How hard must we paddle to keep the Ship of State from going over the waterfall? ‘Cause right now, nobody is rowing…

December 23, 2012

<scre-eee-eee-eech…>  

Wow, the hinges on the shutters here are pretty rusty.  Let’s see if I can start to clean this place up and actually say something worthwhile.  

<oil can squeaks several times…> 

OK, now the storm shutters are open, and the weather out there looks even worse than before!  And we seem to be on a barge, approaching a waterfall in just a few days.  


Crabbe REALLY WAS a bully!

March 21, 2012

In the Harry Potter books, Harry’s nemesis was Draco Malfoy, and one of Malfoy’s “henchmen” was Vincent Crabbe. It turns out that Crabbe REALLY WAS a bully, and that there’s sometimes no difference between “art” and “real life”.

Jamie Waylett, 22, who appeared as Hogwarts school bully Vincent Crabbe in six Harry Potter films, was found guilty of violent disorder at Wood Green Crown Court, in north London.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/20/world/europe/uk-harry-potter-actor-jailed/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn

Not just “nasty language at a political rally” nasty, like too many other actors (cf:Alec Baldwin) but “walking through a riot with a Molotov Cocktail” mean.


Pirates of the Indian Ocean

April 10, 2009

Everything you need to know about Somali piracy is here.


We Get the Government We Deserve…

February 27, 2009

So  Barack Hussein Obama  – “BarryO” – won the election and became the 43rd person to be President of the United States.  May God preserve him, and this great Republic.  So far, it’s not clear if BarryO is going to be GW’s third term, BillC’s third term, or JimmyC’s second term.  Or if he will decide to make entirely new and DIFFERENT mistakes.  But count on it;  we’re in for a rough ride.

After talking down and trying to destroy the American economy – with the assistance of Barney Frank, Charlie Rangel and Nancy Pelosi – he has the temerity to claim that the he succeeded?  That the economy is in even worse shape than he claimed it was?  That’s rich.  And disturbing.  And dangerous.


Political Invasion of Privacy

October 18, 2008

I think we (as in “We, the people.”) need to get many of the “Joes the Plumber” in even MORE trouble, by stirring up the ever-so-helpful crowd of “ObamaThugs©” to trace every potential offender and find out if they have any warrants, liens, trade licenses, whatever, so as to so disgust the American people so that they start talking among themselves about how CREEPY “The Messiah” seems to have become.


Not ALWAYS a Libertarian…

October 17, 2008

I haven’t ALWAYS been a Libertarian.  I was a Republican when I grew up, as ALL young men learn politics from their fathers.  (Many of them promptly rebel, but that’s not really my point.)  I learned about the lying of politics early.  My father used to tell me that back in 1964, his more liberal friends would warn him, “Bob, if you vote for Barry Goldwater, we’ll be AT WAR in Viet Nam inside of three years!”  My dad DID vote for Goldwater in 1964, and sure enough, we were in a war in Viet Nam within 3 years!  Oh, the heady power of politics!

Four years later, I was taking an evening course at the Carl Sandberg Community College in Galesburg, IL, a class on introductory psychology, when the topic of “projection” came up.  We project, said that teacher, our own feelings and fears onto others, and assume that they are feeling much the way that WE OURSELVES are feeling now!  This was an epiphany!  Suddently, the world made a kind of bizarre sense; what we were going to do unto others, the “others” were thinking about doing it to us!

This explained a LOT.  Why is it so easy to cheat an honest man?  Because he is himself honest, and presumes that you are, too.  Why did honest men (in years gone by) leave their doors unlocked?  Because the honest man would not, left to himself, break in and steal stuff. Why is there no honor among thieves?  Because the thieves were always assuming that “they” were out to get him, and he was going to do the getting, FIRST.

Nations are merely collections of human beings, so nations behave much as lots of people behave, and worse. But we can often predict what people will do, based on the kind of people they are. And when we elect liars and thieves, we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that some of them continue their criminal ways.