The Jury Talks Back

3/31/2009

Fuck you, UN

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 10:58 pm

Fuck you in the ear.

It is long past time we evicted that damned organization from our shore.  With Gen. Sec. Moon insulting us for not paying our debts (when we pay a huge chunk of the UN’s expenses, fund God knows how much in the UN’s aid, and make up the vast majority of the UN’s military), I’m about sick of the SOBs.

Oh, and for the benifit of the UN…

Fuck Muslims.

Conflicted about God

Filed under: Uncategorized — Not Rhetorical @ 8:39 pm

How do you teach kids about God’s style of persuasion — say, the Ten Plagues, especially the killing of the Egyptians’ first-born sons? What do you tell them? What do you tell yourself, for that matter?

3/30/2009

Obviously a Failure

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 10:12 pm
US GDP 1790-2006 constant dollars

Clearly, one can see what a failure capitalism has been in this country over the last 220 years.  No wonder President Obama has decided to throw in the towel and try something else.

Not.

Because if that is his plan, I hope he fails.

(chart derived from data found here)

3/28/2009

And we get one step closer

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 6:52 pm

One step closer to sprawls, AAA Megacorps, magic and Orcs and Trolls…

Brazil builds walls around Rio de Janeiro slums.

Converts by Loudness and Bitterness

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fritz @ 12:38 pm

I knew I had seen something like Andy Levy’s sentiments somewhere.  From The Federalist Papers #1 (Hamilton):

It is not, however, my design to dwell upon observations of this nature. I am well aware that it would be disingenuous to resolve indiscriminately the opposition of any set of men (merely because their situations might subject them to suspicion) into interested or ambitious views. Candor will oblige us to admit that even such men may be actuated by upright intentions; and it cannot be doubted that much of the opposition which has made its appearance, or may hereafter make its appearance, will spring from sources, blameless at least, if not respectable–the honest errors of minds led astray by preconceived jealousies and fears. So numerous indeed and so powerful are the causes which serve to give a false bias to the judgment, that we, upon many occasions, see wise and good men on the wrong as well as on the right side of questions of the first magnitude to society. This circumstance, if duly attended to, would furnish a lesson of moderation to those who are ever so much persuaded of their being in the right in any controversy. And a further reason for caution, in this respect, might be drawn from the reflection that we are not always sure that those who advocate the truth are influenced by purer principles than their antagonists. Ambition, avarice, personal animosity, party opposition, and many other motives not more laudable than these, are apt to operate as well upon those who support as those who oppose the right side of a question. Were there not even these inducements to moderation, nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has, at all times, characterized political parties. For in politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.

And yet, however just these sentiments will be allowed to be, we have already sufficient indications that it will happen in this as in all former cases of great national discussion. A torrent of angry and malignant passions will be let loose. To judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of their declamations and the bitterness of their invectives. 

3/26/2009

Well done Timmy!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 10:40 pm

Timothy Geithner, as he’s wont to do, opened his ignorant pie-hole and boned the dollar.

Someone at the White House needs to realize that when they talk about anything related to the economy, they screw it over.

This time, Timmy-boy mentioned that the US was open to the suggestion from China (and Russia and others) that we change the international monetary system (which is currently based on the dollar – thus the reason oil and gas go up when the dollar falls).

Well done, our good and faithful public servant.

And, to make things even better, the Left Wing Echo Chamber decided to – shortly before Geithner decided to openly comment on the China suggestion – start the stories about how China didn’t really suggest we change the global currency, and how it was nothing but an attempt by those darn rethuglicans to stir up trouble.

The screen-shot Instapundit shows is just too funny.  I simply must show you all.

This is what happens when you fail to get your stories straight.

This is what happens when you fail to get your stories straight.

Protestors rally in support of Oakland cop-killer

Filed under: Uncategorized — aunursa @ 4:51 am

In response to the shooting death of an unarmed civilian by a BART police officer on New Year’s Day, some 400 protestors in Oakland expressed their rage in a rally that turned violent.  Police reported at least 15 arrests following acts of arson, vandalism, and other violence.

Move forward 2 1/2 months.  Last Sunday a fugitive parolee killed two Oakland police officers who had pulled him over for a traffic citation, then shot to death two more cops while hiding in a nearby apartment before he was shot and killed by a SWAT team.

Many have wondered when those who were so furious at the BART police shooting would rally in response to this incident.  It seemed that the protestors had no sympathy when the victims belonged to law enforcement.

Well you can stop wondering.  About 60 people marched and rallied in Oakland yesterday – to support cop-killer Lovelle Mixon and condemn the Oakland police!  The San Francisco Chronicle reports that many protestors wore t-shirts with Mixon’s photo and chanted, “OPD, you can’t hide – we charge you with genocide!” Mixon’s cousin declared, “He needs sympathy too.  If he’s a criminal, everybody’s a criminal.”  Bear in mind that Mixon was suspected of committing several rapes, including one involving a 12 year-old girl.

3/25/2009

San Francisco school board may overturn JROTC ban

Filed under: California Politics — aunursa @ 8:47 pm

The San Francisco Board of Education will reconsider its 2006 decision to end the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.  With three new board members, JROTC supporters believe they have the votes necessary to overturn the previous 4-2 decision that would eliminate the 90 year-old program from public high schools this coming June.  The program served some 1600 students at the time of the initial decision.

In November San Francisco voters passed Proposition V, a non-binding measure in support of JROTC, by a 53-47 margin.  Even in the most anti military city in America, a majority of residents support the program.

Eric Linarez, 18, echoed the arguments of many opponents in a statement reported by the San Francisco Examiner.  The teenager made the seemingly opposing complaints that JROTC discriminates against gays and lesbians and targets blacks and Hispanics for military service.  Apparently we need more LGBT soldiers to take the place of overrepresented black and Latino soldiers.  (I personally oppose the military ban on gay and lesbian service.  Openly gay soldiers serve countries such as Israel with no detrimental effects.  And obviously I reject the idea that the program does or should specifically target certain racial groups for recruitment.)

Hundreds of students and parents are to be commended for have worked tirelessly for over 2 1/2 years to overturn the initial decision.  The board will vote on the new measure in three weeks.

3/24/2009

What is a Hypocrite?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fritz @ 9:39 pm

 

Maverick Philosopher has recently written some interesting posts about hypocrisy.  He notices that the charge of hypocrisy is a popular one, but few ever attempt to get to the bottom of what it really means with any degree of philosophic rigor.  He noticed that since, short of being a saint, we all fail to live up to our moral ideals (unless those ideals are scandalously low), being a hypocrite can’t mean simply not living up one’s ideals or hypocrite would simply be an uninteresting synonym for human being.

To solve this problem, and breath some life into the word, he makes a useful distinction between what he calls Strivers, those who espouse high ideals but fail to live up to them; Hypocrites, those who espouse high ideals but make little or no effort to live up to them; and Scamps, those who do not espouse any ideals at all. 

What got me thinking about MP’s post were the following statements: (more…)

What Are Political Parties For?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fritz @ 10:37 am

A political party qua political party is an organization dedicated to winning elections.  (A politician is a self-interested seeker of re-election.)  The winning of elections is the primary goal of a political party. All other goals which any particular political party may espouse are either secondary or strategy.  Furthering an ideology, distributing goods and services to supporters, petitioning a redress of grievances, etc…, are all either secondary or strategic considerations.

The true nature of political parties is a problem for an ideologue, or, to be more fair, those who wish to espouse a particular ideology above all else.  The Libertarian Party is not a true political party.  Its primary goal is not to win elections.  The Libertarians refer to themselves as the party of principle.  Winning elections is often an unprincipled business.

True political parties adopt the ideological positions they do because they think that those positions will help them win elections.  They “sell” that position to voters by providing distinctions (or blurring distinctions as the case may be), disseminating positive and negative information, and making persuasive arguments to voters so as to give them reasons to support that political party.

 

3/22/2009

Now They Tell Us, Part 3147

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 8:48 am

According to the LA Times, al Qaeda is reeling from Predator strikes that have been killing many of their operational leaders.  And, amazingly (once you get past the misleading headline), Bush is given most of the credit.

An intense, six-month campaign of Predator strikes in Pakistan has taken such a toll on Al Qaeda that militants have begun turning violently on one another out of confusion and distrust, U.S. intelligence and counter-terrorism officials say.

The pace of the Predator attacks has accelerated dramatically since August, when the Bush administration made a previously undisclosed decision to abandon the practice of obtaining permission from the Pakistani government before launching missiles from the unmanned aircraft.

Of course, the credit is given now that it doesn’t do him any good.  Funny the secrets the press can keep.

And yet another Bush GWoT operation that Obama has signed off on.  Change even a cynic can believe in.

3/21/2009

Other Income to Tax

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 4:08 pm

Since taxing AIG bonuses at 90% seems popular (ignoring Article I, Section 9), some additional targets for Congress’ wrath:

  • Spammers
  • Abortionists
  • Cigarette manufacturers
  • Illegal aliens
  • Religious proselytizers (why not ignore that part of the Constitution, too?)
  • Cold callers
  • Daytime TV hosts
  • ACLU members
  • Gun shop owners

Et cetera

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