July 26th, 2011 by admin
I don’t really know exactly what George Bush was expecting when he created NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/NSPD 51.
But we may be nearing the time when it can be put to good use…
May 2nd, 2011 by admin
It has been one month since this post originally appeared. Let’s see how it’s going.
An interesting set of predictions from a fellow on reddit.
I will just repost this here:
- Very few people will profess that President Obama is not an American citizen after today. The percentage of those who believe that particular myth will fall. TRUE – the “birthers” pretty much disappeared
- President Obama’s popularity will skyrocket for a short period, and probably settle back down in the low 60s. If unemployment continues to fall, he will probably stay there through the election. More like 50%, but still pretty accurate.
- The Republican Party is finished for the short term. It may well split. They have spent the last 3 years calling Obama every vile name in the book, and virtually no one is going to want to hear that now, at least in the short term. They have boxed themselves in by using such extremist language about the President that they cannot now climb back down from it in order to soak up some goodwill. TRUE
- Palin, Gingrich, Trump, and Bachmann are all finished. T R U E!!
- Some prominent names floated for the Republican Presidential Nomination will drop out of the race (or never enter it), because under most circumstances none of those currently mentioned can now defeat Obama, unless something terrible happens before the election. TRUE
- Fox “News” will try to carry on the fight, but fewer people will be in the mood for its viciousness. TRUE – as of this writing
- Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget is dead. Obama will now have tremendous leverage in putting together a less insane budget. SO TRUE
- President Obama’s life is now in real mortal danger. The powers that be now realize they cannot, under most circumstances, defeat him in 2012 at the ballot box. I am certain we will see at least one attempt. NOT YET
- The mood of the nation will start to improve. While this does not change certain economic facts (the debt, etc.), a change in mood could have a tremendous impact on the nation. We really needed a win, and we just got one. People will start to feel better, at least in the short term. Again, that doesn’t change some things, but we just suffered through a bitter, humiliating decade and this will go a long way to lifting the nation’s spirits and hopefully return some rationality to our political debates. Depends on what polls you look at, as of this writing
- Obama will lead the Democrats to a smashing victory in 2012. The Democratic Party will continually remind everyone that Obama is the one who killed him, and not Bush. The Republicans will be unable to attack him with the same amount of rage and vitriol, and therefore will not be able to use fear and hatred to attract votes as they have done since 2001.
- The calls to speed up the withdrawal from Afghanistan will grow. TRUE
- The calls to cut defense spending will grow, as will the movement to tax the rich instead of cut services. Obama will come out strong in favor of the latter, if not the former. TRUE
- The fact that Obama is now a hero will energize the left in this country after a long sleep. Democrats now have their Ronald Reagan. TRUE
- Much of press will now move even more into the Obama camp; this means that many will be less willing to tolerate the irrational attacks on the President (and most of the attacks are irrational) because the viewing public won’t be in the mood to hear it. TRUE, partly – when was the last time you saw Orly Taintz on tv?
- The Republican Party may well now nominate former Governor Tim Pawlenty because he has not been out there saying terrible things about Obama, but is a conservative. I can’t think of anyone else that fits that bill (but I well may). Possible, Pawlenty did announce he will seek the office.
- Conspiracy theories will pop up that this is a fraud, but few people will buy into it. These will be the “death certificate-ers.” If it is a fraud, why release the news at 11:00 on a Sunday night a year and a half before the election? Why not release it next October? TRUE
- The Republicans have spent an entire decade waving this bloody flag, and President Obama just took it away from them. He promised to make bin Laden’s capture a top priority, and he fulfilled that promise. Suddenly a lot of other things he supports are going to make sense to more people. TBD
- Some or all of these predictions depend upon the notion that there will be no major terrorist attack between now and the 2012 elections, or some other national emergency or tragedy for which President Obama would have to take a share of the blame. TBD
- There will always be people who don’t like, and always be people who continue their irrational and rather obsessive hatred for him. But I think that the percentage of those people will fall. Thus everyone who built there reputation on hating Obama will suffer, because fewer people will be in the mood to hate him with such passion. No matter what, he will always be “the guy who got bin Laden.” TRUE, at least the last sentence
- Americans love to back a winner. This has been proven many times over. Obama is now a winner, and a certain percentage of the population will shift to his side, even if they don’t fully understand why. People like to back winners because it makes them feel like they themselves are winners. (Think about how passionate people can be about their sports teams. Why are the Yankees popular? Because they win. It certainly isn’t because they a bunch of good people. But they win and so people like them.) TBD
In 1981, 2 months after taking office, President Ronald Reagan’s popular support had begun to fall. The recession didn’t seem to be getting better. Reagan had proposed a rather radical budget that slashed social spending and taxes, and the Democrats who controlled Congress were not interested. Then, in March, a young man obsessed with Jodi Foster named John Hinkley tried to assassinate Reagan.
As the oldest person ever elected, it didn’t seem likely that he’d survive. But he did. And he was back on the job fairly quickly. His popularity skyrocketed, and the Democrats in Congress caved in and voted for his irrational budget. Reaganomics was born out of the assassination attempt as much as the minds of willfully ignorant economists.
The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of the US military, on the promise of the President, is ten times more important (potentially) than the attempt on Reagan’s life. Why? Because bin Laden gave us a black eye, if you take my meaning. Not only did he murder our fellow Americans, he showed us to be vulnerable. This scared the American people very deeply, and we have held bitter resentment and rage against him ever since then, for both reasons. We can let that anger and rage and bitterness go now that he’s dead. Releasing that tension is incredibly significant to our road ahead. We can move on from 9/11 now, because the architect has been punished, finally, at long last, after years of disappointment and disaster. We will feel better because the person who hurt and humiliated us has now paid with his life.
January 4th, 2011 by admin
Sometimes, the best information is in the comments…as with this today, as commenter ROYC posts at Crooks and Liars:
“There are hundreds of examples of how trickle down, laissez faire economics have failed over the last 40+ years. It should be conventional wisdom that without government making fair rules that protect the lower classes the power will move upward. Soon in a pond of big fish they will keep eating each other until there is no more food and the pond it self dies. The problem is even with all the facts and evidence in the world there are thousands of very loud voices controlling about 90% of all media claiming that black is white, up is down, and the earth is flat. The average person hears seemingly intelligent people spout about their misery and tell them that the “other” is the cause. That is so much easier to believe than the rather complicated truth. I have the sinking feeling that the war is all but lost and the destruction of the U.S. will come within to thunderous cheers and a standing ovation from the people that will be hurt the most.”
Well said, Roy.
August 5th, 2010 by admin
When it was announced that Wikileaks had posted a 1.4 gigabyte "Insurance" file, it made this author wonder:
"What is that big, and that dangerous?"
Since Wikileaks has already proved that Americans simply do not care about anything that goes on in Iraq or Afghanistan, it simply can’t be more documents like the ones they have already released. So…what can it be?
The only thing I can imagine having that kind of staying power is the footage of the Pentagon from the morning of 9-11.
The Pentagon is (and always has been) one of the most highly surveilled buildings in the world. On the morning of 9-11, American Security forces went immediately to every business within sight of the Pentagon and confiscated security camera footage.
We know that the attack on the Pentagon that morning was one of the most copiously filmed events in human history. Yet, to this very day, only three blurry frames of footage (from a parking lot camera, natch) have ever been released to the public.
Somewhere out there is a copious amount of film of something hitting the Pentagon on the morning of 9-11. Lots and lots of footage…maybe 1.4 gigabytes worth?