The Things Liberals “Know” That Aren’t Necessarily So

The Blue Assumptions

Among those blue-state voters who do put some effort into their politics, I find there are four mistaken assumptions about government that guide their thinking. Government is an exercise of authority, so it’s wise to have a clear understanding of the nature of authority before voting to expand government.The first, and perhaps most dangerous, assumption is that authority confers virtue. This seems to have become rooted in the American psyche after the exhilaration of victory in World War II, and the perceived success of the New Deal. Many people automatically assume liberal politicians are selfless servants of the people, who only want what is best for everyone. The media actively cultivates this mindset through its worship of bold Big Government initiatives, and the heroic statesmen who make them possible. If solving the problems of society is a noble endeavor, and the only solutions are titanic government programs, then the proponents of such programs must be noble!

And remember tow other things as well. Just because something is desirable doesn’t meant it is possible; and because things are possible doesn’t mean they are desirable.

“Progress” may take you places you don’t want to go.

“Clueless” Describes Our Entire Intelligence Apparatus.

RealClearPolitics – Video – Napolitano Most Surprised By “Determination Of al-Qaeda”

Question: What was the most shocking, stunning thing that you found out of the review? And, Secretary, to you, as well.SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: I think, following up on that, not just the determination of al Qaeda and al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula, but the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack, as opposed to a large conspiracy or a multi-person conspiracy such as we saw in 9/11, that is something that affects intelligence.

You mean that the tactic of the “suicide bomber” surprised them?

I guess that’s not too surpising when you consider that our inteeligence agencies were taken by surprise by the the Iranian Revolution, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of Hugo Chavez, pretty much anything the North Koreans do, the first WTC bombing, the embassy bombings, the USS Cole, Khobar Towers, 9/11, the lack of WMD in Iraq, the Iraqi resistance,…..pretty much any important development in the world in the past 50 years.

So, they didn’t see this coming? It probably would have been more surprising if they had.

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

Tensions Increase as Poor Nations Stage a Protest – WSJ.com

COPENHAGEN — Tempers flared Monday at the United Nations climate summit as poor nations staged a walkout to protest what they called inadequate aid offers from rich countries, and the U.S. and China jockeyed for position.

Hang on to your waistcoat and pocket-watch. We’re in definite “Alice in Wonderland” territory here, folks.

We have the “poor” countries, which mean the countries that are run by various dictators and oligarchs, walking out of the “Climate Conference” because they aren’t being promised enough free money from countries with economies that work.

I guess all that “Aid” money that has been given to them hasn’t helped and they need more. Gee, maybe it’s because you invested your aid money in your relatives and cronies businesses and off shore bank accounts? You know, the same place you plan to “invest” this money?

And who is going to administer these trillions of dollars to insure that it’s not going to disappear into a haze of corruption?

Why that would be the UN! You remember, the folks that did such a bang-up job of administering the Oil-for-Food money that ended up in Saddam Hussein’s treasury?

OK, if you’re so worried about this “Global Warming” thing and think that we should be funding developing countries (they’ve been ‘developing’ since the 1950’s but never seem to arrive. I wonder why?) to become “green”, how about you send them all your money?

Or are you some kind of International cheapskate that hates poor people and wants them to starve or die from too much CO2?

I’m generous, if you can convince me that this really needs to be done, I am willing to send every cent that Al Gore has. What could be more generous than that? If it’s not enough I could be persuaded to send along all the money that Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry have. (Which would include their spouse’s money, because I believe that families should share) Maybe I could even be convinced to tap the Kennedy’s? But they have to keep some for drug and alcohol treatment, and defense lawyers, so there would be limits.

Actually, I just waiting to see how far things go before the torches and pitchforks come out. I wonder if I could corner the market on tar and feathers for when the politicians come home to explain to the voters why it would be a good thing to borrow more money from our good friends the Chinese, in order to give the money back to the Chinese to finance the ‘green’ replacements for all those CO2 spewing coal power plants they’ve been feverishly building over the last decade?

What a deal for the Chinese. They buy our bonds, for which we commit to paying them back with interest. Then we take that money anf give it back to them. I wonder? Do you have to be Chinese to get deals like this?

Commenters

On the KGW Channel 8 in Portland’s website there is a comment who recently started showing up in the comments section to various news stories. He is very good.

He writes in the style of the extreme left commenter but if you read his comments closely they resemble Frank J’s “In My World” series which is one of the great satirical series of the Internet.

For example, here is the comment he left on a story regarding the protests againsst Prop 8 in Portland.

Once again this site is overloaded with the Reich-Wing hate from the Judaic/Christian playbook sponsored by the RepubliKKKan monsters who were thankfully cashiered by the enlightened electorate on November 4th.

But then the joyous celebration stopped.

With the exception of Massachusetts and Connecticut, the rest of the country continues to elect the right people, but then does a 180 degree turn and rolls back the clock to the dark days of Jim Crow, Poll taxes, separate toilets and water fountains, and jingoistic patriotic Irving Berlin songs.

What will it take for these homophobic parasites to realize that marriage, as well as morality, is an individual choice fully recognized in our once beloved Constitution?

Only when we can stand proudly before the bar of United Nations approval,and realize that the institution of marriage,like every other racist and deluded idea held so highly by the Neo-Cons who regulate Christianity,is meant to be defined and shared among any person or group that wishes to partake,

If a transgendered person wants to marry him/herself- then who are these brutal Bush/Reagan plutocrats who dare attempt to force their bestial pious will on such a lovely person?

If three, four or eleven people regardless of sexual orientation, want to collectively marry each other, then the Newt Gingrich/Sean Hannity warped view of monogamy must stand aside and make room for the peaceful and beautiful future designed to be shared under the large and colorful rainbow tent of tolerance and diversity.

As I previously stated in other similar posts on this subject, the Courts of California once addressed this travesty by invalidating the RepubliKKKan forced ballot of 2000 where these myopic, merciless and bigoted citizens shamelessly voted 3-1 to cruelly define marriage as between one man and one woman.

I personally would think that such archaic and totalitarian ideas would have disappeared from our culture at the same time that JFK freed the slaves.

Now, covering itself again with disgrace, California, like their progressive brothers and sisters in Florida, pulled the lever once again to ban gay marriage and totally overturn what the Courts had once deemed unconstitutional.

Are we somehow to think that because the majority of voters choose something as immoral as banning gay marriage,that our courts are now rendered prostate and impotent?

It is the duty of the courts to legislate from the bench when the majority has clearly taken a pigheaded path that the members of the minority community don’t agree.

I can only continue to offer my daily chants to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his retreat in far away Dharamsala, that he will provide the wisdom to President Obama to issue an Executive Order on January 20, 2009 which immediately terminates these notorious and discriminatory ballot measure such as we saw with California’s Measure 8.

What is really hilarious is how many other commenters take him at face value. It’s hard to satirze a bunch of nuts.

Here’s a link to his comments. I think Frank J ought to get him to write a column.

Their Oil-For-Food Accounts Need A Bailout

At the U.N., Many Hope for an Obama Win

UNITED NATIONS — There are no “Obama 2008” buttons, banners or T-shirts visible here at U.N. headquarters, but it might be difficult to find a sliver of territory in the United States more enthusiastic over the prospect of the Illinois senator winning the White House.An informal survey of more than two dozen U.N. staff members and foreign delegates showed that the overwhelming majority would prefer that Sen. Barack Obama win the presidency, saying they think that the Democrat would usher in a new agenda of multilateralism after an era marked by Republican disdain for the world body.

That’s right. It was Bush that lost them their credibility.

It had nothing to do with the graft and corruption of Oil-For-Food or their bureaucratic response to the 2004 Tsunami. How about Lebanon. They moved in there to “stop the war” and ended up providing cover for Hezbollah.

Let’s not think about the food riot that broke out when their cafeteria closed. UN workers broke in and looted the place because there was no other food available in NYC.

Yeah, these are people I would trust.

If You Liked Oil-For-Food, You’ll Love This

Former UN sec-gen Annan calls for climate justice

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan on Tuesday called for ‘climate justice’, saying that it was polluters who should pay for the effects of climate change, and not the poorest and most vulnerable.
He said funding should be made available to help disadvantaged communities adapt to the effects of global warming as he urged for the international community to focus on adaptation measures.

“We must have climate justice. As an international community, we must recognise that the polluter must pay and not the poor and vulnerable,” said Annan at the first high-level meeting of his new humanitarian forum.

I guess Kofi decided that Oil-For-Food worked so well that he can move on to bigger things.

I don’t know if he got Al Gore’s approval to move in on his territory.

How Much Sleep Do You Think Mugabe Is Going To Lose Over This?

UN council condemns Zimbabwe violence

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – U.N. Security Council members unanimously condemned Zimbabwe’s government Monday, saying it has waged a “campaign of violence” that has made it impossible to hold a fair presidential election.
The 15-nation council said it “condemns the campaign of violence against the political opposition ahead of the second round of presidential elections,” resulting in the killing of scores of opposition activists and other Zimbabweans.Council members also warned that the violence and restrictions on opposition activists imposed by the government of Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe “have made it impossible for a free and fair election to take place” on Friday.

The U.S., France and some other Western powers tried but failed to include language asserting that Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai should be considered the legitimate president, until another fair election can be held.

This is about as meaningful to international relations as the condemnation by the South Grove Island, Utah’s Women’s Auxiliary Fire Department Book Club. Maybe a little less.

Live By The Lawyer, Die By The Lawyer

BARACK OBAMA SUPPORTS OSAMA BIN LADEN’S COURT RIGHTS IF CAPTURED – New York Post

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama’s foreign-policy advisers said yesterday that Osama bin Laden, if captured, should be allowed to appeal his case to US civilian courts.Sen. John Kerry and former White House counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke said bin Laden would benefit from last week’s Supreme Court decision giving terrorism suspects habeas corpus, the right to appeal their military detention to civilian courts.

If we’re going to play in the courts, it shouldn’t be a one-sided battle. If we’re going to allow the Jihadis to use our courts against us, we should also be able to use our courts against them.

Of course, it would be impossible to serve a subpeona on bin Laden in the Hindu Kush. But if we can get a judgement against al Qaeda and its supporters on behalf of their victims, then we can use the pricipal of ‘joint and several liability” to go after the assets of anyone who has show support or donated money that has ended up in the hands of al Qaeda. The same principal that is used by personal injury lawyers to sue auto makers because their clients didn’t know that you weren’t supposed to drive a car off a cliff.

That ought to make for some interesting court battles.