from The Constitution, and the dramatic infringement on private property rights at all levels of government, and it made me think of a couple of quotes from Thomas Jefferson:
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. ~ Thomas Jefferson
For whatever reasons, the government that Jefferson helped to design, is no longer working the way he and Madison, et. al., intended. I don't think he would be surprised, but I don't think he would be happy with the current situation either. I do think he would be surprised that what they created, lasted as long as it did.
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe. ~ Thomas Jefferson
I think this describes our present situation. I wonder what kind of government the founders would have devised to counteract that, if any. Given that the founders believed that a virtuous populace and honest politicians were essential to self-government, I wonder if the necessary conditions for their constitutional republic still exist.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Green Thing

From an email circulating the Internet:
In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day." The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right, that generation didn't have the green thing in its day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But they didn't have the green thing back in that customer's day. In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

But she was right. They didn't have the green thing in her day. Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts - wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right; they didn't have the green thing back in her day. Back then, they had one TV or radio, in the house - not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; they didn't have the green thing back then. They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn't have the green thing back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint. But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were, just because they didn't have the green thing back then?
We might be more "wasteful" in some sense, today than we were 40 years ago, but our environment is actually cleaner than it was back then. Don't be fooled; the environment is not a cause, it's a tool -- used by watermelons to destroy the American way of life. The free market, with millions of people voting with their dollars in their own personal best interest, will converge on the best solutions for the environment -- but it won't grant political power to sanctimonious elites who want to control the situation. And therein lies the problem.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Massive Security Breach, or Intentional Chaos?

Whenever the Obama Regime does something that doesn't make sense, or seems hopelessly crass, stupid or inept, look at it through the lens of creating chaos. Political power flows from chaos, because We the People will beg for tyranny, just to replace the chaos.

From an email circulating the web:
Subject: Massive Security Breach

How could this administration allow the spectacular military raid that killed Osama Bin Laden be marginalized by the massive security breach (immediate disclosure of all information about this raid to the world) that served only to enhance the poll numbers of a president responsible for our national security?

By spilling his guts to the world Obama grasped defeat from the jaws of victory!

Obama could have gotten all the glory he wanted if he just could have given the military and intelligence community only a few more days to exploit the “mother Lode” of information we gained during this raid before he had to brag to the world about his heroic deeds!

The more I hear about the Osama Bin Laden raid the more concerned I become about the motives and the competence of this administration. Let me tell you why!

The first thing we should be concerned about with this massive outflowing of information about the raid is our lost opportunity to dramatically disrupt the arl-Qaida organization.

It is now being reported that we got the “Mother Lode” of information during the raid.

For the head of a terrorist organization using only couriers to communicate with others it seems axiomatic that this is what we should have expected. The three types of information we got most probably include:
  1. The locations of Osama Bin Laden’s immediate subordinates (the people most likely in line to take over as the leaders of al-Qaida upon the death of Osama Bin Laden… couriers had to have this information).
  2. Planning information on future operations (details about all major terrorist attacks planned for the foreseeable future).
  3. Misc. matters necessary for al-Qaida to function (financing, communications, continuity of operation plans, organizational structures, strength, recruiting, training and standard operating procedures).
Common sense also tells us several other things that anyone could predict before the operation took place:
  1. If we said absolutely nothing after the raid no one in al-Qaida would know what happened. No one in al-Qaida, except the couriers, apparently knew where Osama Bin Laden lived. The Pakistan government, or any individuals who happened to know, could not admit they knew he lived there... at least in the media. If they protested the incursion and the downed helicopter we could apologize for a failed operation or whatever. If anyone knew Osama Bin Laden lived there they wouldn’t know whether he got away or anything at all… unless we spilled our guts, as we have done about the operation.
  2. We would have a short period of time to exploit the “mother lode” of information we had just seized. The courier set-up Osama Bin Laden used would not work as the couriers were dead. It would take some time for al-Qaida members to find out what happened. When they heard anything they would not know much for some time and there would be a lot of doubt and confusion throughout the organization. If and when they did learn something definitive there would be a mass flurry of communication and our electronic surveillance apparatus would get some great information and leads. A lot of good things would happen. In contrast a lot of bad things will happen because we have laid everything out in great detail in the media that is going to every al-Qaida member in real time!
  3. We could dramatically disrupt the entire al-Qaida organization in a number of very substantive ways in a very short time. We could do many things in a very short time to exploit a lot of this information before anyone in al-Qaida could react, such as take out all the likely leaders to succeed Osama Bin Laden, seize al-Qaida funds around the world, disrupt or kill people in cells on the verge of committing terrorist attacks, etc. They wouldn’t know what happened until it was all over!
I cannot imagine any of our military leaders or the people in the CIA not recommending to the president to keep his mouth shut for at least a short time to allow time to see what info we had and see what we could do before all the al-Qaida personnel relocated, transferred all the money out of existing accounts, etc. If our military and intelligence leaders didn’t make such recommendations they should be fired.

The country should be outraged at Obama throwing our country under the buss for a little good press and about a 9% immediate gain in the polls! Besides, he could have gotten even better press if he was smart enough to have held up this information for about two months and then been able to tell the world:
  1. Osama Bin Laden was killed in a spectacular military raid, and…
  2. We have killed the five most likely terrorists in the line of succession to take over al-Qaida, and…
  3. 80% of al-Qaida financial assets have been seized, and…
  4. We have disrupted four major future terrorist attacks against ourselves and our allies in our war against terrorism, and etc., etc.!
The second thing we should be concerned about with this massive outflowing of information about the raid is the dramatic increase in al-Qaida’s operational capabilities to avoid our future intelligence gathering capabilities.

Every day more of the details are put out about how we got the information that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden. We are also telling them exactly where, when and how they screwed up or had a lapse in security that let us break the case.

All this information is a wonderful guide to them on what they need to change to eliminate detection. If we think it was hard to track down their leaders before, wait until we try it the next time. Let us look a t what happened the last time a president wanted to raise his poll numbers a bit. One of the reasons we had such a hard time finding Osama Bin Laden this time and a major reason we got surprised on 9-11 was because President Clinton disclosed that we were monitoring Osama Bin Laden’s satellite cell phone about the time of the Monica saga. After that small disclosure Osama Bin Laden stopped using his satellite phone and all electronic devices. He then went to the courier system and allowed few if anyone except a trusted courier even to know his location. After that almost all information from him completely dried up. If this disclosure of highly classified information had not happened we might have known about 9-11 in advance, the twin towers might be standing and 3,000 lives might not have been lost, not to even mention the cost of the wars that followed. As they said during WWII, Loose lips sink ships!

The Bottom Line:

Because Obama couldn’t wait for a very short timeA to see his poll numbers go up and brag about a military success at a later time:
  1. Al Qaida gained valuable information that will provide them time to modify compromised operational plans and reposition leaders and assets.
  2. The US was prevented from scoring as decisive and extremely damaging a blow against al-Qaida as would otherwise been possible without this security breach.
  3. Al-Qaida was provided valuable information about their operational security failures.
  4. All of the above will most assuredly enhance terrorist operations against us in the future at the cost of many American lives.
It is sickening to me to see Obama basking in success when he apparently has been an impediment rather than an asset to the country. He has ripped the possibility of one of the most successful military operations we have had in recent times from the jaws of victory and greatly diminished the brilliant efforts of our outstanding military force!
Heinlein's razor states, "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity, but don't rule out malice". I think we're all too quick to rule out malice. As Rahm Emanuel said, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste". It's all we need to know about this regime.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Japanese Nuclear Threat VII

I'm still seeing irresponsible sensationalized reports from the pathetic mainstream media. If you want intelligent, informed information about Fukushima and nuclear energy technology in general, go to the department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT instead.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Obama Got Osama? No, American Armed Forces Did.

Osama Bin Laden has been a dead man since days after 09/11/01. The only thing we lacked was a body, which took about a decade to attain bunker temperature.

MSNBC said "Baraq Obama has achieved what two previous presidents failed to do". That doesn't square with the actual history of the situation. Bill Clinton had a clear shot at Bin Laden prior to 9/11, and failed to take it, on the advice of his legal beagles. It was Clinton administration policy that crippled our intelligence capability to connect the dots leading up to 9/11. The Bush administration was thus caught by surprise on 9/11, and it defined Bush's entire presidency -- much to the consternation of the illiberals. Bin Laden has been a marked man ever since, and during the intervening decade, he was completely unable to coordinate any Al Qaeda operations.

Congratulations to our armed forces for completing the mission that started on 09/12/01. Congratulations to Baraq Hussein Obama for allowing the military to complete their mission.