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I am retired from government, law enforcement, politics and all other pointless endeavors. I eat when I am hungry and sleep when I am tired.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

POST TRUTH

How does one communicate in the near-total absence of Republican virtue among either the public or the media? This seems like a gross overstatement but it reflects what I see and read every day.  It's become a trial to get through any news broadcast without switching to another in disgust. The discovery of facts has given way to insinuation and spin on all fronts.

Regarding the US President, many President's have been vilified in the past.  I think President Johnson was the first to be stripped of his title in conversation.  He became "Johnson."  At the time this seemed to me as a first glimpse of a polity willing to disregard elected officials right to the dignity of their offices. Surely even a child can see the difference between an office and an office holder? Making this distinction is at the heart of how any republic survives.  "Nixon" followed by "Jimmy" Carter, Reagan, etc., each a bit less honored than the last.  We have come to the point where large swaths of the public no longer consider elected officials illegitimate except by virtue of public/media acclaim.  This is dangerous for obvious reasons. It is now a practice to deny presidential action even in the face of precedence and common sense. 

This is all the more dangerous when society itself divides into two mutually antagonistic cultures.  This is what we have become.  We are a country where we really have little or nothing in common among a wide swath of issues and norms.

This is why I have difficulty writing about discrete public issues.  What is the nature of the good when the only criteria are whether a given act is good for one's own cultural tribe?  We cannot engage in honest debate if the only issue is Cue Bono?  I fear that it is down to this, either one side or the other wins.

For my own part, I have always been a man of the right.  I do not see how any society can survive under the guidance of a faction that totally relies on critique and division to govern and prosper. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

I AM BACK AGAIN

After a long break, I am back online.  I have moved to a new location and am writing again. looking forward to sharing and your responses.  Who knows, some of you might even hit the contribution button. 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

GOODBYE SYRIA

Can we really be withdrawing our forces from Syria?  Could anything so wise be happening?  It seems so.  President Trump, that tragically flawed messenger for sensible policy is pulling the plug on Obama's, or perhaps I should say, Hillary's pathetic adventure in Middle East warmongering.  So what has been achieved?

The Kurds have yet again been set up for failure in their quest for a state of their own. No surprise here, as they have always paid the price for association with us.  After all our bombing and blustering and advising, they still sit between Assad's Syria and Erdogan's Turkey.  Neither are disposed to make nice.  We have used the Kurds shamelessly for many decades and just as often washed our hands of them. We are their only hope for assistance so they make the same forlorn calculation over and over.

It's hard not to sympathize, but surely the question that must be asked is, why is their fate an American interest?  Do the Kurds offer us a means to defend an American interest? Wouldn't a free Kurdistan under our protection be another Israel; a permanent impediment to good relations in the region and beyond?

 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

HOOVERING UP THAT SCIENCE STUFF

Margeret Hoover is at it again, with her debased version of Bill Buckley's old Firing Line show. This time her guest was Neal deGrasse Tyson.  Tyson is the latest in a line of bores lecturing the rest of us in the name of science as though he is qualified to speak on matters far beyond his specialty.  Unlike Bill Nye, he is an actual scientist so there is that at least.  He was an early acolyte of the Canadien Marxist science popularizer Carl Sagan thus establishing a pedigree of sorts.

Tyson doesn't actually teach science so much as harangue humanity at large for clinging to religious or philosophical or other points of view that he himself doesn't like.  He is on record as rejecting philosophy out of hand and he is a ferocious enemy of religion, particularly Christianity.  Thus Tyson is right out of central casting for the role of Science Savant.  He is a minority creature of the establishment preaching against the remnants of an older order. 

The hoards of self-important ninnies who keep PBS alive need to think of themselves as a cognitive elite.  They need their prejudices confirmed about what they know without going to the trouble of submitting to the discipline of finding out truths on their own.  This is why PBS and NPR are so crammed with generalists and explainers spoon-feeding bogus "consensus" science, sociological and economic "Facts," to all the government workers, school teachers, and other drones dependant on public media for their self-respect. 

Tyson flatters his viewers' self-regard by making snide attacks on flat-earthers, Bible believers and of course climate change deniers. Precisely how these beliefs harm our civilization or undermine material progress is left unsaid.  He seems to assume that as long as any percentage of the public holds unorthodox views, these views will corrupt the decisionmaking of national leaders.  History is not Tyson's strength. Since when has general ignorance deterred the powerful from pressing ahead with discovery?  Did general illiteracy silence the Rennaisance?   

It's noteworthy that Tyson "....never advises political leaders," and never debates anyone.  If he did, he would be on record, hence linked with a course of action that might fail.  If he debated, he might lose.

It's telling that for all his verbiage about scientific results, he never seems to address the one thing absolutely necessary for a public understanding of those results, Logic.  Why is this? As a science popularizer, one would think that the application of logical reasoning to evaluate the torrent of scientific information would be a passion of his.  Perhaps he considers logic, as a branch of Philosophy out of bounds?

Let's be honest, Tyson and Nye and Sagan before them are in the business of making the aging Baby Boomers feel good about matters they don't really understand.


Friday, September 7, 2018

CONSERVATIVES NEED A POPE

Just caught Herbert Hoover's granddaughter on PBS interviewing J.D. Greer, head of the Southern Baptist Convention. It was the kind of interview given to UFO believers or other dubious cranks. So what's happening here?  Now that the memory of Bill Buckley is receding from memory, the little pink people at PBS decided to resurrect his old show Firing Line.  Only this time, they substitute Hoover's fatuous GOP establishment geisha for Buckley's acerbic provocateur.  One needn't know Hoover's history or the original show to see immediately just how bogus any conservative connection is.  Hoover, who is a "Gay rights activist" and "Feminist"* and need I say, a former Bush II White House drone. She put one tendentious question after another to Pastor Greer as though the Baptists are some disreputable new cult whose bizarre beliefs need to be challenged before they catch on.  I think CNN has their own click-bate pseudo conservative hottie working the same patch called, C.C. Cupp. She looks much better than Hoover as well.

    

Remember, this is PBS's "Conservative" show. It runs on Friday evening so one can catch it right after you take in the wisdom of another house "Conservative" pundit David Brooks.  Brooks is one of the New York Times' house conservatives, meaning he is no conservative at all.  He is also a neocon Never Trumper and all around crypto-Israeli.  Yet he identifies as a conservative because he works for the Times and the only organized "Conservatives" are non-conservative Neo's with their own ties and alien allegiances.

We actual conservatives let this happen.  We don't build, fund and support our own institutions.  We offend the Capitalists we defend so much they won't give us a dime.  So our enemies and imposters can actually impersonate us in our own country.

Obviously, we need a Pope!  Well, OK, not an actual pope, but is it beyond the wit of man to at least call out the phonies getting rich impersonating us?

* Simple Google search.  She lays it all out there.   
       


Thursday, August 16, 2018

OH OMAROSA, WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?

Memory can be a semi-reliable faculty at best.  For days now I have been looking for a half-remembered Omarosa Manigault -Trenton NJ connection.  I could swear there was one but alas, neither I or anyone I know could find it.

That led me to other questions.  Omarosa's bathetic career of invitations to high-level employment, bad behavior and ejections are now before the public in high detail.  First, she was a Vice Presidential staffer with Gore, then a White House aide and finally a Commerce Department employee. Her falling in with President Trump's lowlife reality TV ensemble cast is too well known to include here.

Googling Omarosa brings up numerous treatments sounding like they all came from the same source.  Gore's former staff are not shy about her intractable, disruptive behavior.  She comes across as the dysfunctional schemer she so transparently is on first sight. Like much in the public eye, this is reported as the obvious masquerading as deep insight.

So far as I can discover, no one asked or answered the following question, how the hell did she get a job on Al Gore's staff?  How did this neurotic virago advance to the Vice Presidents Office?  In New York Police parlance, "Who was her Rabbi?" Who did the Clinton Campaign feel obligated to?  Or, was there some personal trait or service she rendered?

We'll never know unless a news source with sources of its own drills down a bit.  Omarosa doesn't appear to have been able to deliver the two indispensable political necessities, money or votes.  She was from Ohio and perhaps she had a connection able to deliver black votes in this swing state. It would be nice to know just what that connection was.

My own theory is this.  Both parties expect little in the way of either competence or team play from blacks.  As an old elected boss of mine confided " They (Black Republicans) always have their hand out (for money) every time I meet them."  In my experience, the level of mutual cynicism between blacks and politicians is so steep that looking for honest players among either would be like looking for albinos at the beach.  That said, our current reality demands black faces in every group picture.  With the worst of Blacks to choose from, Omarosas are to be found everywhere.  I've had to work with them in state government.  A Division Director who fell asleep at his own staff meetings, A Deputy Director caught driving voters to the polls in his state car, (complete with state markings), budget staff who could not comprehend their mission, etc., I've worked through them all.

Of course, no one can or will admit this is the case. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

OVER THE EDGE

I am not easily shocked.  Congressmen declaring an elected President illegitimate does it.  Can they mean us to take them seriously?  If so they are declaring civil war.  The same goes for declaring that the sitting President is a knowing agent of a foreign power. 

What this proves to my mind is that both the hostile elites and their colleagues in the establishment press have simply given up on rational argument.  Proof is no longer necessary when you can just calumniate enemies with conspiracy fantasies.  Holding such fantasies is embarrassing, pretending they are solid news while perpetuating them without proof is an offense.  Simply put, this is political warfare.   

The establishment press has always had its own biases.  The passing of the last old New Deal journalists, their replacement by lefty Baby Boomer  hacks and now their transmission of control to spoiled ignorant activists got us here.  I can't help loathing and pitying these smirking, self-assured JSchool empty suits.  They are cutting off the branch upon which they sit. They are bringing forth a journalism sans rational, logical testing.  And what is journalism without some reflective modesty?  Such "Journalism" is mere propaganda.  As we can see every night on CNN and MSNBC etc., you don't need to be smart or talented to do it.

It would be entertaining to see them fall in the collapse they are causing except that they may fall on MY head.

The delusional, irresponsible verbiage we hear from The Congress comes most from the minority Democrats who have never been held to account by their party for their enormities of both corruption and inanity. Now there are too many of them to deny or correct. Like the false journalists, they are too stupid to understand that by turning a branch of government into their publicly funded racket, they destroy the only thing that gives them any stature.  When they push the nation into crisis, who do they think will protect them?