Monthly Archives: June 2009

Data streaming keeps things screaming moving moving moving moving,
moving moving moving moving, just moving moving moving moving,
moving moving moving moving, moving moving moving moving, in time,
data stop systems pop poke blue screen reboot data off base, whoops
walk away say oh say what I heard was.

Zero Return On Investments

For those who think only in denominated scraps of paper, let me go ahead and say I’ve made 36 cents from the blog, and you may go now.

Iranian Internal Fractures

Interesting article of background.

I think it points out the difference in expectations of the streets, and the reality of the elites. But it doesn’t point out any of the other elements of Iranian political activity still remaining from the days of the Shah. So there are a lot of wheels within wheels rolling, whose influence and reach remain unknown.

The President of the United States has better information than I do, but given what the rest of us know, he is correct in remaining aloof. This is not the Berlin Wall, nor can it be compared to the cold war where protagonists were well known, and goals and methodology were fairly obvious.

Heavy Meddle Education Day

emptywheel flushes the neocon toilet,

That said, this whole debate about meddling, right now, is about war, not about a peaceable show of democracy. Pence and Cantor and McCain and Lieberman–and people like Michael Ledeen, which ought to raise hackles right away–are trying to push Obama to say something that will imply a promise to those protesting in Iran that if things get violent (which is already happening and was predictable even ignoring the possibility that CIA is funding some of this), we’ll come in to break up the violence. As Hisham Melhem pointed out on Diane Rehm on Friday (just after 40:00, but all guests discuss this in a useful way from 33:30 to 42:00), we have promised democracy activists in Iraq and Hungary in the past, yet not delivered.

Quick Update: That would explain this, it’s the catapulting of the propaganda.

Sacks of Gold for Goldman Sachs

Buy you a diamond ring,

Staff at Goldman Sachs staff can look forward to the biggest bonus payouts in the firm’s 140-year history after a spectacular first half of the year, sparking concern that the big investment banks which survived the credit crunch will derail financial regulation reforms.

A lack of competition and a surge in revenues from trading foreign currency, bonds and fixed-income products has sent profits at Goldman Sachs soaring, according to insiders at the firm.

Liberty, Democracy, and the Necessity of Order

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Our Founding Fathers declared America religiously neutral, sons of the enlightenment, and because it already had a large diversity of Christian denominations that did not wish to support heretics with government money, prohibited the establishment of a state religion in the Constitution.

I have shown how I felt towards the reports of demonstrations for redress of grievances in Iran, but I have not heard or seen an articulated statement of goals either. Without an intellectual argument, emotions cool.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The first right is necessary to the last two, so water the tree of liberty wisely, the fruit is worth the patience.

We Americans have demonstrated our patience over the last eight years, not by looking back but forward. Most of that is because the pursuit of happiness invariable devolves to Blighty’s basic rights and ours, that we brought with us as an in inheritance, and the pursuit of property that Mr. Jefferson pinched from Locke, all of which makes us optimistic about the future. But happiness is vague and general, which liberated science and the arts, which I am free to use to communicate with, and take the liberty to do so, with mixed results. It is harder being the milk of human kindness than you might think.

All things then, need to take place in an orderly fashion. The failure of mankind to regulate himself individually or as groups requires the state to do so, just as it has for thousands of years. It really is that simple. Sometimes the nation state is religious, sometimes it is not, for states evolve to meet the needs of their own ruling elite’s. In democracy that is the people, and we the people have no doubt that that means me.

Kudos to CNN

I have spent most of the day switching between the two cable news outlets I pay to receive, CNN and FOX. CNN seems to have found it journalistic legs, and is being very honest about its’ sourcing and methodology, which not only informs its’ viewers of the limits of journalism, but its’ process on a complex issue.

FOX continues to try to tie their coverage to domestic political considerations, with Iran as a side show of that coverage. It is an old and foolish king that has become so wise in his own eyes not learn any more.

Just To Be Clear

I still think the President has taken the proper position for the American government to hold. There is a huge difference between what I, as a citizen of America and of the world can and should do, and what the President of the United States, or the United States government, can and should do.

The principle of non interference in the internal affairs of other nations does not preclude me from expressing an opinion of those developments when they occur, especially when it those developments make any attempt at preemptive war against Iran more difficult for the President’s domestic political adversaries.

I wait with bated breathe John McCain’s rendition of “Barbara Ann” now.

Tough Decision

I have decided to show my support for the Iranian people who are risking their lives and livelihoods to peacefully effect a change in their government.

The Iranian people should be proud of the restraint shown by one and all in the current situation, you are a credit to the human race, and to human civilization.

I Could Apologize

I could explain myself and what I am doing to water spider readers too, those wonders of literacy that do not delve below the surface of any of the words written on any page. I would have to apologize for having continued to read after high school too. None of this, in MHO, makes me better than anyone else, even though I do make use of it all here on the blog, the truth is that not everything should be written or read like a novel or a newspaper.

I still have a great deal of respect for most journalists in spite of what I say about them and their collective. It is story telling, and some of them put themselves in great danger to tell that story, but that doesn’t mean that the story is an accurate picture of the event being reported either. Journalist suffer the same, “see what you want to see, hear what you want to hear,” defect as everyone else, with the added disability of being shown what someone else in authority wants them to see, and telling them what they want them to hear. Hence the stenography of some reporters.

To be honest I don’t think anyone who knows the ins and outs of Reagan’s October surprise or Iran Contra read about it in a newspaper or heard it on the television. Perhaps they should have, but most important stories don’t lend themselves well to the format of newspapers and television either. So every scandal since Iran Contra has been dodged by the rubric of complexity and we have had thirty years of corrupt government as a result.

It isn’t the fault of the reporters and their employer that their readers don’t dig into topics being raised in the media. But what has developed is a population that is partially informed of many events, which are exploited time after time by politicians using rhetoric, which any well read person should understand can be used to prove anything or disprove everything, and depending on how under informed the intended audience is, the degree of difficulty in effective rhetoric.

An appeal to patriotism is almost always an appeal to ignorance, and is almost always carried by newspapers and television, which by extension, makes dissent unpatriotic and dissenters and the media adversarial. I happen to have a low tolerance for people being killed over bullshit, including photographs that have no relevance to anything but principles, (which are more ideals than facts of history,) or fears of what could happen if we don’t do something to prevent our own hypothetical scenarios from occurring.

I hate your fucking wars, and I hate your vicarious certitudes about them, and the more you inflame the passions of the under informed for wars you cannot or will not explain, the more I hate you.

Yeah, I could apologize.

Rendezvous With Destiny

Our Founding Fathers declared America religiously neutral, sons of the enlightenment, and because it already had a large diversity of Christian denominations that did not wish to support heretics with government money.

In My Heart Of Hearts

I hope that Iranian people emulate the patience of the American people over the last eight years. Liberty is worth living for too.

More Like This

Hannity had Jim Nantz on his show, who tells a compelling story about telling the story, and how he views it all.