Category Archives: There Are Four Lights


Austerity will work this time.

Don’t Compare Us To Us

This probably has more to do with Josh pointing out during the Egyptian demonstration how AlJazeera’s coverage of the events reminded him of what CNN and The BBC used to be, than the topic at hand.

Of course the cable and network news outfits are at an ebb with me right now anyway. In their defense however, I think they have good reporters working with fewer resources which is why so much of its’ coverage has become Hanna-Barberraed. That is an opinion of course. I do think that as conservatives CNN does their best to be balanced in their coverage, but I do think they lean conservative. Josh however is moderately liberal, (so all the cards are on the table,) but almost anal retentive bout the facts.

One of the more interesting things about the blogs and blogosphere has been watching it evolve. TPM has gone from a reporter in a DC coffee shop to a pretty decent sized news business located in New York. It remains a go to site.

But I want to be clear here, I don’t much like anyone in the blogosphere, anymore than I like anyone on cable or network news channels. I can get impressions of likability from my vantage point, but what you see in their limited exposure may or may not be what you get if you work for/with these folks, or go to their house for a cup of hot water. (Since I am under the impression that only I know how to make a real cup of coffee.)

That being said, television has a great capacity to abuse its’ power, and as with all power it corrupts. Whether it corrupts the individuals or not is impossible to say from here, but it does corrupt the stories it tells, and in doing so corrupts the viewers understanding of the world around them. So I’ve cut them off.

Update: Case in point.

In The Nick Of Time

Second verse. Yesterday we had the cable yanked-

Cheerleaders, Pom Poms & Jocks With Wedgies

I don’t know why anyone expects the media, especially television media, to report on anything substantive, unless it may have been a “terrorist” blowing something up, or a traitorist revealing stuff the government doesn’t really want anyone to know, but then again, hope springs eternal.

Why anyone thinks the Democratic Party actually represents the Democratic base is starting to puzzle me too. I suppose it has to do with forming a viable third party, which would entail a hell of a lot of organizing that may or may not pay off, and something that would eventually devolve into a Tea Party maze of conflicting ideology without the benefit of a major party smart enough to be hypocritical enough to suborn it with the platitudes of common cause. The left has the peculiar disability of not being able to use tits and asses to front their cause, being above that sort of voyeuristic politics for the hormonal inflamed.

The Ends Justify The Means

About all I’ve learned from the Wikileaks releases, or the bank bailouts, Iraqi war, etc. etc. So there is nothing new under the sun. There are some interesting details, but nothing one couldn’t have discovered or deduced from reading the tubez.

JMHO, but I think in the end the theft of public funds for failed banks is a far bigger crime, and also one that is greatly under reported by the corporate medias, and far more important than discovering that Saudi Arabia wants to protect its’ oil fields from Iran and its’ own minority population. If one were to notice, they wish us to do that for them even as they finance terrorists, which really isn’t anything new, historically speaking.

There are drawbacks to empire besides the corrupting of democratic institutions, but if you are really interested in how Rome fell, read the newspapers. Solomon’s Ashtoreth pole is in your head, and whither your head is, so shall the pole be found to be.

And Look!

In the house of Dagon, a long haired one has chained himself to the main columns, and there is a rocking to and fro.

And You should not have crushed the weak ones and the poor ones under Your feet, and you should not have perverted justice in the very gates of the city.


The greater Satan, Fox is reporting on the administrations refusal to release a report that could help in the defense of the Fort Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan,

“How do you put a guy on trial for his life without giving his defense full discovery?” Galligan told Fox. “No one in their right mind would dispute that the report (the White House report) is relevant.” Galligan said some news reports suggest that the disclosure of some classified information relating to case would hurt the prosecution.

“I read that as being potentially beneficial to the defense,” he said.

You know this is the second administration that steadfastly refuses to live by the rule of law.

I’m sorry, but it is not OK when we do it anymore than when they do.


A Little Help On The Right

Antiwar remains true to all of the libertarian principles it has espoused for the last thirteen years or so online, and while I disagree with their economics, their coverage of anti war news and developments has been phenomenal.

And that is the point. They aren’t pacifists, they are anti stupid. I’m sure they want limited government more than Teatards could even begin to bluff, but they are also realists, that could use some coin.

For those of you absolutely clueless about civics and government:

IT’S A FUCKING EMPIRE! By any and all definitions. How small do you really think it can be?

Transparency Needed

A look at over classification.

Frankly, combatants who have been intensely watching U.S. and coalition forces and engaging them in combat for the better part of a decade are not very likely to learn much from dated American after-action reports. The insurgents and sectarian groups in Iraq own the human terrain; they know who U.S. troops are meeting with, when they meet them and where. There is very little that this level of reporting is going to reveal to them that they could not already have learned via observation. Remember, these reports do not deal with highly classified human-intelligence or technical-intelligence operations.


Or you can believe your own lying eyes. Heh. So much for the narrative.

– Artificially Inflate Your Numbers: “Spread out in the hall and try to be in the front half. The objective is to put the Rep on the defensive with your questions and follow-up. The Rep should be made to feel that a majority, and if not, a significant portion of at least the audience, opposes the socialist agenda of Washington.”

– Be Disruptive Early And Often: “You need to rock-the-boat early in the Rep’s presentation, Watch for an opportunity to yell out and challenge the Rep’s statements early.”

Inwhich Erick Cantor And I Agree

Like Erick says,

What we’re talking about, Debbie, you have 10 percent, if that, of the population who are now in a foreclosure situation or in a mortgage that they have been unable to meet the obligations… Now, come on, people have to take responsibility for themselves. We need to get the housing industry going again. We don’t need government intervening in every step of every aspect of this economy.

After all a rolling loan gathers no loss,

Some banks have a special technique for dealing with business borrowers who can’t repay loans coming due: Give them more time, hoping things improve and they can repay later.

I guess charity doesn’t begin with homes.

If The Tea Party Is So Anti-Government

Why are they trying to take it over?

A lot has happened since then, but the fact remains that over the past 40 years, conservatives have become expert at dressing up their causes with a sort of maverick hipness that helps sell their political agenda. The serious question is whether the Tea Partiers, or predecessors like the militia movement or the Libertarian Party, really are anti-government. Because we could all do with some clarity as to what these people really want.

The most obvious evidence is the size of the federal government.

It doesn’t really matter what the small government activists want, I tend to think they are sincere in their beliefs, but the fact is the government grows under any president and no matter who controls the Congress because the politicians grow their pet projects and try to cut the other sides. But they make no serious effort to reduce their own power and influence, since they peddle influence to enrich themselves. Even Glenn Beck can understand that.

So long as roughly 26% of eligible voters constitute a political majority, with nearly half of the eligible voters either not voting or remaining unregistered, there is always the ballast of public opinion to counterweight any populous uprising no matter how well intentioned and sincere.

If the roughly 48% of Americans eligible to vote ever do become politically energized then things will move in serious and unexpected directions which the political system as construed today could not contain. It is this group of people that actually prevent anything from ever changing in DC. It is also this group of people that professional politicians count on for public opinion support even as they do their utmost to keep them politically inactive in every other way.

The old saying, “if you don’t vote you don’t count,” is quite false. It is the ballast of the state.