~ THE CURRENT AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION is full of nitwit do-gooders with the people’s money, and bright ideas. Be afraid: it’s like a parcel of Dr. Evils overdosed n godo intentions.
The next four years will likely be the seed-time for a host of bad ideas, wasteful projects, and results of which it shall be said “But I/ we never meant for THAT to happen.” The side-effects of bad ideas happen in the real world, far away from the powerful people who experiment on people as if they were rats, and the country a laboratory. Our betters don’t care much for the actual results. As the old saying has it: those who can’t do, teach; and those who can’t do or teach, lead… or get promoted into the Obama Cabinet, unless their crimes and misdemeanours and associations scuttle their candidacy.
Remember: the great monstercracies of the past century? Someone’s really bright idea. Ideas lead to consequences. Consequences touch real people. It is one of the wonderful things for those with power to make a difference; it is one of the dangers that power is precisely a serious responsibility. Our fallen hearts may say “Power corrupts; and absolute power?.. rather nice, thanks” but that is the way of domination, dictatorship, and wasted government money, bloated bureaucracy, and stupid programs. Leviathan thrives on red tape and paperwork.
After all, after the multi-trillion-plus crazy spendathon, schools will still have to sell chocolate bars to support their programs; the U.S. energy infrastructure will still be elderly; the available offshore oil undrilled; the need for safe new nuclear power unmet. Only the debt will be really, really big.
Sad to say, it appears that the Obama administration is embracing naked power as a good, not a terrible temptation. Leviathan? So darned cuddly!
Thing is, Leviathan (in the Bible) isn’t just about whales and such, but also represents chaos and power let loose, in defiance of God. ~
~ VIA DUST MY BROOM: “Freedom with moral boundaries is slavery“; in other news, Libertarian realizes his polite anarchism is not shared by all conservatives, nor all libertarians. As we’ve said before, the see-saw battle of little-gov vs. big-gov just doesn’t warm our cockles. Every decision has moral content, as does every possible government policy. We are all children of big-gov (unless you’re over 80), and of the post-war economic and baby-booms. We’re all teat-kids, even if at second-hand.
What a gov gives (or takes) it can take (or give) again:L even if we could institute the imaginary (and untested) libertarian ideal, or parts thereof, later govs or the same one can reverse them. So we had Clinton tax-code reform, and Bush rebates: now Obama wants to claim almost everything as public money. We had Liberal balanced budgets, now Harper is going for deficits like it’s 1975 all over again. Shall we have a ‘libertarian’ government somehow force us to be libertarian forever? Special irreversible laws? Enforcement agencies? School programs to enforce the right thoughts on the matter? You get the point.
Libertarianism is a dream, based on several mistakes. It’s also an attempt to separate policy from morality (as if that were possible) and pretend that it’s all just ‘rational’ unencumbered true conservatism. We just all need to read Ayn Rand, and it will all become so very, very clear. Really? That novel is one moment in the politics of the 20th century. Like Orwell’s 1984, it articulates one aspect of political dilemmas (socialism versus fascism, the one and the many). Rugged individualism is good; but it’s not everything. Smaller government is good: but it means real consequences for the entire society. Think: 1890s.
You cannot escape morality, or the actual consequences of big vs. small gov. When Libertarianism itself becomes a nearly-religious longing, promising a perfect world, then it joins all the other failed or failing isms of the past century on the long shelf of failed heavens on earth.
Time to re-read Rand. ~
So far, as the biggest brain ever, his discretion, choice of friends, associates, activities, cabinet members, and policies doesn’t strike this observer as prudent, good, or advisable. But what do we know? We’re not The Most Super Genius President™ Ever.
Intelligence comes in a wide range of types, and may or may not translate into wisdom, common sense, courage, goodness, or any of the other things you want in a good leader. It also means (as an ideologue and academical type) he’s smart enough to latch onto bad ideas, but not necessarily wise enough to see his way past them. That’s why you try and pick seriously smart advisers, with some real-world experience, with expertise in various areas, to help you triangulate the data and make the hard decisions. Beware the intellectuals: after all, there’s nothing so stupid that some brainiac somewhere hasn’t lit a candle and written a Ph.D in praise of it.
O Got Friends?
That’s where I think his ‘hope n change’ Israel policy is coming form. He talked to some nice Palestinian ideologue (former terrorist & terror-apologist Rashid Khalidi) more than once, and is now changing American policy to make things better for the poor beleaguered victims of Israeli atrocities. Fresh billions to terrorist Hamas? Enforcing a two-state policy? Putting A Saudi Shill In Charge Of National Intelligence Estimates?
Looks like Billy Carter redux, and a tacit message to Iran and Hamas that the U.S. isn’t against Israel, exactly, but is buying more and more into the one-sided Middle-Eastern sob-story that militant Arabs tell themselves into. Arabs & Muslims good. Jews & Israel bad. Push Jews into the sea. Nukes, if and when possible.
We are always sending messages, conscious or not. Context and subtext can send a message even louder than what we say.
Digging The Future
The mere appearance of anti-Israeli bias from the main 21st Century Superpower may well be enough to tip the tangle, and bring about more war, or even the nuclear option on Tel Aviv. Sure, Muslims will die– but they will be glorious martyrs, right? Freeing the Caliphate from the unclean sons of dogs & monkeys & handicapped lobsters, blah blah blah, yada yada yada.
All of this scary possibility? Because an intellectually proud and ignorant socialist once had a chat with some nice Palestinian guy, and was too stupid, uncritical, and under-informed via his university edumacation to get anything like a balanced account of World War 2, Europe & the Holocaust, and the post-war determination of much of the West (minus the mean-spirited UK) to try and make it right, and the history of Israel & the Jews, 1990-2000. Now, that very same really really smart guy is running the world. Adult diapers are advised. ~
P.S. Not to brag, but the Binks-Dad is in Mensa, plus a bit: Nuclear Physics, computers, MD. The BInks-Mom was in University at 16. I’m not quite up there, but have a good number of points over the POTUS.
~ RECENT REPORTAGE from the Atlantic Catholic on the St. Mary’s shout-down. Thanks to the fine folks at AC for sharing the .pdf, and Geezer Scott Gilbreath for decoding and commenting on same. Modern Undiversities: be afraid!: “Still no clarity on SMU response to pro-abortion hooligans”. In related news, St. FX University apparently doesn’t suck, and has civilized discourse on controversial topics. ~
~ JUST A LITTLE reminder of what FreeMarkSteyn.com is all about. Helpfulness! …. (steynian)
~ CANADA VS. FREE SPEECH: CANADIAN SUNSET– Story time never stops …. (steynonline)
~ THE HUGH HEWITT SHOW— EXCEPTIONALLY STATIST: Mark and Hugh on where Obama is taking us …. (hughhewitt)
~ WELL HUNG: STEYN ON CANADA: More fun with “human rights” …. (steynonline)
~ IN THE CORNER: FREEMAN OF ARABIA— A truly dreadful appointment – plus: What side of the war would you like to be on? (cont) …. (nrotc)
~ SASKBOY— “Sadly, Mark Steyn never got the education he deserved…” …. (abandonedstuff)
~ MARK STEYN’S best anti-Human Rights Commissions post ever? …. (5fof)
~ EZ ON WARREN: How to lose a defamation lawsuit …. (ez)
~ STANDING with the Jews …. (novascotiascott)
~ THE RETURN of the Libranos …. (ezralevant)
~ A LENTEN PRAYER of E.B. Pusey …. (novascotiascott)
~ ON SATAN’S SIDE: As Lent Begins, 3 Prominent Catholic Universities Celebrate Porn, Promiscuity …. (lsn)
~ DEBORAH GYAPONG— So it’s not just me being a Cassandra; Another interesting hypnosis post; Yes ! Yes! Andrea Mrozek nails it; Archbishop Chaput’s must-read address; Compulsory abortion for American women? Planetary regime?; Obama, the political Milli Vanilli?; Hypnotized, gee, gee I’m sooooooo hypnotized; My piece on Obama’s visit; Watch out for the strawman!; What a disgrace …. (deborahgyapong.blog)
~ REMEMBER— with your friendly neighbourhood HRCs, “The Process is the Punishment” …. (dustmybroom)
~ FRANCES Widdowson & Academic Freedom …. (am770chqr)
~ MICHAEL RADU: “How to Kill Civilians in the Name of ‘Human Rights’” …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ ZIONIST SCUM-WATCH: “Do Canadian cops hate Jews?” B-but– doesn’t ZOG control the cops? …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ VIA SHAIDLE: “Right Wing Radio Review: week of February 23, 2009” …. (examiner.com)
~ THE HYNEK— Canadians: are we ASKING to be censored? …. (kennethhynek)
~ DEMOCRAT Stephen Harper: “In the long run, we’re all dead” …. (novascotiascott)
~ REMEMBERING Eugenics in Canada: Forthcoming book by journalist historian …. (post-darwinist.blog)
~ WANTS POWER! Bully tactics: “If you want to see what a government under Michael Ignatieff would look like you need go no further than to look at the way the Lying Jackal threatens people, using his Liberal party connections, if they don’t do what he wants” …. (jaycurrie)
~ PLEASE GO AND buy stuff from Teh Shaidle: “This is your LAST CHANCE to get signed copies of my books” …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ INTELLECTUAL Freedom in Canada: Fire. Them. All. News Roundup …. (post-darwinist.blog)
~ PRINCE HRH! Kate @ SDA: “Does Iggy Know? Perhaps I should send him my copy” …. (sda)
~ NOW THAT IT’S BEEN ASSURED that the United States is heading down the most expensive socialist experiment in the history of the world, we need to look at where the money is going to come from … especially since the numbers we are now dealing with are gargantuan …. (cjunk.blog)
~ DELIGHTFUL YORK University Anti-Israel TA Forbids Student From Wearing IDF T-Shirt To Class; Antisemitism at Canadian Universities Gets Noticed in Israel. Remember: get your Israel Scarf here, and your IDF and other t-shirts here …. (Various)
~ POOR BABIES… At Harvard, “harassment is any speech somebody doesn’t want to hear” …. (novascotiascott)
~ FEDERALLY-FUNDED Conservative Bashing Corporation Faces $65M Shortfall …. (sda)
~ SDA TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Great Racists In History Edition …. (sda)
~ WHERE WE ARE: Such hostility to life itself …. (kennethhynek)
~ OFFENDED BY THE TRUTH— Joseph Quesnel argues some cultural traditions are not worth holding and asks an excellent question …. (ghostofaflea)
~ SOUNDS LIKE IT— from our When The Lunatics Run THe Asylum Dep’t, ‘I’m probably screwed here’ says gym owner hit by a human rights complaint by a transvestite …. (dustmybroom)
~ RIGHT GIRL Wendy Sullivan: an insider’s view of CPAC …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ SOCON— Jackbooting Us: The CHRC’s Squashing of Freedom …. (socon.ca)
~ NEW RULES— “Sex with British youngsters is ok as long as they go on welfare and cry victim.” Fear of hurting the deelings of moral idiots moves into next phase of horrible consequences for generations to come …. (MaD)
~ FIRST FREEDOMS: MP Leon Benoit tables unborn victims of crime petition in House of Commons, Feb. 25, 2009 …. (parl.gc.ca)
~ KINSELLA-WATCH: You really have to stand in awe of Special K’s slo-mo self destruction …. (dustmybroom)
~ MEDIA-WATCH: “A Newspaper is not a Law School” …. (jaycurrie)
~ FREE SPEECHERS? Then why was CAF the boss-boy at the anti-Steyn Rally? “In a comment piece in the National Post, the head of the Canadian Arab Federation, who claims to be an ardent “free speecher” (though not, of course, when it comes to the issue of “defaming” Islam) tries to bolster his case against Israel by mentioning several high-profile anti-Zionist Jews” …. (scaramouche)
~ BREAKENRIDGE— A Religious Veto Over Curriculum? See our libertarian critique above …. (am770chqr)
~ HILARIOUS! “Richard Evans has the tape of Dave Rutherford interviewing Bernie Farber of the CJC where Farber is asked to comment on the Lying Jackal’s status” …. (jaycurrie)
~ DROOLING FOR WORLD-GOV: Gordon Brown seeks sweeping reforms to give IMF global ‘surveillance role’ …. (guardian)
~ POD-CAST: Al & Mike Show – Episode 56 – Two to go …. (shotgun)
~ CLUEING IN? Human Rights Watch Finally Addresses Darfur Slaughter, Hamas-Fatah Fratricide and Zimbabwean Corruption …. (conservativeinthecloset.blog)
~ LIVE UNCENSORED— Word from Wally The Keeler …. (poetency.blog)
~ DUNNO ‘BOUT YOU-ALL, but this Elf misses Shire Network News. Hope their endless remake ends soon. Tweet-word has it Brian of London has moved to Israel …. (shirenetworknews)
~ ALPHA SHE-COMMIE: Olivia Chow, socialist MP of the Flea and typical of Canada’s stupidity/hypocrisy matrix, should hang her head in shame at the fate of Muslim women and girls …. (ghostofaflea)
~ SEEING THE LIGHT, lightening the heart– “In “Confessions of a Recovering Anti-Semite,” Charles Winecoff sheds the shame of WASPy people-pleasing and quiet guilt, and celebrates a people who, despite history, will always stand up” …. (oneandonlyshootingstar.blog)
~ TAKING A STAND— Read Michael Totten’s account of the attack on Christopher Hitchens, Jonathan Foreman and himself in Beirut. A very close call for them all, and the sort of reporting that brings the crisis in Lebanon into better focus …. (hughhewitt)
~ SMASHING Suzuki’s (Rose-Colored) Glasses …. (am770chqr)
~ RICK McGINNIS: Canada is “an incredibly lame excuse for a country” …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ MONEY FOR DEATH! Abortion Promoting UN Honcho Wants Another UN Feminist Agency – Five Not Enough …. (lifesitenews)
~ VIA DUST MY BROOM: “Freedom with moral boundaries is slavery”; in other news …. (dustmybroom)
~ LIBERALISM VS. JEWS— “Been there, done that: In an interview on the Z-word site, Paul Berman (author of the must-read Terror and Liberalism) explains the protean beast that is Judenhass, a creature that in our time has manifested itself as the overwhelming desire to “right” the great wrong and continuing affront of Israel’s existence” …. (scaramouche)
~ ENTIRELY MISSING THE POINT, Kazakh PM starts blog, censors comments …. (novascotiascott)
~ FUN WITH BRITISH BARBARIANS: Are children innocent, or not? …. (girlontheright)
~ SUMMING UP The Sexual Revolution …. (hughhewitt)
~ NEWS FLASH: Discipline curbs bad behaviour …. (novascotiascott)
~ POLL: MOST Muslims hate America, support terrorism, believe conspiracy theories …. (fivefeetoffury)
~ GLOBAL WARMING Hoax Weekly Round-Up, Feb. 27th, 2009 …. (dailybayonet.blog)
~ DOOM-WATCH: Have you ever wondered what would happen if a nuclear bomb goes off in your city? …. (dustmybroom)
~ FAIRNESS Doctrine on Senate Floor– Dems Forced to Vote on Free Speech …Update: Dems Vote to Restrict Free Speech …. (gatewaypundit.blog)
~ DETAILS, DETAILS: Think the U.S. deficit is bad? Check out the interest payments …. (pundita.blog)
~ ISLAMIC world isn’t accepting Obama’s overtures …. (novascotiascott)
~ THE REAL BARACK: The Moment After The Moment That The Oceans Rise Began To Slow …. (sda)
~ PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s speech to the U.S. Congress …. (pundita.blog)
~ PUTTING A Saudi Shill In Charge Of National Intelligence Estimates …. (sda)
~ WORLD WAR WATCH: “Bad for the Jews: Who’s bad for them? First, President “Shufflin’ Off to Durban II” Obama (his Jewish Chief of Staff notwithstanding). Second, President Shufflin’s pick to head up the National Intelligence Council, a dude who’s in the pocket of those wily Wahhabis” …. (scaramouche)
~ WORLD Officially Ends: I Agree With Naomi Klein …. (conservativeinthecloset.blog)
~ SIDE-EFFECTS! “Soaking The Rich Means Crippling Churches, Charities, and Home Values” …. (hughhewitt)
~ A NEW BAN on “Assault Weapons”? Barack Obama (Political) Suicide Watch, Part 1– making law-abiding citizens safer by ensuring that only the police & criminals have guns! …. (shotgun)
~ YO, BARRY! The world is not high school, Mr Obama …. (pundita.blog)
~ BY THEIR FRIENDS.. An academic Marxist in the White House …. (ghostofaflea)
~ OKLAHOMA House passes 10th Amendment state sovereignty bill …. (shotgun)
~ TRUTH IS NO DEFENCE: Muslim Congressman expresses “concern and disappointment” with Senator’s decision to show Fitna …. (JiWa)
~ COL. ROBERT NEVILLE, Who Always Dresses For Dinner, delivers everything you need to know about those who voted for Obama …. (oneandonlyshootingstar.blog)
~ SPENCER— Obama target of “HIV Jihad” …. (jihadwatch.org)
~ FRIGHTENED “AmEx paying card holders to close their accounts” …. (dustmybroom)
~ HUGH HEWITT— “Stopping The Destruction of American Health Care” …. (hughhewitt)
~ VPOTUS OBAMA’S address to Congress was pretty good, according to Andrew Bolt. “Except for the bits that weren’t” …. (oneandonlyshootingstar.blog)
~ FRESH GOODNESS— Today’s Wilders Round-Up; Wilders: “Our enemies should know: we will never apologize for being free men, we will never bow for the combined forces of Mecca and the left” …. (defendgeertwilders)
~ BRRRRR! “Cold wind blowing in (on a broomstick) from Turtle Bay: What happened to Hilary Clinton? She used to be so eager to listen to Jewish views and express unwavering support for Israel—especially when she was seeking Jewish votes, for the Senate and then the presidency. Now, however, American Jews are noticing a far chillier Hil” …. (scaramouche)
~ RECENT MUSLIM ATTACKS on Christians in Bauchi State, Nigeria, killed 14 people and forced 4500 to flee their homes. The state government waited five days before offering relief materials to internally displaced persons. That aid has now been refused and refugees are demanding that the governor pay them a personal visit …. (novascotiascott)
~ THE 12-STEPS to Stopping Terror? Big line up, have we? …. (dustmybroom)
~ CHARMING EGYPT: Over 20 lawyers attend court hearing for ex-Muslim to endorse his conviction and execution for apostasy …. (JiWa)
~ WHACK-A-JEW 2: Why is the U.S. still entertaining Durban II? …. (JiWa)
~ MISSION SLIP— “The un-friendly ghost state: The reason Canadian soldiers are in Afghanistan, we’ve been told, is because we want to preserve freedom and prevent those baddies the Taliban from retaking control. All well and good (although one might question the wisdom of Westerners fighting on behalf of a country whose constitution is grounded in sharia). However, while we’ve been fighting, the Taliban have managed to set up their own “ghost state” …. (scaramouche)
~ RELIGION OF… Malaysia: Christian publication allowed to use the word “Allah” for God as long as it states it’s “For Christians Only” …. (JiWa)
~ AGAINST blasphemy– Lou Dobbs and Christopher Hitchens discuss a United Nations proposal to restrict criticism of Islam …. (ghostofaflea)
~ SHARIA-ZONES, UK— Thousands of Muslim men using welfare system to support multiple wives; in other news… International poll: Muslims support strict Sharia, Islamic supremacism …. (JiWa)
~ THE EVIL SPENCER: Beheading Moderate Islam …. (JiWa)
~ DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS: ISLAMIC TREASON— “MI5 has estimated that up to 4,000 British Muslims had travelled to Pakistan and, before the fall of the Taliban, to Afghanistan for military training”. How many Canadians have done the same? …. (ghostofaflea)
~ LOVELY THAILAND: Jihadists behead three people this week, bringing their total to 47 …. (JiWa)
~ AL-BEEB NOTES Despair and Rage and Other Sad Things in Gaza …. (conservativeinthecloset.blog)
~ SCARAMOUCHE: “How grimly ironic–and how immensely tragic–that so many Jews have themselves been taken in by the falsehoods being purveyed about the Jewish homeland” …. (scaramouche)
~ A FATWA VS. A FATWA— Yemen: Fatwa condemns new law setting minimum age for marriage. Islam: like protestantism, with countless little popes …. (jihadwatch)
~ PAGING THE ACLU! New Jersey public school accommodates Muslim prayer …. (jihadwatch)
~ FUN WITH SHARIA: “Iran’s attorney-general.. outlines the penalties required by sharia that involve sharp blades and/or flayed flesh” …. (scaramouche)
~ GLOVES OFF— “I SEE you guys, from Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, India, and who knows which European country. Right on my Google Analytics screen. I KNOW you’re checking out my Muslim Babe of the Day (or week, or whatever).” …. (oneandonlyshootingstar.blog)