Cooked Books and Corrupt Government

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And so, as I imagine most of you know, the administration has decided to cook the census books to get ‘better’ numbers for Obamacare. I wasn’t particularly surprised, they’ve cooked all the other books, why not these? Apparently, Megan McCardle was surprised. She had this to say:

I’m speechless. Shocked. Stunned. Horrified. Befuddled. Aghast, appalled, thunderstruck, perplexed, baffled, bewildered and dumbfounded. It’s not that I am opposed to the changes: Everyone understands that the census reports probably overstate the true number of the uninsured, because the number they report is supposed to be “people who lacked insurance for the entire previous year,” but people tend to answer with their insurance status right now.

But why, dear God, oh, why, would you change it in the one year in the entire history of the republic that it is most important for policy makers, researchers and voters to be able to compare the number of uninsured to those in prior years? The answers would seem to range from “total incompetence on the part of every level of this administration” to something worse

But I fail to see why we would expect anything else, we passed beyond the “Rule of Law” sometime late in the Bush presidency, or early in Obama’s, it hardly matters anymore. And if you’d like to know why there is no inflation, it’s mostly because we don’t count food, and fuel, anymore. Been to the grocery store lately? As usual Kipling said it best:

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

It’s all a sham, the corrupt books passed cooked to the apathetic. Nobody knows what is going on because the reports are, quite simply, lies. Nobody knows, not even the corrupt kleptocrats who perpetrated it. Why can’t anything be saved? Because the laws don’t work, especially the corporate bankruptcy laws, anymore. The housing bubble and the GM and Chrysler bailouts ruined all confidence in the market. Why do we have illegal aliens? Because unless you can afford the disguised bribes, or you work for an employer that wants cheap labor, you cannot immigrate legally.

But that’s all water over the dam, it simply doesn’t matter anymore. Why? because a huge majority of the citizens simply don’t give a damn, haven’t in years. They don’t care if they earn a living. Eat the Rich! What they’ll do when there are no rich except their masters in Washington never enters their minds.

That’s too much like cause and effect for their simple minds, so never mind.

And so Kipling again applies:

Recessional

God of our fathers, known of old,

   Lord of our far-flung battle-line,

Beneath whose awful Hand we hold

   Dominion over palm and pine—

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies;

   The Captains and the Kings depart:

Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,

   An humble and a contrite heart.

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called, our navies melt away;

   On dune and headland sinks the fire:

Lo, all our pomp of yesterday

   Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!

Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose

   Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,

Such boastings as the Gentiles use,

   Or lesser breeds without the Law—

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust

   In reeking tube and iron shard,

All valiant dust that builds on dust,

   And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,

For frantic boast and foolish word—

Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!

 

Well, you know what,it’sMaundy Thursday, and it’s my birthday, another year closer to getting worthless (by then) Social Security. In my lifetime, I’ve watched my country consistently hold the line on freedom, and win the cold war, and then gone from that triumph, on to become a lawless, rogue regime, that couldn’t find enough leadership to lead a horse to water. And so, I’ve nothing particularly important to do today, so I think I’ll go find a bottle of whisky, and get drunk as a lord.


After all, Who is John Galt?

 

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Tax Day Bill Whittle

As always, correct.

There are benefits that Bill doesn’t go into as well, such as much less lobbying, and so forth. Unfortunately they make it unlikely to pass Congress, let alone the executive branch. But it is a very good idea.

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Calm Down Dears: State Snooping is a Price Worth Paying for Our Security, or is It?

NSAWe haven’t talked much here about Snowden and the repercussions of his acts, partially because nearly everyone else has, and partially because I’m very conflicted. He told us things we should have been told but, he also revealed thing that he shouldn’t have done. So, there you go. What I’ve always wanted was a balanced presentation, because freedom from an intrusive government is very important, but so is a modicum of security.

It is in some sense a line drawing game, it’s for very high stakes, and it’s very important to us all. So where do we draw that line. One thing I do know, I’m very uncomfortable having a newspaper making these decisions, and only slightly less with a bureaucracy and/or a secret court making them. We simply must do better than that.

Last night I watched a debate at Intelligence Squared from London that limned the issues well. I ended up in the minority but in a sense, like usually happens when a serious debate on these type of issues happens, there was actually more agreement than you would expect. It was published last 28 September and yes, it really is an hour and a half long. It is also the best presentation of the issue I have seen, so here it is.

Calm Down Dears:

State Snooping is a Price Worth Paying for Our Security

Like so much in this type of thing, a lot of it comes down to, “Do we (or dare we) trust our government?” And that is a lot of the problem, so many things in our government that we thought we could trust have become politicized that we are no longer sure that anything the government does is trustworthy. And that is a question we each have to answer for ourselves, and then make sure our decision is heard.

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History Rhymes

Rudyard Kipling

Cover of Rudyard Kipling

 

Mark Twain told us that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. As we look at the economic numbers which show the workers and the middle class are losing income every year, and only the connected are succeeding in increasing their income, it struck us that it is literally true in this case.

 

Why? Because it was much the same in Rudyard Kipling’s day, and he wrote about it. So, on Sunday morning, we bring you this

 

The Wage-slaves

OH, glorious are the guarded heights
Where guardian souls abide—
Self-exiled from our gross delights—
Above, beyond, outside:
An ampler arc their spirit swings—
Commands a juster view—
We have their word for all these things,
No doubt their words are true.

Yet we, the bond slaves of our day,
Whom dirt and danger press—
Co-heirs of insolence, delay,
And leagued unfaithfulness—
Such is our need must seek indeed
And, having found, engage
The men who merely do the work
For which they draw the wage.

From forge and farm and mine and bench,
Deck, altar, outpost lone—
Mill, school, battalion, counter, trench,
Rail, senate, sheepfold, throne—
Creation’s cry goes up on high
From age to cheated age:
“Send us the men who do the work
“For which they draw the wage!”

Words cannot help nor wit achieve,
Nor e’en the all-gifted fool,
Too weak to enter, bide, or leave
The lists he cannot rule.
Beneath the sun we count on none
Our evil to assuage,
Except the men that do the work
For which they draw the wage.

When through the Gates of Stress and Strain
Comes forth the vast Event—
The simple, sheer, sufficing, sane
Result of labour spent—
They that have wrought the end unthought
Be neither saint nor sage,
But only men who did the work
For which they drew the wage.

Wherefore to these the Fates shall bend
(And all old idle things)
Werefore on these shall Power attend
Beyond the grip of kings:
Each in his place, by right, not grace,
Shall rule his heritage—
The men who simply do the work
For which they draw the wage.

Not such as scorn the loitering street,
Or waste, to earth its praise,
Their noontide’s unreturning heat
About their morning ways;
But such as dower each mortgaged hour
Alike with clean courage—
Even the men who do the work
For which they draw the wage—
Men, like to Gods, that do the work
For which they draw the wage—
Begin-continue-close that work.
For which they draw the wage!

 

Have a good day.

 

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Over FCC Plans, MSM Finally a Bit Curious re Obama Admin – UPDATED

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Elizabeth Scalia (The Anchoress) over at Patheos published a barn burner on the FCC’s brilliant idea to put an observer, watcher, minder, political officer, commissar, er zampolit in American newsrooms. The latest really stupid idea from the most tone deaf bunch of politicians/bureaucrats ever seen in America. Anyway, while I’ve given you an excerpt, you really, really need to read this one. Go and do so, and then we’ll talk a bit.

Some may disagree, but I will dare to repeat myself, because I think I am right: The biggest problem in our nation is not the Democrats, or the Republicans; it is not the Obama Administration, just as it wasn’t the Bush Administration, and it won’t be future Clinton or Warren Administrations. Our biggest problem is that the press has voluntarily surrendered its freedoms for the sake of idols and ideologies..

Because this is true, our government is either factionalizedfictionalized and bombarded with daily media outrage and indignation, or it is given an utterly free pass, with no accountability required. Either way, it is a process of illusion, which gives assist to the necessary distraction, and that’s all.

I didn’t want to write about this today. The truth is, I don’t even want to write about politics, anymore, because it’s all distraction and illusion and theater. I’d be happy to write about prayer and scripture, and nothing else, for the rest of my life, and maybe that’s what I’ll be doing, soon enough. But I am passionate about journalism, passionate about the need for a free press, and so I had to write, today. Without a curious press interested in protecting its own freedoms, there is no there, there. We might as well just put down the mics and turn out the lights, because it’s over.

Over FCC Plans, MSM Finally a Bit Curious re Obama Admin – UPDATED.

The ends justify the means.

I would like to say that she is wrong, but she’s not. I would like to say that the alternative media can do the job, but they can’t, not yet.But they had better get there soon, because we are going to need them.

Religion, Guns, Speech, Press, Property, Privacy, even Due Process,are there any of our right that are not under assault? If we allow this to get much worse, we will soon pass a tipping point, and we will slide into what Churchill called “a new dark age, made more protracted, perhaps, by the perversions of science”. If it is stopped, it will be in America, where rights are defined and absolute, or used to be

It’s time to wake up, or it will end.

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Love and War | The Little Knife

STN261402_403797kSiobahn, the author of this piece is a young woman in England, and she talks here about some of the problems endemic to our societies. I was going to comment on hers, and realized that it was going to be far too long for a commbox. So I thought I’d do it this way.

She worries some about intrinsic good, and I’d have to say that some are and some aren’t and most are somewhere in the middle (and it also depends on how you define good and evil). She also (like us all) has trouble with defining words like “humanity”, “culture”, and ‘love”. Well we all do.

The real problem here is, I think, the collectivist mindset. People aren’t anything, really, That person is good, that one is bad, and so forth. You just can’t make valid generalizations. Other than vapidities like, “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all Islamic terrorists are Muslim”, it’s just not overly useful for interpersonal relations. Although it does have some uses in government, sociology and police work, I suppose. In police work it’s called profiling.

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Recent events (including the assault of a friend) have led me to think about how that humanitarian part of our personalities acts in different situations. It’s an intriguing thing to consider.

For example, the Gropegate case is worth looking at under this lens, despite it being ‘old news’.  What troubled me in this scenario was the deliberate blurring of lines – lines that should clearly have signalled the divide between right and wrong. Despite recent developments, the only constant still appears to be the idea that a woman’s voice is still somehow less substantial than a man’s, or that women denouncing or reporting sexist behaviour are seen as hysterical ‘shouters’, or fundamentalist Feminists.

[I'm breaking into this paragraph to make sure we know what she's referring to]

Since I don’t read the New York Post, I had to Google Gropegate. It seems to be that some New York Assemblyman (or men) groped some female staffers, then paid them off after they went to the AG, or something like that. I’m assuming they are all Democrats simply because the Post doesn’t mention any affiliations :-)

Anyway, in my world, any man who gropes a woman who is in a subordinate position to him isn’t much of a man, nor is he fit for any position of trust. And a guy who attempts to buy off his victims is filth, beneath contempt, as is a law enforcement official who would even consider letting such a thing happen. Scum of the earth.

Statistics demonstrate this coerced silence, by the conspicuous absence of data. In 2004, the British Crime Survey decided to institute a self-completion module, since they realised that talking face-to-face about domestic abuse, sexual assault, and stalking, actively dissuaded victims from coming forward. The self-completion method appears to have produced “more reliable figures and also includes experiences of victims who did not report the incident to the police” (1).

So why do women not report these incidents to the police? Because they are difficult to prove? Because it might be dangerous? Because it’s humiliating? Because they potentially stand to lose everything? That is how victim culture works. It is not always possible for victims to find the strength to stand up for themselves. That is where our humanity ought to kick in; when others need help, and we give it to them.

She’s right, of course. And that they got no help is despicable. Personally, I consider it in the same class of behavioral dysfunction as bullying, and like that, is susceptible to being cured by a hard right cross to the side of the head. The problem is that predators like this are better at targeting, usually, so they find soft targets that will not resist. I know what my response would be if I came upon it, I hope somebody would make bail for me.

The following refers to a case in the British Liberal Democratic Party, again including a cover-up:

This wasn’t altogether the case, recently, when Rennard’s defenders seemed, almost without exception, to be using hideously flimsy arguments to justify his actions, or saying that women should essentially get over alleged sexual misconduct, because shit happens in the real world; [...]

That’s one thing that I just can’t get over with these people, their propensity for blaming the victim. Rennard, just like those Democrats in Albany is responsible for his actions, just like the rest of us. It doesn’t matter at all what the woman/man/boy/ or girl does, he’s responsible for what he does. I suppose if she walked in naked except for a sign that said “grope me” in so many words, it might be different but, short of that, it’s his problem.

I suppose my point is this: “Touching over clothing” as a caveat for sexual misconduct  is not good enough. That’s like saying, “Yes, I violated her, but I used a condom. Also, you can’t prove anything, and so what?”

Read the whole article at Love and War | The Little Knife.

NO, it is not good enough, they are human beings with exactly the same rights as these so-called overlords, and sooner or later our societies are going to have to take out the trash. Personally, as a man, my first thought is always, if you did that to my wife/ girlfriend/ sister/ and especially daughter the least of your problems would be the legal system. You’d have a fair chance of telling God about it, because I despise people who take advantage of subordinates, especially women, just because they are weaker than them. I’d call them scum of the earth again, but I won’t because that is giving them far too much credit.

 

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