January 19, 2013

You know, I’ve been posting on my other blog, walternatives.blogspot.com.  Fact is, I lost the password to this one through inactivity, and I just let it go.

But I’m considering putting all of my blogging on my own site, rather than on a “free” hosted site through Google or WordPress.  I have to figure out how to do it, and then I have to figure out if it is worth it.


Veteran’s Day

November 12, 2009

Hey.  Google put up a Veteran’s Day thingy.  Way to go.  I didn’t think they had it in them.


The French? Really?

October 9, 2009

When the French, yeah, the French, can see it, maybe there could be a chance for San Francisco after all.

Remember, it was the French president, of all people, who described our president as naive and narcisstic, when it comes to his approach to atomic threats from Iran. Yeah, the French president. (I may be wrong about this, but my impression is that the last time the French were seriously warlike was with Napoleon. Or maybe back in 1066.)

I don’t think it’s that the French have decided to “cowboy up.” (I’m in Arizona right now, and I heard somebody say that.) I think it’s that the French are thinking that they are closer to Iran than we are, and they are seeing Putin “cowboy up.”

Could it be that the French are rightly concerned whether or not we could be trusted to come to the rescue, for a third time? And that’s a fair question, the answer to which I’m not at all certain I’m comfortable that I know how it should be answered, let alone how it would be answered when the time comes.


The Bust-out, I mean, Bail-out . . .

February 6, 2009

Now this is going to be interesting, particularly if other people decide to get on board with it.

Basically, we are talking about actually following the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, and we are right back to the states’ rights arguments of the fifties and sixties — which, I might add, got overwhelmed in what passed for hopeychangeyness of those times during conditions of cold war emergency.

The emergency conditions required the states to tacitly consent to  strong  federal government to do whatever it took to shelter us from being overwhelmed  by a nuclear international socialism.  We got bigger government.  Some pointed out that by accepting a more centralized government which increasingly intruded into personally liberties, we were more closely resembling our Marxist foes.  But that notion was thought to be dangerous nonsense in times of emergency.

It’s always an emergency that requires us to give in to erosion of liberty, with the implication that when the emergency is over, liberty can be tolerated once again.  But the sense of emergency never ends.  We just add to it.

For example, the current economic emergency only took about ten years to create, despite warnings that it was coming as early as 2002, by the Bush administration, and the warnings were repeated periodically, and John McCain went so far as to introduce legislation to deal with the dangers presented by Fannie and Freddie dominating home mortgages.  It all came to nothing as the other side of the Congress denounced Bush as a warmonger and a moron, and Schumer and Franks assured everybody that our mortgage system was incredibly sound and socially beneficial to boot.

I suppose from the point of view of the corrupt Washington power brokers, it was true.  Any industry which could afford to so profligately spread cash around amongst the elite elected, must be doing well.

Now, we have a full-blown emergency, and the Ds are complaining that the Rs are dithering around dangerously, and denying the remedies required by the need to manage the emergency.  And what do they say is needed?  Well, we are going end up  “owning” banks and big businesses — when it appears that they cannot manage their way out of the piles of political obligation that will arrive at about the same time the bail-out does.  Business cannot survive if their customers cannot afford to buy their products, and people cannot afford to buy much if their money is going to Washington to pay for the bail-out.  And, oh, the Rs aren’t all that much more honorable in this mess, as they want to create the appearance that they aren’t rolling over on this on, by insisting on doing everything the D’s propose, only less 4%.

Wait a minute! Why, it looks a lot like a classic Chicago mob bust out.   Loan the struggling businessman $1500 you know he can’t repay when it’s due, and “refinance the debt” by giving him more time at ever more interest and with the addition of a little creative threatening of his family and manhood, you can end up owning a business for actual investment of only $1500.  Then liquidate the business because even salvage value is a lot more than the $1500.  That’s a bust out, Chicago style.

Well, we’ve already gone way far down that path, for any states to be talking about constitutional states’ rights at this late date.  Goldwater died on that hill in 1960.  And Obama won, brandishing the power of the federal government to be a hope and change agent.

So if Arizona and New Hampshire want to talk about the Ninth and Tenth Amendment at this late date in the process, they had damn sure be ready to protect themselves.  Otherwise, the feds are going to come break their legs and rape their baby sisters in front of them if they won’t stay with the program and play  ball.

Unless . . .  I’m just thinking here . . . unless maybe some other states would do the same thing, and a bunch of states would just start lobbing tenth amendment arguments at the federal government and if there were enough of them . . .

Nah, Oregon will never go for it.  We already think the U.S. should be ruled by the United Nations.

Is it time to start calling everybody “comrade” yet?  Or do we wait for later?


Movie review . . .

January 17, 2009

My bride and I rented Mamma Mia! – The Movie.

Don’t make the same mistake.  By any standard you can think of, this is a stinker for the ages.


Our government has the answer . . .

January 4, 2009

“Stupidity got us into this mess–why can’t stupidity get us out?”— Will Rogers.


Hide the silver, Congress is in session . . .

January 3, 2009

The United States Congress is going to be back and open for business this Monday.

I figure you have until about 3:00 in the afternoon, Monday, to gather up all your extra cash into nice firm rolls, stick the rolls into glass jars with screw-on lids, and bury them in the back yard.

What?   You don’t have any glass jars or back yard?  You don’t have any extra cash either?  You don’t even know anybody who has any extra cash worth burying?

I guess that means Congress already got it all.  It’s gone.

So I guess that necessarily means that you won’t be bothered, since its all gone,  if income taxes are increased,  since income taxes pre-suppose there’s something there to take but they already got it all.

Hey, no problemo here.

And you won’t mind if Congress gives it all away to corporations, banks, and insurance companies, as their revenue is in the crapper  seeing as how there isn’t enough money left amongst the citizenry to keep  corporate officers going in their accustomed style.

You might, however, ask yourself how it is that a young man of no talent, modest means,  negative physical attractiveness and mediocre intellect can nevertheless live a lifestyle that takes about 3 quarters of a million a year to produce, while earning only about $150,000 a year, and still eventually retire with millions — all while producing nothing of any real value?

No, that’s an easy question.

The hard question is why people are attempting to hold up banks, pizza shops, and car washes when they could go into the politics.