Friday, December 10, 2010

The Circle W Cowboys - 3

In the previous episodes of this series, "The Circle W Cowboys - 2" for example, we expanded upon the theme set forth in "A 'W' On Every Compass Point" to show how a myopic meme complex is born and raised in Washington.

The name that has stuck to that meme complex is "business as usual" (BAU).

The White House, Congress, and the Judiciary are full, and seemingly permanent, members of the BAU meme complex, even though from time to time they seek to repudiate their membership in BAU, campaigning on that premise incessantly.

But for the most part BAU captivates and changes them so they never change BAU, as their campaign rhetoric promises would indicate.

We can see it for absolutely certain in The W Tax Cut scenario, which is now a raging bull, a heart-throb part of BAU over at The Circle W.

The script, talking points, or shall we say meme complex mantra from the BAU says that if we don't do the tax cuts for the rich, we could go into recession again.

Listen you self-hypnotized BAU zombies, these tax cuts combined with runaway war spending, combined with borrowing from Japan & China caused the recession in the first place.

Your proposal, Mr. W Obama of The Circle W BAU, adds over a Trillion Dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) to what is already a gigantic mindless deficit.

When you say it stimulates the economy, I agree.

It is just that this tax cut proposal for the rich, by the rich, stimulates the economy in the wrong direction, the destructive, mindless W direction.

The sane direction, the proper medicine, is cutting mindless war spending instead of more of the same idiotic poisons.

Get real and lose the denial.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Deciders: Nancy Pelosi & House Democrats - 2

In the first post in this series we noted that civics 101 counsels us to realize that the House of Representatives is still controlled by Democrats, and that Nancy Pelosi is still Speaker of The House.

The reason that is critical is that the House has the first say in budget matters under our federal constitution, and they must agree with the Senate, or no bill gets passed then sent to the President.

In that regard, we suggested that the Obama Tax Deal with the Republicans was not a done deal, because the House would be the final decider.

Evidently the House Democrats want no part of the Obama deal:

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is unlikely to bring up President Obama's tax cut deal to the floor for a vote in its current form in light of the Democratic caucus' rejection of the package Thursday morning, according to a key lawmaker involved in the discussions.
(Huffington Post). Good, now the President should do what he should have in the first place, and try to convince the 7 Democrats in the Senate (53 agree with Pelosi) to do the proper thing, instead of playing footsie with the Republicans to do the wrong thing.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Indispensable Nation For Global Nihilism

Mrs. John Edwards (Elizabeth) passed away yesterday on Pearl Harbor Day.

It was the day the President announced that the warsters and plunder barons had convinced him to help them plunder the people's treasury some more, like the harbor was plundered decades ago, and like Elizabeth was plundered by runaway growth (cancer).

Today is John Lennon's birthday, whose life was ended by an American who had passed his own personal peak of sanity, and had passed into a dark realm.

Meanwhile, Cancun is hosting a meeting between nations to talk about something, which I think ought to be called "global nihilism", the source of global warming, global climate change, and global weather weirdness:
ni·hil·ism: (nahy-uh-liz-uhm) –noun.

1. total rejection of established laws and institutions;

2. anarchy, terrorism, or other revolutionary activity;

3. total and absolute destructiveness, esp. toward the world at large and including oneself ...
(Dictionary). The Warlords of Civilization are in rebellion to the established laws of the Earth, institutionalized in the ecosystem around us.

The laws that allow biological life to continue so long as those laws are obeyed, so long as the Earth is respected.

The anarchy, terrorism, and other revolutionary activity, in furtherance of the war against Earth life, will bring and is bringing total and absolute destruction to civilization as we know it.

Meanwhile some of those warlord nihilists suffering from nationalistic exceptionalism as well, have gone on to say:
“Now, I’ve heard the impact of these releases on our foreign policy described as a meltdown, as a game-changer, and so on. I think those descriptions are fairly significantly overwrought. The fact is, governments deal with the United States because it’s in their interest, not because they like us, not because they trust us, and not because they believe we can keep secrets. Many governments — some governments — deal with us because they fear us, some because they respect us, most because they need us. We are still essentially, as has been said before, the indispensable nation.
(NY Times, emphasis added). How is that viewpoint working out for establishing international relationships?

You need me, I am indispensable, you are not.

Can there be any wonder about why, as Mr. Secretary Gates also said, that our neighbours "deal" with the U.S.A. "not because they like us, not because they trust us"?

That is why the climate change conferences, like Cancun, "work" the way they do, why "peace" talks "work" the way they do, and why Washington "works" the way it does.

Egomaniacal control freaks imposing their bad will on others through the vehicle of imperialistic oppression never leads to a normal way of life.

It leads, instead, to the nihilistic "global weirding" way of death.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Deciders: Nancy Pelosi & House Democrats

The recent Dredd Blog post "Obama: The Republican Candidate in 2012?" will seem less far fetched today after President Obama caved in to rich republicans and agreed to tax extensions for two years for the daddy warbucks 2% over us.

What everyone seems to be forgetting at the moment is that the House of Representatives is still controlled by the democrats.

The House is still led by Nancy Pelosi, and thus, the House members are the deciders as to whether to give the tax cuts to the rich or not to.

In fact, they have already voted against it, voting instead to extend only the tax cuts for those making less than $250G a year.

So Obama may call it "bi-partisan", but since the House Democrats aren't part of that "bi", he must be calling the Senate Republicans & the House Republicans a "bi-partisan" group.

More than that, the democrats who lost their seats will cast a vote on whether or not to continue to lower the taxes of the rich, and they have nothing to loose.

They may have a little pay back for Mr. Obama in mind.

That is as it should be, since he seems to be going masochistic and needs to get it from both sides one would guess.

Sometimes the politicians are blown off course by their own bloviating so they forget their civics 101, forget that the congress is bi-cameral, and forget that budget bills must originate in the House of Representatives according to our Constitution (last time I checked anyway).

Thus, the President is dissing the House of Representatives, and specifically those of "his own party", by doing the bidding of the Republicans.

Call your representatives and tell them to shut down Obama's Stockholm Syndrome suffering with some good old fashioned House medicine.

Yes we should.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cancun: "More Than Previously Thought"

I read and hear the phrase everywhere all the time.

It has now been applied to a vast area of the U.S.A., the interior of Alaska, which is about the size of the central plains of the lower 48 states - a huge area.

The phrase I am talking about is "more than previously thought".

The phrase must echo off the walls down in Cancun, Mexico, where national environmentalists are getting together again to try to agree not to destroy civilization.

Cancun is near the area where, about 65 million years ago, an asteroid impact destroyed 90% of land animals, created a 120 mi. wide crater, and spread the K-T extinction layer materials all around the globe.

"The phrase" has now applied to Alaska again, a phrase that is heard more and more in this epoch of criminal insanity, and heard probably more that any other phrase in climate science:
Climate change is causing wildfires to burn more fiercely, pumping more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than previously thought, according to a new study to be published in Nature Geoscience this week.

This is the first study to reveal that fires in the Alaskan interior -- an area spanning 18.5 million hectares -- have become more severe in the past 10 years, and have released much more carbon into the atmosphere than was stored by the region's forests over the same period.


"These findings are worrisome because about half the world's soil carbon is locked in northern permafrost and peatland soils. This is carbon that has accumulated in ecosystems a little bit at a time for thousands of years, but is being released very rapidly through increased burning."
(Science Daily). It is like the old war spending propaganda, or the Bush II pharmaceutical law calculations, in that "it will cost this much" sooner than later becomes "it will cost more than previously thought".

After hearing or reading it about a thousand times one comes to the conclusion that scientists are trying to understate the case of global warming & global climate change, so the herd does not stampede.

One of the reasons is that the national lizard brain gets all mavericky and rogue when reality implicates and stimulates the reptilian fear of death mechanism:
Put simply, people's beliefs about reality provide a buffer against the anxiety that results from living in a largely uncontrollable, perilous universe, where the only certainty is death.


A recent paper by the biologist Janis L Dickinson, published in the journal Ecology and Society, proposes that constant news and discussion about global warming makes it difficult for people to repress thoughts of death, and that they might respond to the terrifying prospect of climate breakdown in ways that strengthen their character armour but diminish our chances of survival. There is already experimental evidence suggesting that some people respond to reminders of death by increasing consumption. Dickinson proposes that growing evidence of climate change might boost this tendency, as well as raising antagonism towards scientists and environmentalists. Our message, after all, presents a lethal threat to the central immortality project of Western society: perpetual economic growth, supported by an ideology of entitlement and exceptionalism.
(Convergence - Fear of Death Syndrome, emphasis added). Publishers are very aware of the lizard brain mechanisms which trigger mobs with pitch forks and other ugly behavior.

That is probably why the article about fires in the interior of Alaska ends with a comment from the editor:
Disclaimer: Views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Science Daily or its staff.
(ibid). The chicken little club of the world has subconsciously formed the united states of fear, fed voraciously by the fear mongers in the united states of war, who have a stronger lizard brain mechanism than the fear of death: denial.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Obama: The Republican Candidate in 2012?

If one reads the scuttlebutt around the tubeosphere, one may just wonder why Obama just doesn't switch parties and get it over with.

The folks are upset with the McFly Act, Transvestite State Secrets in place of Transparency, Tea Bagging Glory in place of Dance With The One Who Brung Yuh, and the like.

Lately the punditosphere has become more and more vocal about the cross dressing, and I ain't talking about Thanksgiving:

... hope for a surprisingly bipartisan conclusion to the lame duck Congress.

My questions are: What planet do he and they think they are on ...

(Fineman). Howard, we answered that question recently in the post On The Origin of MOMCOM.

An exasperated reporter recently ranted:
Within roughly 24 hours, President Obama preemptively capitulated to the Republicans and proposed an unabridged GOP idea -- freezing federal worker salaries, then, almost as if on cue, the Senate Republicans put their unflinching childish obstructionism in writing and pledged to block everything unless the president extends the deficit-ballooning Bush tax rates. And in that mix, the Republicans blocked extensions of unemployment benefits. Twice.

The upshot? The president looks extraordinarily weak. Weaker than at any other time in his presidency. It probably didn't help that he was literally beaten and bloodied when he announced the pay freeze, due to his weekend basketball fracas.

Of course the intention isn't to appear weak. The intention is to appear magnanimous.
(Cesca). In a similar vein there were very rich comments from one who does not like mince meat:
THOSE desperate to decipher the baffling Obama presidency could do worse than consult an article titled “Understanding Stockholm Syndrome”... This dynamic was acted out — yet again — in President Obama’s latest and perhaps most humiliating attempt to placate his Republican captors ...
(Rich). Republican rite wingers are calling him a close friend, while some of them are growing a goatee.

Like Alice said, "things are getting curiouser and curiouser".

Open Thread

Weekend open thread ...

Some learn to "see" sooner than others:
Hey, hey, Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song
’Bout a funny ol’ world that’s a-comin’ along
Seems sick an’ it’s hungry, it’s tired an’ it’s torn
It looks like it’s a-dyin’ an’ it’s hardly been born
("Song To Woody", Bob Dylan, 1962).

Worldwide Oil Availability Has Peaked - EU Energy Chief
The New Zealand Parliament released a study entitled "The Next Oil Shock?":
The US Department of Energy (DoE) calls oil “the lifeblood of modern civilisation”. Around 86 million barrels (13.7 billion litres) are consumed each day. Oil supplies 37 percent of the world’s energy demand, including 40 percent of New Zealand’s energy demand. It powers nearly all of the world’s transportation, without which production and trade would grind to a halt. Studies
have shown that GDP growth is very strongly related to increased use of oil.

When the price of oil increases, the cost of nearly all economic activity rises. This often induces recessions. High oil prices have been associated with three major periods of economic recession in the past 40 years, including the lead-up to the recent global economic crisis.
(NZ Report, PDF, emphasis added). Now I ask you, if a person is bleeding, knowing there is no more blood of her blood type to replace it, what can we say of her if she makes the cut larger on purpose?

Why are warlords of civilization bringing about the demise of current civilization with impunity?
Ron Paul calls for more WikiLeaks:
"What we need is more WikiLeaks about the Federal Reserve," he said. "Can you imagine what it'd be like if we had every conversation in the last 10 years with our Federal Reserve people, the Federal Reserve chairman, with all the central bankers of the world and every agreement or quid-pro-quo they have? It would be massive. People would be so outraged."

Paul, a longtime critic of the US Federal Reserve, is the incoming chairman of a House subcommittee on monetary policy. His most recent book, titled "End the Fed," takes aim at central banks the world over, blaming fiat money systems and fractional reserve banking for the world's increasingly volatile economies.

“In a free society we're supposed to know the truth,” Paul insisted. “In a society where truth becomes treason, then we're in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it.
(Raw Story).
The Newt's Gang Grinch That Stole Xmas