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Rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies © Robert Sommers 2017

Monday, January 26, 2015

Joe Btfsplk

Just got my boxes out of the truck. Cam called and it turns out my inner calendar was off, I don't have the extra week of respite I thought I had so very soon the road will beckon me onto its potholed paved expanses once again. Need to put new tires on the front end, things are getting a tad squirrelly. Broke a tooth on a skittles in the hotel room the other night so there goes the meager lucre I managed to drum up this weekend.

An heiress type person that I know told me that she really loved the blog because it was oodles of fun watching me avert financial disaster all the time. My honor to amuse and entertain you, madam. Heloc matured this month, could never get the banker on the phone, turns out he was out sick, there goes another thousand every month. Hysterical.

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JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: It seems that terrorists are now competing with each other for recruits and perpetrating ever more macabre crimes. Now, need I remind you, the 20th century was defined by the civilized world struggle to develop the rule of law as an alternative to chaos, disorder and dictatorship. And today we are witnessing nothing more than a form of criminal anarchy, a nihilism which illegitimately claims an ideological and religious foundations. Against this enemy, we are increasingly organizing and fighting back, but in doing so we also have to keep our heads. Obviously, the biggest error that we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone. Crimes that the overwhelming majority of Muslims oppose. Crimes that their faith utterly rejects and that Muslim leaders themselves have the greatest ability to address. Religions don't require adherence to be raze villages and blow up people, it's individuals with a distorted and an even ignorant interpretation of religion who do that.
I could riff on a lot of stuff but don't have any gas left in my tank. Love Obama and Kerry falling all over themselves not using islamic and terrorists in the same sentence since everybody knows that it is only a bunch of misguided nihilists who have nothing whatsoever to do with Islam who are responsible for all the mischief. People have to have a good reason to act like assholes, if we would only try to understand them... Except what about Major Nidal and the state sponsored terrorists and the people who are killing children and educated women and preaching for a worldwide caliphate and sharia law in europe and support beheadings and flogging and honor killing and...they aren't necessarily kids or individuals, some of them are even promulgated by certain islamic countries? Folly of some idiots, ascribing theological motivations to people that bomb synagogues and kosher supermarkets. Never mind, fuck it, I'm not going to get myself worked up.

We know who Obama thinks the real bad guy is, Israel, and the left is merrily following along. Heard some nasty shit on MSNBC the other day, liberals Israel bashing with glee. Obama is shifting the deck, he is triangulating the bad jews, (the one's that support Israel) and is purportedly ready to exact extreme vengeance on Bibi, a guy who admittedly is a real double dealing asshole. But also the guy responsible for keeping his people alive when the next door neighbor has repeatedly pledged to annihilate them. I personally think the muslims would be creating worldwide havoc even if there was no Israel. It's in the original creed. Read it.

American hostage in Iran
Pardon me and the Israelis for not putting much stock in Barack's promises. He drew a red line in Syria too and the mofos laughed as they jumped right over it. The puta didn't move a muscle. Now he is supposed to be trusted to cut a deal with the Persians. Lot of great Iranians I know, but no betting man would place a wager as to how the internal dissension in their country will finally shake out. Hate to rely on their word with their record.

Iranians burning the american flag - 1979

Don't think Obama personally resonates real well with the yids. Except maybe for Rahm and Axelrod, I guess. His affinity lays more with his early indonesian schoolmates and perhaps Reverend Wright, not that there is anything wrong with that. Kerry and his wife's sympathies aren't so hard to divine either.

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The line of Kerry's that I can't quite grok is this one: Obviously, the biggest error that we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone. Who else is he referring to here? The Lutherans? Psychopathic killers? Is this merely a gratuitous throw in or worse, is he trying to make some arcane case of moral equivalence? But with who?

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The Keystone thing is kind of interesting. Great optics to have a major benzene spill in the Yellowstone River while this whole thing is going on. A foreign country suing americans for eminent domain so that they can build a pipeline that is estimated will create 35 permanent jobs located over an aquifer to ship canadian oil to the chinese faster. I love this country! FYI, my bladder cancer was said to have been benzene related. Why are we making work anyway for americans? Isn't that socialism?

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The President does seem to have been stimulated of late and finally finding a little passion in his game. Who knew that his strength was playing defense? What a wasted opportunity.

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Today is Auschwitz memorial day, seventy years past. My Grandmother Pessa Shkarlat's family from Wyszkow all exterminated in the camp. Nine brothers and sisters, only one other sister, Malka, made it out. Light a candle. They say never again but we know it can always happen again.



"Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste-- nothing escapes them." Joel 3

3 comments:

Jon Harwood said...

I was looking at the fount of all wisdom, Wikipedia, reading about the late bronze age collapse in the Med.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late_Bronze_Age_collapse

While such comparisons amount to historical malpractice or something awful like that, I am still struck by some similarities between the situation described in the article and the overall civilizational mess we are experiencing. In particular the relative level of social/civilizational complexity of the civilizations that fell versus the social simplicity of the barbarians.

In our time we are witnessing an exponential explosion in the complexity of the "cultures" and a backlash from the "rubes". In our case the rubes are Islamic and Christian fundamentalists and the various other knuckle draggers who seem to be incapable of coping, who overlay an idealistic schema over reality and who are quite ready to engage in violence to defend the schema. The most obnoxious barbarians being the Islamic fundamentalists and the hordes of backward villagers who comprise their armies.

"They" certainly are nipping at our heels and we increase our vulnerability as the complexity of our civilization advances.

I suppose that is about as far as I ought to push the analogy as I sense that there are a lot of potential outcomes to our current problems and they may not all be so negative as things went for the ancients.

Besides the Koch brothers are well on their way to purchasing national elections and that problem is an entirely different dynamic.

Blue Heron said...

Interestingly, a great number of the terrorists that have been identified in both this country and europe had advanced college degrees. Not sure if it is a case of primitivism or complexity but it is an interesting point.

Jon Harwood said...

Yeah, there are a lot of cross currents. The complexity argument doesn't explain everything, hence the caveats in my first post. We do get attacked via weaknesses in our complex systems including airlines and computer systems.

The college boys making bombs may just be narcissistic misfits or people who were marginalized after leaving the "old country".

I will shave the rest of my hair off in tribute to the person who actually figures the dynamics out.

Meanwhile I am getting quite fed up with the s**t from the Middle East.