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May 03, 2010

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Danube of Thought

I suppose we can assume that Frank Rich is alarmed. Oh, the violence! Oh, the humanity!

Captain Hate

[MFM]The protests were mostly peaceful[/MFM]

anduril

This will blow your mind, but do yourself a favor and read this interview with Fritz Hollings: Do a Good Job: Interview With Senator Ernest Hollings. You won't agree with all of it, but it'll sure get you thinking. Excerpts:

The IRA: We'll get right to it. How do you assess the situation with the US economy?

Hollings: I got elected in 1948. In those days you had to do a good job to get reelected. I pushed a sales tax to help fund improvements in education, especially for black students. We had no black education in South Carolina in those days. But my point is that you had to do a good job, to be effective in those days. Not anymore. I can tell you for that crowd coming into Washington today reelection is the first order of business and that means money. In my last race, I raised $8.5 million which is $30,000 per week, every week for six years. It means that you can't get it all in your state and especially for me in a Republican state like South Carolina. You have to travel the country looking for money. You got to rely on the Senate campaign finance committee. Chuck Schumer put $15 million in at the end of Jim Webb's campaign and elected him to the Senate in Virginia. Schumer shocked 'em in Virginia. Same thing in Massachusetts with this fellow Scott Brown. He was nine points down and $14 million came in the last ten days of the campaign. He is now the Senator from Massachusetts.

The IRA: Nothing has changed then. They used to call it Tammany Hall, now its just Chuck Schumer. So we hear that members of Congress work three days a week and fund raise Friday through Monday?

Hollings: Yes. I used to travel for all of the members of the Senate to raise money, not just the members on my committee. I even went to a fund raiser for a fellow named Barrack Obama before he was elected to the Senate. Dick Durban asked me to go. Money, money, money, money. There is a cabal comprised of the big banks, Wall Street, corporate America and the Congress -- members of both parties -- and what they decide is about money. Corporate American is off shoring as fast as they can -- the jobs and the money and investment, the research and the development, really the whole economy. In the past three months, GM produced more cars in China than in the US. We own a Chinese company. You and I and the taxpayers own an interest in a Chinese company.

...

The IRA: Where do the people of the US obtain the leverage to change money politics? We've described the relationship between the Congress, the Fed and the Big Banks as "the alliance of convenience." How do you attack this problem and win? Money has been part of American politics for all long as we have been a nation.

Hollings: That's right. I am as frustrated as any. I speak and write but it has no effect on Larry Summers and Tim Geithner, who sank the trade policy. They want to keep Wall Street and the banks up and Goldman Sachs up. They don't give a damn about jobs or environmental safety of labor in Shanghai. As long as the market's up they think we have a good economy. The market's up my ass. We're broke. Everybody's broke. We have 12 % unemployment in South Carolina, where we have growing industries.

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The IRA: Beggar thy citizen.

Hollings: They are going to China, they are going to India or Vietnam or wherever they can. Business is business. And we have come to a cul-de-sac in this country where we cannot produce many goods at a profit. If Christopher Whalen Manufacturing goes to the bank and says I can manufacturer this desk for x dollars, lend me $2 million to set up a factory. The banker will say well can you meet the price of the China place? Hollings Manufacturer has moved to China and can bring that desk into this country cheaper than you can manufacturer right here. The banker won't make the loan.

I won't pretend to have the answers, but these do seem to be core problems--but how to fix them?

anduril

Do yourself another favor--read Spengler today: General Petraeus' Thirty Years War. I don't agree with everything he says, partly because he's an ueber Zionist, but he says some true things:

Petraeus accomplished the same thing with (literally) bags of money. Starting with Iraq, the American military has militarized large parts of the Middle East and Central Asia in the name of pacification. And now America is engaged in a grand strategic withdrawal from responsibility in the region, leaving behind men with weapons and excellent reason to use them.

Petraeus' "surge" of 2007-2008 drastically reduced the level of violence in Iraq by absorbing most of the available Sunni fighters into an American-financed militia, the "Sons of Iraq," or Sunni Awakening. With American money, weapons and training, the remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime have turned into a fighting force far more effective than the defunct dictator's state police. And now the American military is doing the same thing in Afghanistan, and, under General Keith Dayton, in Palestine. America is pouring money - which is to say weapons - into disputed areas of Afghanistan, and building the core of a Palestinian army. The latter's mission is to impose a pro-Western Palestinian government on a population of whom two-thirds oppose the two-state solution. It more likely will end up fighting Israel.

Petraeus created a balance of power between Sunnis and Shi'ites by reconstructing the former's fighting capacity, while persuading pro-Iranian militants to bide their time. To achieve this balance of power, though, he built up Sunni military power to the point that - for the first time in Iraq's history - Sunnis and Shi'ites are capable of fighting a full-dress civil war with professional armed forces. "Nation-building" in Iraq failed to construct any function feature of civil society - a concept hitherto unknown to Mesopotamia - except, of course, for the best-functioning organized groups of killers that Iraq ever has had.

The Iranians had no interest in disrupting the surge. If they had, the American military would have made short work of their local proxies, who never could outfight the US Marines. Iran is patient, playing for time, possibly to acquire nuclear weapons - which Washington has all but conceded - and until the Americans withdraw, which they must sooner or later.

An old Israeli joke says that you can't buy an Arab, but you can rent one. An October 16, 2007, report describes the first meeting between the then commander of American forces in Iraq, Major General Rick Lynch, and his superior, Petraeus, with Sunni tribal leaders:

One mentions weapons, but the general insists: "I can give you money to work in terms of improving the area. What I cannot do - this is very important - is give you weapons."

The gravity of the war council in a tent at the US forward operating base at Camp Assassin is suspended for a few moments as one of the local Iraqi leaders says jokingly but knowingly: "Don't worry! Weapons are cheap in Iraq."

"That's right, that's exactly right," laughs Lynch in reply.

...

All this leaves the region in an icy calm, as all the players wait to see who will make the first move. Thanks to American money and American training, the next round of the game in Iraq will be played for keeps. And if Iran acquires a nuclear weapon - as it could do in the absence of military intervention - the doll's-house balance of power built by the United States will disappear.

And of course there's lots more. And as you read, keep in mind who came up with these policies.

peter

I visited Santa Cruz with my family once. My kids were little, and we had to explain to them what drugs were because there were so many crazy burnt out former hippies people walking around begging. Spectacular location, though.

DrJ

WTF does this have to do with the posted topic?

Rob Crawford

The protests were mostly peaceful

I cannot express the anger that phrase inspires in me. After a year of declaring 100% peaceful protests as the coming rebirth of Naziism, they have the gall to newspeak away the violence of their own allies?

anduril

Steve Sailer's blog really stinks--very slow to load. So I can't link it. I'll paste in from Google Reader and give you a link to the full article:

The Rage of the Privileged Classes

Here's the opening of my new VDARE.com column:

Freud noted that human beings like to "project" their own undesirable feelings onto others. The wisdom of that observation became clearer than ever last week as a mounting hysteria infected the elites of the English-speaking world. The rage of the privileged classes was on full display as they projected onto citizens their own vices: ignorance, resentment, and irrational anger.


- The signing of the Arizona immigration law, followed by the slow realization from opinion polls that it was broadly popular, elicited paroxysms of hatred for the American people from the Establishment.

For example, veteran New York Times columnist Frank Rich’s May 1 op-ed included a full helping of the standard code words that enraged members of the media traditionally use to denounce voters who aren’t obeying their rightful masters: "angry," "virus," "hysteria," "vicious," "bigoted," "apoplexy," "slimed," "snarling," "notorious," "incendiary," "rage" and so forth and so on.

- Meanwhile, in Britain, Prime Minister Gordon Brown called a cheeky voter "bigoted" after she dared question his immigration policy.

- And in Massachusetts, , the dean of the Harvard Law School, Martha Minow, one of President Obama’s oldest confidantes, denounced one of her own students for writing an email expressing open-mindedness on the forbidden topic of race and IQ.


Bizarre as it may seem, the potential Supreme Court nominee publicly condemned a private message to a few acquaintances written six months ago—even though it had only been dug up and leaked to the Black Law Students Association by a romantic rival in a petty catfight!

In other words, citizens are winning the debates, so elites would rather demonize than discuss.

Yet, as comical as the last week has been, the power of elites to shut down freedom of speech, to ostracize, to impose dumb dogmas as loyalty tests, must never be underestimated.

Arizona’s SB1070 and immigration: by the end of a tumultuous week, Democratic Party leaders were in disarray as their efforts to turn the illegal immigration controversy into a racial struggle between Hispanics and whites had badly backfired.

The Democrats have long tried to goad Latino voters into viewing enforcement of the laws as a racial insult. But there has never been overwhelming evidence that the average Hispanic-American citizen really shares the Latino Democratic elites’ obsession with opening the border.

For example, in 2006 Arizona voters passed—over the usual bipartisan opposition of the states’ elites—Proposition 200, which required individuals to furnish proof of citizenship when applying for benefits or to vote. Latinos gave it 47 percent support. That’s far more than you would expect from elite assumptions that Hispanic voters' race makes them mindlessly biased in favor of illegal immigration.

Rob Crawford

WTF does this have to do with the posted topic?

Andull prides himself on completely ignoring the topic at hand. Just ignore the little twit, and maybe he'll get his own blog.

DrJ

Just ignore the little twit, and maybe he'll get his own blog.

I do (usually) and he does. No one reads it.

anduril

Their loss. I don't want to clutter it up with current events--not for the most part.

I call these catch up posts--they're extremely relevant to recent topics and posting threads.

Do you want me to start posting recipes? Would that be more relevant?

Hey, use your narcisolator.

Danube of Thought

maybe he'll get his own blog.

Until he does he'll treat this one as though it were his own, in utter disregard of everyone else. Fortunately, it's easy to spot his posts and scroll right on by.

Do you want me to start posting recipes?

No. We want you to take a hike. If you had the slightest capacity to see yourself as others see you, you'd recognize that the sentiment is universal.

Did some news outlet actually say that the "protests were mostly peaceful?"

Captain Hate

Spectacular location, though.

Yes indeed; you gotta pay out the wazz to live there though. Nice place to visit as my youngest Hatette lived there for a while before she discovered she missed the east coast.

Captain Hate

Did some news outlet actually say that the "protests were mostly peaceful?"

Yes, prior to this weekend that's how the Arizona ones were portrayed.

JM Hanes

"I don't want to clutter it up with current events"

It must be Clutter Up Someone Else's Blog Day.

Extraneus

Rush is flaying the EPA today, quoting from Administrator Lisa Jackson's public schedule in the 10 days after the spill, etc.

Earth Day meetings with community leaders, Howard University undergrads, an appearance on the Jon Stewart show, climate change stuff, etc. Not one mention of the spill in any of these events or any public statement until a couple of days ago. Not one note on the EPA web site about the spill.

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Posted by: anduril | May 03, 2010 at xx:xx PM

The textual equivalent of the adults in the Peanuts cartoons on TV.

trket

'In 2014 all U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to have qualifying health coverage. To achieve this goal, by 2014 each state must have a health insurance exchange...'

http://psychservices.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/61/5/537-a

davuil is going to quit crack and go on Social Security. It's about 15,000 a year. Disability should be median income.

Sue

The WaPo is reporting that attempted bombing in NYC looks to have been "internationally coordinated".

wyan

Is the United States entitled to determine who can enter, in what numbers and under what terms and to enforce the laws which protect it’s sovereignty or does the United States simply exist as a place for half the world to come and “work hard”?

Why are native born Americans required to show ID (driver's license) to do JUST ABOUT ANYTHING, but illegal latinos are given carte blanche?

The real question is: does every latino in Mexico and Central America, have a God given right to "migrate" to the USA?

I say no. I say deport all illegals and LOWER LEGAL immigration for a period of ten years or so. Re-balance the scales.

Porchlight

Spectacular location, though.

My brother and his wife met at UCSC. They and their kids now live in Santa Cruz on the edge of town, not far from the Mystery Spot, a cool little old-school tourist trap. He works for Google and commutes to the HQ on the Google bus. She homeschools the kids. It's pretty there and they have a nice life, but it is insanely expensive.

centralcal

Porchlight: All the best (scenic/beachy) spots are before you get into Santa Cruz proper - Rio del Mar, Aptos, Capitola. The Mystery Spot is a hoot. Even though we have vacationed in that area every summer for years, I went for the first time last year with my granddaughters - it is really "trippy."

All of the Monterey Bay area (Carmel to Santa Cruz) is insanely expensive if you want to live there, but quite affordable as a family beach vacation destination. We have rented homes right on the beach (private), condos, etc. Oh, and in many of these areas, there is a price for locals and a higher price for tourists. My sister lives in Pacific Grove, where housing costs are outrageous, but everything else (even dining out) is priced affordably, IF they know you are local.

hit and run

So the rioting in Asheville occurred a week after the Obama and Michelle vacationed there. I'm just saying,you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

RJ

I'm just saying,you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

That's some kind of veiled threat directed at Sylvia isn't it hit?

The thing that boggles my mind (OK, one of the things) is that libs love, love, love Yurp and all things Yurpean, and yet the restrictions on entering an EU country from a non-EU country are very, very strict.

We have the laxest immigration laws in the world, and yet the concept of tightening them up a little sends the left into a conniption. One more thing to add to the list of irrational hypocrisies that define leftist thought.

Captain Hate

The thing that boggles my mind (OK, one of the things) is that libs love, love, love Yurp and all things Yurpean, and yet the restrictions on entering an EU country from a non-EU country are very, very strict.

LOL yes; I once saw an African couple at Charles DeGaulle who told customs they were planning on staying for a month, to which they were asked how much money they brought and were turned away for bringing an inadequate amount. Can you imagine the shark feeding frenzy if that happened here?

hit and run

RJ:
That's some kind of veiled threat directed at Sylvia isn't it hit?

Hmmmm,I hadn't thought of it that way. But if it subliminally involved sylvia,I think it was not so much a threat as it was a veiled accusation that she was in part responsible for the violence in Asheville.

All that irresponsible talk of guns and shooting people me "...robs us of a rational and serious debate, one we need to have about the very real and very big challenges facing this nation. It coarsens our culture and at its worst it can send signals to the most extreme elements of our society that perhaps http://www.breitbart.tv/hitler-paranoia-dangerous-political-rhetoric-whips-protesters-into-vulgar-frenzy/>violence is a justifiable response." To quote someone on sylvia's intellectual plane.

RJ

on sylvia's intellectual plane.

Made by Sopwith to be sure.

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