Thursday, November 26, 2009

Government corruption

When the government gets involved in anything, it inevibly becomes corrupt and politicised.

That is an unavoidable conclusion and the absolute truth that leads many people to distrust big government, and to try to keep the role of government as limited and consistent as possible.

When government is responsible for something as supposedly innocent as collecting statistics on unemployment, it is tempted to spin the numbers in a positive way. And Obama's job creation / recovery act tries to take credit for the non-existent recovery by tweaking the numbers:

According to a report from a shoe store in Campbellsville, Kentucky, the Army Corps of Engineers “created or saved” nine jobs when it used money allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to buy nine pairs of work boots. The Wall Street Journal reports that the store’s owner, frustrated by the government’s confusing online forms, enlisted the help of his 42-year-old daughter, who figured nine—the number of people who would use the boots on the job—made as much sense as any other answer.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Little Green Failures

Charles Johnson's crumbling and moronic blog, and his ever changing postures and politicking are starting to wear thin on me. It seems he still has thousands of readers, but I wonder how long it will last.

3 years ago, it was pretty clear where he stood on issues. Nowadays, things seem to have changed, and not subtly.

He was about as pro-interventionist as you could get, a huge supporter of conservative blogs and the Bush presidency. Now, he peddles global warming alarmism and propaganda videos by Peter Sinclair, he supports socialised health care, ridicules all lovers of freedom and liberty (especially the tea party protestors and other Obama critics) as maniacal conspiracy theorists and white neo-nationalists and religious fundamentalists.

I was just browsing over some of his very characteristic and typical posts back in 2005, which include the following snippets.. mocking Al Gore for claiming he was non-partisan, mocking all Muslim groups for crying victim to racism, debunking many claims of Israeli soldiers commiting atrocities, pointing out the dozens of Palestinian 'cease-fires' involved continuing to fire upon Israeli civilians, and dozens of posts showing the Palestinian 'death cult' mentality, all whilst showing what a farce the UN is and applauding critics of the UN such as John Bolton.

It was hard to find a single mention relating to socialised medicine, or global warming and the IPCC. But here was a gem of a post in 2005 linking approvingly to Iowahawk who ridicules claims that increased C02 levels caused hurricane Katrina.

Even as recently as June 2008, he made fun of a left wing blog that cheered Obama for threatening anybody who stop him trying to pass his health care bill. And in August 2008, he exposed some of the radical supporters of Obama's campaign, including the Communist Party of America. Charles even used the term "Obamessiah" to ridicule the candidate whom he would later fall in love with.

It didn't take long for him to cheer Obama's plan for socialised health care, support every Democrat, become a global warming alarmist and at the same time, begin ridiculing Republicans and libertarians, ignoring his core issue of terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, and begin making enemies of every ally he once had.

It seems he has come full circle today, with his post that mocks the Republican Party philosophy listed below, and simply labelling this a "failure". I'll highlight in bold some of the ideas that Charles very recently held to show how quickly he changes his stripes.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee identifies ten (10) key public policy positions for the 2010 election cycle, which the Republican National Committee expects its public officials and candidates to support:

(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill;

(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;

(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;

(4) We support workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check;

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership; and be further

RESOLVED, that a candidate who disagrees with three or more of the above stated public policy position of the Republican National Committee, as identified by the voting record, public statements and/or signed questionnaire of the candidate, shall not be eligible for financial support and endorsement by the Republican National Committee; and be further

RESOLVED, that upon the approval of this resolution the Republican National Committee shall deliver a copy of this resolution to each of Republican members of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, as they become known, and to each Republican state and territorial party office.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Che is a crap + boring movie.

Thats all you need to know.

2 parts. Each one over 2 hours long.
The film sequence is totally disconnected and random. Jumping back and forth in time.
The film doesn't even hint or portray his ideals or philosophy. He's just some friendly guy.

Steven Soderbergh is a dick. He doesn't really glorify Che. He just paints him as boring and average, but also popular and humane towards his comrades and his enemies.

Not the slightest hint or mention of the executions and firing squads.

There is no explanation of the Cuban revolution, the philosophy behind it and the impact it left. In every scene, all the village people wave and cheer at the brave revolutionary soldiers. And Che simply plots strategy for his next attack against the military.

Not the slightest hint that the guy was a brutal killing machine.

Don't watch Che .. instead watch Andy Garcia's masterful The Lost City.