I have some business and personal projects to attend to, so blogging will be light to nil for a while, except when it’s not.
Archives for September 2006
Unless Kim what’s to block all traffic to his website, I’m not sure how he can defeat my solution to his referrer block.
Bwa ha ha ha!
The little sissy.
Charles Hueter has a piece up where he questions his own thinking in regard to the U.S. actions taken in response to 9/11. Part of his piece is a substantial list of articles written in the wake of 9/11 that warned against taking the international action that the U.S. eventually did take.
I sit now in sober understanding that their warnings, accusations, and
predictions deserved the serious attention they were denied by those
who would accuse such concern as anti-American, treasonous,
counter-productive, and childish.
The essential lesson I should have learned from September
11th is that the state causes more problems than it solves and that is
a direct result of the moral bankruptcy of the arguments in support of
it and its actions.
Indeed, in that my own rejection of such things as Harry Browne’s 4-part series at the time was motivated by what I saw as a blame-America-first, anti-American sentiment that seemed so misplaced in those surreal days following 9/11. Had I been paying more attention, or thought it through better, I might have concluded that it was a blame-the-state-first, anti-state message that was the essence of that series and other articles. In fact, in the past couple of years I have stressed a differentiation between the U.S. Government and America that I believe is of essential importance, and I wonder if had I developed that thinking more clearly in those days, my eventual take on the U.S. Government’s actions would have been different.
I’m going to have to go back and read those articles he cites in order to see how my thinking may have changed.
One thing that has not changed, or will change, is the moral imperative to preemptively kill anyone who threatens to kill someone else, has reasonable means of doing so, and really means it. That is the moral basis for killing thousands and thousands of Muslim terrorists before 9/11, after 9/11, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The limit to how many ought to be killed is determined only by how many still affirm their oath.
It is for this reason, and this reason alone, that I supported the U.S. Government’s expeditions. Yes, they are funded with stolen money; but to draw an analogy, if the thief who just stole your purse is standing between you and someone else who wants to kill you, it’s probably not the time to concern yourself with the theft. Values don’t exist in a vacuum; their relative hierarchical worth is often dependent upon current circumstances.
I cannot help but think at this point that I see almost no personal or social benefit to the expeditions in either Afghanistan or Iran, and I would only think in terms of "benefit" when it is about defending against or removing real threats. At the same time, I see signs that we are accelerating into an age of totalitarianism under the guise of "safety." Most of you just don’t know how real and oppressive is the regime to small and medium size businesses, and by small, I mean generally in excess of 10 employees. For most mom & pops, the state hasn’t yet worked its way down that far and it’s still quite possible to operate in relative freedom under the radar.
But once you begin making any sort of impact, you get noticed, and there is no end to the bureaubots who want and "need" to justify their "jobs" at your expense. It’s generally taken for granted that federalism is a good thing. Yea? Well it’s a nightmare for a national business that must address the same issues over and over and over, times 50. You can’t even imagine.
I know I’m going off track with this, but I really didn’t know where this would go when I began writing it. I suppose my overall point is that America is, to me, magnitudes worse than it was in 2001 in some profound way, and I think that the actions of 19 lunatics on September 11 of that year have very, very little to do with it directly — which is to say that the response has far outstripped the risk.
On the other hand, I could be wrong about that, and I’m just second-guessing without much basis for how things might have been with a less expeditionary response to 9/11.
Kim du Toit, reviewing ABC’s Path to 9/11:
(http://www.theothersideofkim.com/index.php/tos/9763/ – copy and paste into a new tab or window due to his sissy referrer block from this site and others)
The difference here is about power. Conservatives attain
power, and then are reluctant to use it because they inherently don’t
trust it. Liberals attain power—it’s what they live for—but shrink from
Liberals are comfortable using what I call anonymous power: adding rules and regulations, tightening existing ones, and using precedent all the time…
This pot-calls-kettle-black, tribal sort of hair splitting really speaks for itself. Conservatives reluctant to use their political power? Conservatives don’t add rules and regulations, tighten existing ones, or use precedent? Now I’ve heard everything. You really, really have to be a Kool-Aid drinker to believe that shit. Of course, Kim has no shortage of those at all. Just a couple of comment excerpts:
True words, Kim. – Peter G
Bravo! As usual. – John Collins
That’s when we killed him.
I don’t know about you, but that line had me laughing my ass off.
I don’t have any idea who these people are, or what teams they’re actually playing for. It makes no difference. I post it simply to illustrate the slow death of western culture at its very root. It speaks for itself.
You deserve it. None of this is likely to have happened without you.
What the hell is it with the resurgence of these Nigerian email scams lately? Anyone else suddenly begin seeing a lot of them in their junk email folder? I can’t believe it’d still be worth it. Is anyone still falling for these obvious and silly scams? Jesus, these things were around even before email. I used to get them in snail mail to my business address.
I guess new crops of ignoramuses must be falling for them, or they wouldn’t be wasting their time.
I have an unconventional way of looking at that sort of thing. You know what? I’m not interested in spending a goddamn nickel to put these kinds of people out of business. Sure, they’re thieves, I hope they all die and burn in hell, but ya gotta admit: they do serve a useful purpose in treating morons to a lesson they just might remember.
I was recently at a conference in Vegas and one of the speakers was a deputy AG from Florida whose "claim to fame" was prosecuting and putting Miss Cleo out of business for "deceptive trade practices;" like, you know, failure to disclose that the "readings" they sold customers were not "actual psychic readings." I dunno…I’m guessing that for those, you have to go to a state-licensed "psychic."
My attitude about the thing at the time was that anyone who’ll pay someone money to tell them what they already know just deserves everything they get.
"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."— H.L. Mencken
Leave Miss Cleo alone. <laf>
Radley Balko, who you really can’t say enough good about for his work in the Cory Maye case, is in Mississippi attending Maye’s hearing to get his sentence overturned, or, failing that, a new trial.
He has a report. Go take a look at the state’s "credible witness." What a piece of work.
The whole Cory Maye story, here.