The political right vociferously argues that much or most of the current agenda of the political left violates the intentions of the Founding Fathers, i.e. is unconstitutional. The claim being, in essence, that the genius displayed at the Convention in 1787 created a work product that was designed and intended to be a roadblock in the way of our participation in the development of a modern world.The whole problem with the backward lookers, though, is that they’re so busy trying to argue for why the world should never have been allowed to change like it has that they have no contribution to make at all to the discussion of how we order our affairs in an increasingly more complex future. … Continue reading

Gidget and The Geezer

Gidget and The Geezer probably don’t lie every time they open their mouths. I’m sure that sometimes they just misspeak themselves through the rationalization that if a ton of their B.S. was screened carefully enough at least one kernel of truth would almost certainly be found. Take the situation regarding the contribution made to U.S. energy resources by energy production from Alaska. They famously and repeatedly state that Alaska “produces nearly 20% of the U.S. domestic supply of energy”. Then there’s the facts! It’s simply untrue that Alaska produces anything close to 20 percent of the U.S. “energy supply,” a term that is generally defined as energy consumed. That category includes power produced in the U.S. by nuclear, coal, hydroelectric dams … Continue reading

Bye Fannie, See Ya Freddie: Should the Rest of Us Get Ready to Kiss Our Butts Goodbye?

On my personal ranking of the news events of the past 100 years, the top three stories are (1) Hiroshima/Nagasaki; (2) The tearing down of the Berlin Wall; and (3) The current forcing of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into federal conservatorship. The conventional wisdom, of course, is that Fannie and Freddie are “too big to fail”. Let us, then, explore the ramifications of the pending “bailout”. My personal opinion is that the current resort to conservatorship is an act of near desperation designed, and hopefully well designed, to prevent the impending potential actions of the creditors of the United States Government, the creditors of our very nation, from creating a de facto conservatorship that would be forced on us. … Continue reading

Shall we win for a change?

The War on Terror has finally blended in to the War on Drugs to the extent that it is no longer possible to ignore the connection. AFGHANISTAN: A DOWN YEAR FOR OPIUM PRODUCTION, BUT IS THE TRAFFICKING THREAT RECEDING? Aunohita Mojumdar 8/27/08 A EurasiaNet Q&A with UNODC Afghanistan Country Chief Christina Oguz Afghanistan experienced a 19 percent decrease in the land under opium poppy cultivation in 2008 in comparison with the previous year, according to a report prepared by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. But even as the Afghan government lauds the decline, UN experts worry about another spike in production. This concern is underscored by the fact that actual production of opium declined only by 6 percent … Continue reading

Amazing! Absolutely amazing!

Who knew? If it was possible to see even a sliver of the future, what might be different? Sen. Clinton just gave the presidency to her former rival, Sen. Obama. And in doing so, she accomplished the feat largely by showing the President she would have been, as opposed to the lesser president her campaign, for whatever reason, indicated we might have elected. Meanwhile, Obama seems to have recently been engaged in trying to convince the electorate that he will be a lesser president than the President Hillary has just convinced any discerning observer we will actually be electing by voting for him. Amazing! Absolutely amazing! All that remains now is to see if President Obama can live up to … Continue reading

Why do we even let the riff raff vote?

Paraguay just had an election. The “leftist” won. The whole problem with allowing poor countries to have real elections is that it’s guaranteed that there will be a candidate to run the country who talks about using national resources to benefit the national population. Well, if you let people vote for things that are in their own self interest it seems inevitable that they go with what’s best for themselves. I mean, how can that not be a problem? The guy who just upset 60 years of precedent in Paraguay wants to benefit the majority of the population. At his swearing in ceremony were Chavez of Venezuela, Morales of Bolivia, and Correa of Ecuador. Geez, if this wasn’t a perfect … Continue reading

What’s that smell?

When Reagan and Daddy Bush finally tied the knot after their big dustup in 1980, the only reasonable conclusion was that they were really consummating a marriage between the military/industrial complex and big oil. This probably started out as a tenuous union but eventually morphed into the shadow entity most appropriately known as BUSHCO.          Fast forward to the “presidency” of Junior Bush (he who smiles for the camera in Beijing, giving inane interviews on sports while the country of Georgia sprouts a smallish, but still important, military clash). Did the oil end of the dual headed beast get properly fed subsequent to the 2000 “election”? Maybe the best way to answer this question is to agree that the size of … Continue reading

More shoes drop

The Temptation is to just chalk this up to another monumental blunder by little Georgie, but, really, Ronald Reagan comes in for a heaping helping of blame as well. Why does the “nation” of Georgia even exist? But after Reagan established the precedent with Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, is there any way to deny “national aspirations” to any village on Earth? Tell me, please, the logic in having one planet populated by a single human race that is broken down into many thousands of “nations”. Because that’s where we’re headed to if this keeps up. Imagine for a moment how much easier it would be to fight for human rights if all of the people making up the old Union … Continue reading