Monday, March 30, 2009

Where to Now, Amanda? Perugian Trial Continues On. . .

Each week,  Amanda calls home and her voice is heard via speaker phone by family and friends ( only certain of these have permission to speak to her;  the rest must remain silent,  and no press are allowed to be present).   The trial will likely continue on for months.  In the meantime,  one wonders how invested both Amanda in Perugia and her people back in Seattle,  WA have become in the overarching idea of her innocence.

One hardly knows what to make of some witness testimony:  I for one become almost irate at the woman who says she heard a chilling scream,  a woman's scream,  which "made her flesh creep".  Then,  she says,  she heard two sets of footsteps running over gravel.  Ok,  would this be a good time to call the police?  Perhaps attempt to save the woman who screamed and is now bleeding to death?  Nah,  let it go,  let the life drain out of her.  If the scream was so chilling,  why was it ignored?

 Then there are the old faithful friends and family of Ms. Knox.  Perception begins to make reality.  Lines are blurred.  Where does reality leave off,  and wishful thinking take over?  There is always a margin of error:  All life is on probation.  But certain evidence and facts paint  a grim picture for Amanda.  Time will tell,  and the Italian court will speak definitively at some future point.  Facts impose themselves upon illusory phantasms  which come rising up from the psyche in defensive and desperate manouvering. Foul deeds will rise,  tho' all the earth o'erwhelm them to men's eyes. . . Addendum:  Oh,  I do not like this!  Pull one thread,  and the whole fabric,  the entire cloth,  begins to unravel!  Just was trawling some old news posts on this story.  Seems that the club owner,  Patrick,  was not fingered by Amanda,  but by the police themselves.  They lied,  claiming his cell phone traced him to that area.  He would never have been released had this been factual.  So Amanda was NOT vindictive against him!  If this is all fantasy, then perhaps the rest is as well.    And all the psychological analysis of Amanda in vain. . . If she is innocent,  if she is innocent. . . But I do not really think so.  Not at all.  I think it is that I do not like holes in a story.  This is   very worrisome to me now.  It reveals the police to be liars, and perhaps bullies as well. . . 

Obama Takeover of Auto Industry Rankles Some




In what some are calling an unprecedented government takeover,  President Obama's move to control the two big wounded auto giants  -  Chrysler and GM  - certainly is making some on the right cry 'socialism'.  Rejecting CEO plans to turn things around,  Obama has taken the reins.  His ideology is in accord with the times;  or rather,  the times have given him an opening, and he has taken it.  Ride out boy,  and send it home solid.    Fear of socialism is odd,   given that most who fear it could benefit from a democratic,  Americanized,  quasi-socialism.  Hard core socialist ideology had its heyday,  and is not in danger of making a comeback.  To demonize Obama,  is to see him through the lens of paranoia.  What distortions there are about him,  and with what manner of probing do some on the right see all his darkness coming to light:  Is this over reaction?  Counterbalance and compensatory aid?  I myself suffer from a bifurcated view of Obama,  as these pictures illustrate.  He is riding a historical moment which is pulsating with possibilities in all directions.  "The handwhich writes the future as though it were the past":  these words of an I Ching scholar depicts the writing on the wall,  which is visible to those with historical sense.  

The Hill’s Pundits Blog » Is Obama a Warmonger?

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Friday, March 27, 2009

New York City to Welcome Martin Huxter


As his privileged American associate, I am pleased to announce that our London blogger, Martin Huxter, aka Hurlyburly , will be arriving in Times Square on April 12. He will be staying at the Hilton Hotel on 42nd Street. We who know this lovely and illustrious Londoner, film critic, and social satirist, are looking forward to his arrival immensely. Bravo to Martin!

New York Lawmakers Agree to Repeal ’70s-Era Drug Laws - NYTimes.com

New York Lawmakers Agree to Repeal ’70s-Era Drug Laws - NYTimes.com

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Alarmists Are Preaching to the Choir over GIVE Act


There is so much alarm,  on the right,  over President Obama's GIVE Act:  That it will be forcing volunteer work on the young ( but has not school attendance always been compulsary,  and a violation of the right to free association?  )  and that it is a seditious piece of legislation which aims to prohibit protest ( what about the '90s massive expansion of police powers,  forcing people to take breathalizer tests and go into rehab "treatment" centers at the first sign of intoxication,  even if the driving was superb, and one was stopped routinely?). . . 

This is so much preaching to the choir:  The Alarmists leading those with a proclivity  -  nay a deep desire  -   to be Alarmed.  I am behing the Act,  because the times call for it.  We have a sinking economy,  2 foreign wars,  and are clearly going down.  If this will help to unify and rebuild,  and is what the times call for,  why whine about it?  Support Our Volunteer Troops!  

GIVE ACT Has Passed in House, Now Goes to Senate

President Obama's GIVE Act has now passed in the House and moves on to the Senate.  Many on the right are highly suspicious of this expansive bill which advocates and even mandates volunteerism.  I think it is simply the season of history which has come upon us.  It was predicted, and predicatble.  I think everyone ought to research and read the bill,  and decide whether it is innocuous,  pernicious,  or somewhere in between. 

Conservative Fear of Obama GIVE Act: Irrational?

Just reading "Wake Up America"  on Obama's GIVE Act.  Yes,  references to Ayers, and that he yet believes in "bombing the Pentagon".  Must be irrational,  or sublime.  I do not believe Ayers to be the same man he was when he believed himself to be a radical terrorist in the cause of justice.  On the other hand,  "one changes and remains the same man;  nay,  three times over"  is a Nietzschean insight.  Time will tell.  Indoctrination of children has been with us throughout all decades of our history;  it is a matter of the degree of good or ill.  I grow weary of it all:  Somehow things have managed to feel stale early on with this Administration.

And does the GIVE Act really prohibit the right to protest proposed legislation?  That does not sound right,  and I will have to research. . .

Obama town hall transcript :: Local News :: Post-Tribune



Obama town hall transcript :: Local News :: Post-Tribune

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Obsessing About Amanda Knox Case: This Blogger Going Mad by Grains




 Ramblings:

 I am an obsessive person.  When something grabs my interest,  I reflect on it extensively,  often using I Ching or Tarot cards as a contemplative aid.   An I Ching Analysis and Tarot reading on Amanda Knox reveals her as "among the overthrowers"  yet somehow slated to be vindicated.

Is it possible that she was in fact not the ringleader,  nor the knife wielder,  but a bystander in a game which had gotten out of control?  This is the irritating thing about consulting oracles:  One does not know if this is truth being revealed from the collective unconscious,  or simply a chance reading,  or an aspect overlooked.  If one takes,  as I do,  the philosophical stance,  then oracle consulting is just the mirror to one's own subconscious.  The acausality of which Jung speaks would account for the way in which the reading is somehow connected to the question,  but outside of empirical and causal facts.   

One possible scenario is that Rudy Guede was the ringleader,  or became it.  Or Sollecito.  But all of this muddies the waters.  It does not resonate with spirit and intuition. 

The I Ching replied to the question,  What is Amanda's true role in the murder?   with Hexagram 23,  Splitting Apart ,  with "movement"  in lines 3 and 6.  Line 3 reads:  The line shows its subject among the over throwers,  but there is no mistake.  He splits with them.  Line 6 reads,  There is a large fruit yet uneaten.  The superior one finds support again, and  is carried by the people;  but the inferior is overthrown.  Fresh impulses to a deteriorated situation. 

Some truth has not been uncovered.  Might it be that Amanda really left the room,  and covered her ears at the sound of Meredith's scream,  as she had asserted?  Could Rudy be the true rapist and killer,  with Amanda and Raffaele playing only the part of instigators?  And this will all be made clear in time?  The Tarot reading (using Hanidl deck)   for Amanda was:  The Past :  Empress,  Reversed -  Difficulty with one's mother and in expressing one's emotion.  The Present:  Daughter of Swords ,  Reversed -  loss of confidence and strength;  depression and futility.   The Future:  Father of Swords,  Upright -  a strong,  intellectual judge predisposed to fairness.

Or could Raffaele be indicated in the readings?  Sometimes one does a reading with a question in mind,  only to receive an answer to a different question,  lurking in the recesses of the subconscious mind.......

Another possibility:  The "bad"  Amanda may have come out due to drug use.  Now that she is imprisoned and no longer polluting her brain chemistry a "good"  Amanda may emerge.  This is the strong and fair judge,  when viewed this way.    She may be "splitting"  with her old self,  who DID in fact act as knife wielder and ring master.  


I find myself desparate to know who Amanda really is.  Why is this so important to me?  Do I see my own youth in her;  what might have occurred to me also?  Why is it that I do not fear,  in retrospect,  having fallen into Meredith's fate,  but into Amanda's?  Does she symbolize some part of my adolescence which from which I escaped,  only by sheer luck,  unscathed? 


I ask once again,  for the I Ching to clarify regarding Amanda:   Jealousy and anger are disruptive.   Action taken is dangerous.  Testing times.  Not remaining committed leads to shame.  SIGH.  Now I am getting the impression she "backed out"  after having begun the whole thing.  Better let it go,  I have a migraine headache now............Let the courts figure this one out,  I am "Amanda-ed"  out.....

How to end the War on Drugs? Stop fighting.

South Of Heaven: How to end the War on Drugs? Stop fighting.

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The deceit of Obama's drug war - Opinion

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

I Ching Analysis of the Perugian Murder Night

"Life must be life's parent,  ever."

"Blood,  though it sleep a time,  never dies;  The gods on murderers fix revengeful eyes."
 My blog is entitled "Musing"  because that is the kind of journalism I wanted to do here,  as a blogger.  In terms of the Amanda Knox case,  I have blogged on it as an interested thinker,  a philosopher,  and as one who has read a great deal of psychoanalytic critique and analysis.  I am not covering it as an investigative reporter,  nor as a legal or psychological expert.  My interest is personal and speculative:  I seek to comprehend the psychological underpinnings and dynamic of such an act of supreme evil ( allegedly by Amanda Knox,  Raffaele Sollecito,  and Rudy Guede)  on so innocent and undeserving a victim (Meredith Kercher).

My editor at GnosisArts Multimedia Communications ,  Eric Bryant,  often writes  - in OpEd pieces  -  critical analytic commentary about some important political or cultural matter,  based on consulting the I Ching regarding it.  He is a Philosophical Practitioner,  and a member of the American Philosophical Practioners Association.  This movement was spearheaded by philosophy professor and renowned author,  Lou Marinoff,  of City University of New York.  I am not a formal practicioner,  but I am a philosophical scholar,  and have read Marinoff and attended some of his conferences.  I  became intrigued in the late '90s with his advocacy of the I Ching not only as a book of ancient Chines philosophical wisdom,  but  as a serious contemplative tool;  and have studied the Legge,  Wilhelm,  Lynn,  editions,  among others.  During the 2008 Presidentail election season,  I consulted it often regarding Barack Obama,  and was stunned by its accuracy  ( posts regarding these consultations are in this blog's archives).

So after some  hesitancy I decided to consult it regarding the Perugian murder of Meredith Kercher,  allegedly at the hands of Amanda Knox,  Rafaelle Scolocitto, and Rudy Guede.  Below are the hexagrams and lines I received,  with commentary.  Once again,  the received answer was eerily applicable to the situation.

I adhere to Carl Jung's theory that although the "moving"  lines one receives are of paramount importance,  all of the lines apply as part of the overarching theme of the hexagram.  My question was:  What were the true circumstances involving these suspects on the night in question?  The I Ching ( Legge, Wilhelm,  and Lynn  Translations and Commentarys applied )   replied:

Hexagram 62 Preponderance of the Small
The flying bird brings the message that it is good to stay low,  it is dangerous to fly high.     The flying bird is losing its voice.  ( eerily,  the Lynn version has these words of Wang Bi:  "this denotes a funeral.")


Changing lines:  3 and 5

Line 3:  The third line,  undivided,  shows the subject taking no extraordinary precautions against danger,  and some in consequence finding opportunity to assail and injure him.  There will be evil.  


Line 5:  The fifth line,  divided,  suggests the idea of dense clouds,  but no rain yet from the western border.    It shows the prince shooting his arrow,  and taking the bird in his cave.  


[Line 6:  The sixth line,  divided,  shows a bird exceeding its proper course, and flying far aloft.  There will be calamity and evil.  This is disaster and self-injury. ]


Analysis:  The idea of the hexagram is a warning to stay low,  to not fly high.  This to me bears on the fact that Amanda and Raffaele were flying too "high";  not only on drugs,  but on a wave of exhiliration and a feeling of wild rebellion.    Line 3 is eerily relevant to Meredith's lack of awareness as to the danger Amanda posed.  She believed they could argue and have differences in a reasonable way and with no grave consequences.  She was completely oblivious to the dangerous anger building up within her "friend".

Line 5 is difficult to decipher.  I believe it is either pointing to what the prosecution's theory would later be  (i.e.,  grasping the underpinnings of Knox and Raeffaele's dangerous dynamic) .  The western border would point symbolically  to the law,  courts,  the light of facts and the ethics of reason.  The cave appears to be that which is hidden and submerged.  The prosecution has taken the "bird", but in a sub-textual manner.

Line 6 was not a changing line.  However,  as per Jung's theory,  the top line of the hexagram is often a warning of a potential outcome if current trends continue.  I think the "self-injury"  was the calamitous evil brought down on their own heads (AK, RS).  Perhaps it also indicates the innocent Meredith,  still unaware of just how out of control and capable of evil were the characters of her "friends",  that she may have "provoked"  the fatal knife thrust (i.e.,  saying  (quite reasonably,  but she was not dealing with reasonable people)  something such as ,  "I will definitely report you all to the police.".

Should Obama Think Twice about Pot? - The Atlantic Politics Channel

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Obama's online town hall gets kudos: The Swamp

Obama's online town hall gets kudos: The Swamp

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Amanda Knox and Group Dynamics: Addendum

There is a fascinating discussion taking place on the blog, Lies Our Mothers Told Us, written and directed by " Miss Represented" , concerning the group dynamics of what occurred on the night that Meredith Kercher was murdered in Perugia, Italy.

At first glance, the sweet -faced college coeds, the all- American Amanda Knox and upper middle class Italian Raffeale Scolocitto, seemed the least likely of all suspects. But as details of their dynamic unfolded, together with the addition of Rudy Guede, all began to emerge and form a picture, like a slowly spreading ink stain on a white tablecloth.

It is true, that the level of violence, deindividuation and dissociation from responsibility all increase in a group context, as Miss R correctly and astutely points out in her postings.


Amanda had been accussed of lesbian tendencies as a high school girl: Might there have been some truth in these accusations? Surely not consciously, but perhaps latently; there may have been gender confusion, and in fact the facts of her youth do point to this. She was overly father-identified as well. Was she now identifying to a degree with Raefelle and Rudy, in wanting a sexual assault on Meredith to take place?  Indeed,  even in her "girlie"  posed pictures,  there is a kind of boyish bravado to her. 

As an analyst once said of the infamous murderers of the Clutter family, Dick Hickcock and Perry Smith, "Neither would have committed the murders on his own. But together, the two men created a third "person"; "he" is the one who did it. So too of the three that night in the Perugian cottage : They created a fourth, who was everyone and no one. And was able to carry out the horrific events which would otherwise have remained locked within the dark recesses of the psyche.

Something in the Way She Smiles: Amanda Knox's Emerging Profile

When the story first broke,  I viewed her as a fresh-faced college girl,  wrongly accused of the murder of her British roommate,  Meredith Kercher,  in their  shared cottage in Perugia,  Italy;   callously  jailed by Italy's corrupt judicial system.  After much analysis of material from numerous articles,  blogs,  and news pieces,  I have come to view her as a sociopath,  and one who I have considerable sympathy for,  albeit a sympathy mixed with a good deal of horror.  My 2 prior posts on this blog space (posted March 21 and 23)  were pieces written during my own movement from viewing her as the wrongly accused innocent coed to the tormented girl felled by inner demons.  It is the latter piece which I still adhere to.

Additionally,  I now believe  that her inner problems   -  coped with by her in solitary mode over the course of many years  -  metamorphised into a sociopathic personality which has become her "mask".  Very little honesty is likely to ever be forthcoming from her.   In a sense,  she probably has convinced herself that she is innocent.  A journalist mentioned that there is something "odd"  about Amanda's smile in the courtroom:  Not only is it inappropriate in such a situation,  but it seems incongruent and at odds with her eyes.  I would wager that this is a symptom of her disocciation:  From herself,  and from aspects of reality which  she never had a chance to cope with and to incorporate.

Her family does much to further the disingenuousness of her presentation:  Filling her with terror that if the "real Amanda"  were known to them,  they would have her locked up and the key thrown away.  It will be interesting to see if the actual truth of the events of the muder will come to light in this trial;  not from her,  but from her lover,  Raffaele Scolecito.  It would appear that he presents as far more reality based:  Serious and scared looking,  as though the full implications and consequences of the night are fully comprehened by him.  Amanda looks to be like a little girl watching a story unfold.

My feeling is that if he confesses all,  she will finally be viewed as what she really is:  a tragic case and a dangerous girl who needed and still needs help.   Certainly her drug use  -  excessive,  and not just for "partying"  -  were to alleviate the symptoms of depersonalisation and dissociative anxiety.  It is tragic and saddening to think of her struggles,  but she masked them in a manner which made detection difficult.  In the end,  she is a sympathetic character,  if only because of the tragedy of her self-alienation.

Changing of the Guard: Obama Brings Era of Global War on Terror to its Close

Bringing the era of the global war on terror to a close,  Obama replaces it with "Overseas Contigency Operation"  :  It is clear that the W Bushy-Cheney years are over,  and a new era of diplomacy begins.  To the right,  this will look frightening and irresponsible;  to the left,   a welcome changing of the guard.  And for those of us in the middle,  it will represent Change:    for good or ill,  a movement forward,  and  into the fourth turning. 

Obama's Second Primetime Press Conference: Full Transcript

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Felled by Inner Demons , Amanda Knox 's Story is Tragic
















 Disclaimer:  I have removed this posting,  which was a psychoanalysis I conducted of Ms. Knox in March,  2009,  because in the interrum,  I have become acquainted with the Hendry analysis of the crime scene,  and no longer believe there is evidence of a staging or clean-up of the crime scene to indict or convict Ms. Knox.  Ergo,  a psychoanalysis which presupposes Knox's guilt,  and takes as its starting point her repressed sexual rage,  is no longer relevant.  SM Kovalinsky 


As details emerge about the childhood and teen years of accused killer Amanda Knox,  I am beginning to feel very sorry for her.  Two excellent posts I found -  one on a blog called,  Lies Our Mothers Told Us,  and one an Enneagram analysis of Knox's personality type  -  were so in-depth in their analysis of the facts that I now feel I know Knox,  and strongly identify with her  ( although not with her alleged violent crime).  

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mirror On America: Israeli President Tries to Undermine Obama - Chooses to Work Against U.S. Interests

Mirror On America: Israeli President Tries to Undermine Obama - Chooses to Work Against U.S. Interests

Prophetic Dreams of President Obama ?

Prophetic Dreams About Barack Obama 's Presidency?   In trawling the internet,  I came across a blog in which a man related a dream about Barack Obama's presidency ( impending)   which he dreamed in October 2008.  What gave me stern pause was that it was similar to the dream I had on the night of November 2,  2008,  just prior to the election.  My dream also seemed prophetically connected to the election. The blogger's dream can be found HERE  .  In any case,  his dream consisted of two teams, playing against each other;  one is vastly superior,  but the latter wins due to an error or oversight on the part of the former.   The blogger  (James Hartline)  viewed this dream as depicting the error on the part of the Democratic Party to check Obama's birth certificate.  ( I am of the belief,  however,  that the will of the people will prevail,  and that it would be easier to amend the constitution than to oust Obama.)  What startled me was the similarity to my own dream:   Not in detail,  but in tone.  My own dream:  I am with my husband and son on Cape Cod.  A storm is building,  and all the TV stations are reporting on it,  calling it  "The Storm of the Century".   I am seeing an aerial view of Cape Cod,  and the winds are howling,  people are running to and fro ,  and a dense,  swirling fog is creeping up the Cape,  to the North.  The sound of winds and people's shouts is a din.  Suddenly,  I look toward the end of the Cape,  and see two huge dark clouds part,  and a huge ray of sun beams down.  The winds stop, and all is silent.  It is as though a great joy has come upon the land.  However,  I become alarmed as I see in the distance,  out at sea,  a tornado,  funnel cloud,  huge and black,  heading toward the land.  I realize  that the joyful celebration is only the calm before the coming storm.  I awaken and think,  "Barack Obama".  

The coming evangelical collapse

The coming evangelical collapse

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Obama plans huge pledge drive for his policies

Obama plans huge pledge drive for his policies

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Obama and his new Pledge Project Canvass

Tapping into grassroots,  as in his campaig;  Organizing for America . . . Using his unique campaign method of tapping directly into American grassroots,  Obama has his new Pledge Project Canvass and it will be interesting to see what it entails,  and what will come of it.  "Take to the streets"  is the motto and the method.  As for those who scream that such "socialism"  will take away individuality,  just look at a corporate man,  just look at an insurance salesman;  look at the multitudes on probation and in rehabilitation as the definitions of crime and psychological conditons expand to feed the vast industry,  hungry for salaries:  such individuality!

  It is insane to think that mass mentality has not been the shadow always of free enterprise.  The expanison these last 3 decades,  of social services, and the courts;  of police powers and homeland securtiy,  has been invasive as nothing this nation has seen before,  or will see again.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Amanda Knox Case Perplexing and Disturbing

The case of University of Washington student Amanda Knox,  who is standing on trial in Italy for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher ,   is full of mysteries,  contradictions,  and general chaos.  Knox,  20,   went abroad to study Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy and wound up at the center of a bizarre tale of rape, drugs,  and murder.

Just how much was conjectured by Italian police and prosecutors is unclear.  But the facts do not seem to add up;  not the least because an Italian man -  known to be a drifter and drug dealer  -  has already been convicted of break-in, robbery,  rape and murder of the British student.  Also standing trial for the crime is Knox's boyfriend,  Raffaele Sollecito,  who looks something like Harry Potter.  It seems unlikely that such a pair would commit sexual assault and murder,  in the midst of their student activities,  especially since a conviction for the crime has already occurred.  I have researched extensively,  and cannot seem to grasp exactly why police believe the two aided and abetted the convicted murderer.

 There are discrepancies in their accounts of the night,  but hard evidence seems lacking.  Perugian police described Amanda's odd behavior the night she was questioned,  but it seems a weak platform on which to stand sex assault and murder charges.   The trial began January 2009. Knox has repeatedly claimed that she made her statement to Perugian police under duress,  after being kept up all night and receiving slaps to the back of her head.

  It is a shame that Italian police do not videotape their interrogations.    I have read an interesting analysis on a foreign blog,  in which the author feels that Americans do not seem to grasp the risks entailed in students going abroad.  If they are living "wildly"  -  drinking,  using drugs,  coming in at all hours of the night,  and experimenting with sex  -  they will be highly suspect if disaster suddenly occurs in their proximity.  Students should be warned,  cautioned the blogger,  to adhere to community standards where they are residing.  Otherwise,  one's credibility may be reduced,  which certainly seems to be the case with Amanda Knox. addendum:  Just read a press release for March 21.  It seems they have proven  -  through an eye witness and a receipt  -  that Amanda was buying cleaning supplies hours after the murders;  and that police say there had been an attempt to wipe up blood.  Perhaps there was more darkness in these two sweet looking youths than was immediately apparent.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Obama Made No Gaffe on Leno : Attacks on him are transparent

 Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and others are simply looking for an excuse to attack President Obama.  To say that he was intentionally "degrading"  the special needs community when he compared his bowling to the Special Olympics on Jay Leno's Tonight show last night :  This itself is degrading to that community,  who have the brains to know Obama had no malice toward them ,  and are human enough to laugh at themselves.   Rush Limbaugh has made fun of the homeless, of gays:  Why is that alright?  This is transparent resentiment :  the rancor of the losers. 

Obama Speaks to Americans, Appears on Leno, Offers Diplomatic approach to Iran

Speaking out to Americans,  appearing on the Jay Leno show,  and offering a peaceful,  diplomatic approach of "mutual respect"  to Iran:  This is what President Obama has been busy with the past 48 hours.    This "new beginning"  which he proposed in a rare video address to Iran,  most definitely reveals Change come to Washington,  which has been hostile to Iran for decades.  I have always believed that in bowing low to the enemy,  you bring out the very best in him  -  this was the rationale for Jesus of Nazareth and Martin Luther King  -  so I believe Obama is on the right track with this.

As far as Barack Obama's "gaffe"  on Jay Leno -  comparing his bowling to the Special Olympics  -  I think it is folly to point it out.  My son has played in the Special Olympics,  and believe it or not,  the disabled are in fact capable of laughing at themselves.  He thought the President was funny,  and in good form.   For some reason I was also reminded of the story in the Old Testement,  where King David is leading Israel to war,  and the enemy cries,  "the lame and the blind will hold you off.".  "  And David's heart turned cold within him, for he hated the lame and the blind.".

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wonderful Suggestion for Stimulus Money from World Hiker


World Hiker

Is There A New Progressive America? - Ross Douthat

Is There A New Progressive America? - Ross Douthat

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To Keep an Eye on: Google soon to be banned in Australia under draconian censorship laws

Google soon to be banned in Australia under draconian censorship laws

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Evolving Thoughts: Internet censorship in Australia ramps up

Evolving Thoughts: Internet censorship in Australia ramps up

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The Virtues of Populism: EJ Dionne -washingtonpost.com

E.J. Dionne Jr. - A Wave of Populism, a Test for Obama - washingtonpost.com

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A Life Cut Short: Natasha Richardson Dead at 45


Such is the way of death: No one knows the time or the hour. British author Anthony Peake - with his theory of binary mind, and his eidolon-daemon dyad - would say that the daemon does indeed know the time and hour. The deeper, eternal aspect of us embraces the fate. And the those left behind to grieve must try to as well.

1963-2009

A.I.G. Seeking Return of Half of Its Bonuses - NYTimes.com

A.I.G. Seeking Return of Half of Its Bonuses - NYTimes.com

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

March 19 to be National Day of Protests: Take Back the Economy

Now this really is beginning to feel a lot like the FDR era!  Outraged citizens,  angry at Wall Street,   AIG and all and sundry who are getting big,  fat bonuse from the bailout money while they go bankrupt and get foreclosed on,  will be taking to the streets in a nationwide protest.  The Service Employees International Union and MoveOn.org,  along with Huffington Post,  are raring to go........Now this should be interesting;  with protests being held in front of banks and other headquarters,  we are going back to the 1930s..........

Obama Rebuffs Israeli Hawk

Obama Rebuffs Israeli Hawk

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Senator Suggests AIG execs Commit ‘Hari Kari’ to Restore Their Honor : ChattahBox

Senator Suggests AIG execs Commit ‘Hari Kari’ to Restore Their Honor : ChattahBox

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Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to our half-Irish Barry O'Bama!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Slouching Toward Socialism Accusations will have little Adverse Affect on Obama

As many on the right   -  as well as those who are of the libertarian persuasion -  escalate accusations that Obama is dragging the nation into socialism,  a wider perspective reveals this to be of no concern to the president.  After all,  throughout the campaign season,  these accusations were flung far and wide,  to no avail.  I believe that hostility has built up so long for struggling Americans,  that there is little concern about socialism,  so long as there is redress.  Had the situation been dealt with far earlier,  in a more balanced manner,  we would not have arrived  at the present impasse.  Nothing like howling to lock the barn,  after the horse has been stolen.  Preventative measures are always put off until they no longer serve any function.  As Winston Churchill said,  this is the human story:  Allowing things to escalate to the point  that moderation  can no longer be the venue. 

Millions of people are far less concerned with the visions of the founding fathers or what the role of government ought to be,  and far more occupied with addressing their rage at the dire straits they never dreamed they'd be in.  Obama has a wide berth here,  a very wide berth.   An excellent piece to read,  here is the link:  http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/the-bigs-vs-the-working-class/

Wonk Room » Why AIG Bonuses Make The Case For Nationalization

Wonk Room » Why AIG Bonuses Make The Case For Nationalization

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Obama: AIG can't justify 'outrage' of exec bonuses

Obama: AIG can't justify 'outrage' of exec bonuses

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Newsweek's Jonathon Alter Speaks of the Turbocharging of FDR's CCC under President Obama

Alter: A New Era of National Service Begins | Newsweek Voices - Jonathan Alter | Newsweek.com

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From Salon.com: Tales of the Recession-Pinched

Pinched: Moving in with the in-laws | Salon Life

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Is Obamanomics conservative or revolutionary? | Salon

Is Obamanomics conservative or revolutionary? | Salon

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Mob Rule & Movie Violence

Excerpt from The Blood Poets, Chapter 6, "Crime & Censorship," by Jason Horsley

Let’s open those neural floodgates!
 —Nicki Brand, Videodrome


 Joan Smith writes, in “Speaking Up for Corpses,” “There are men for whom female terror, experienced at a safe distance, carries an erotic charge.”33 As one of these men myself, I would—for obvious reasons—feel more comfortable amending the above statement, and saying that there are men who are aware of the erotic charge that results from vicariously experiencing (or causing) female terror. And then, there are those men who, through denial, ignorance, fear or saintly purity (this last seems the least likely) are blissfully unaware of this sadistic streak in themselves. Then, among those of us (men) who are aware of this streak, and don’t mind admitting it, there are varying degrees to which we accept it, fight it, strive to understand or overcome it, indulge it or, God forbid, act upon it. Personally, while I’m in my confessional mode, I can say that I have never in my life come that close to striking a woman, much less terrorizing or brutalizing one, and I can honestly add that (be it virtue or sentimentality) I am incapable of killing an insect—one that’s minding its own business at least—without feeling pangs of regret. So—am I a violent person? Am I an evil, sick, depraved, and aberrant man? The moral majority and legions of decency would say, Yes, and resoundingly. But am I to be judged for my thoughts or by my actions? And if judged I am to be—who exactly is to judge me? Who among us is fit to cast the first stone?  

 I have come to accept, over the years, that imagination is not action, and that the rules and laws are different for thought than for deed, and that those who would most quickly judge another (either for his fanstasies or his acts) are generally those most reluctant to judge themselves, or even to look too closely at their own feelings—for fear of what they might find there. The easiest way to deal with the unpleasant truths about our society is to condemn them as “evil.” The easiest way to live with unpleasant truths about oneself is simply to ignore them, to whitewash them over with positive affirmations about decency and goodliness. Both these “methods” are based on cowardice—they depend on avoidance of the issue through self-deception, and in fact, they serve to reinforce the problem. The more “evil” the other guy is, the safer we can feel about our own souls (we’re pure enough to judge other people, obviously); the more decent and wholesome we pretend to be, on the other hand, the more we can puff ourselves up and point our fingers at the corruption around us. Society—decent, god-fearing society, that is—is made up of such fakers: it’s very maintenance depends upon fraudulence and facades. And so there’s nothing more terrifying, more dangerous, more “immoral,” to these pseudo-saints, these self-appointed guardians of the good and the right, than the possibility of evil being something common to us all. The slightest doubt in the immaculacy of their moral front and the whole thing collapses. And so the notions of compassion, of understanding, of tolerance, charity towards “sinners,” and the moral freedom which such charity implies, become unthinkable. And yet these qualities or virtues or concepts are the blood and soul—and the vocation—of every artist worthy of his station. To enhance our awareness as to the nature of life means being human, which is being fallible, which is succumbing to temptation once in a while, which is sin—the whole, murky question of evil. 

 A film that causes us, or at least helps us, to identify with a killer—whether to increase our compassion for evil or merely to diminish our pity for the victims—is not an immoral work, but a deeply moral one. For it forces us to assume responsibility for this evil (instead of simply feeling pity for the victim), which is the first, essential step towards understanding it, and perhaps, in time, correcting it. At the very least, it may force us to question our eagerness to judge and condemn what we cannot understand; and maybe, just maybe, it will cause us to pause in our moral outrage for a moment, and lay down our stones.

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Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion. 
—David Cronenberg, Cronenberg on Cronenberg

 In the above interview from Chris Rodley’s book, Cronenberg continues:

Suppressing everything one might think of as potentially dangerous, explosive or provocative would not prevent a true psychotic from finding something that will trigger his own particular psychosis. For those of us who are normal, and who understand the difference between reality and fantasy, play, illusion—as most children do—there is enough distance and balance. It’s innate. . . . It’s an endless struggle between those who are basically fearful and mistrustful of human nature—and they have ample proof that their version of humanity is right—and those who feel that a truly free society is possible, somewhere. It’s conceivable that in the near future there won’t be anything approaching a free society anywhere. That’s more than possible. Which is why I resist, in any small way I can, any attempts . . . to increase censorship.

 Marx wrote somewhere that the fight against capitalism begins with “the weapons of criticism and the criticism of weapons.” If so, then the triumph of totalitarianism begins with the censorship of crime and the crime of censorship. One wonders about the mass hysteria of the so-called “moral majority” over the “dangers” of violent movies and their effects on children; how they cry out to protect the little ones from “exposure” to such evil, corrupting material, such vile and pernicious images. Where is all this hysteria leading? Is it really motivated by a simple—if misguided—urge to protect the innocent; or is it that old wolf in sheep’s clothing again, crying “wolf,” in order to distract the sheep’s attention from its own lascivious designs? To blame the world’s ills and the corruption of our children on a handful of “nasty” movies seems to me to go beyond mere idiocy, and to approach dangerously close to totalitarian thinking.

 Obviously you can’t stop crime by censorship, all you can do is limit the public’s exposure to it, and by extension, its awareness of it. In which case—seeing as how awareness is the only defense we have against crime, and seeing as how aberrational activity (or “evil”) is notoriously wont to thrive and bloom—like fungus—in the darkness of ignorance and denial, then this “protection” policy is worse than useless—it’s downright deadly. Censorship is crime, then, of the most pernicious and indefensible kind—crime against freedom, against truth, and our right to possess it, no matter how “harmful” it may be (and, as every poet knows, truth that’s worth its “salt” is the most dangerous thing there is).

 It is impossible to protect children from certain cultural artifacts without, on the one hand, restricting and censoring the culture itself, and, on the other hand, restricting the behaviour—the freedom—not only of children but of adults as well. To go to such plainly fascistic extremes on the off-chance that a movie once in a while causes a crime would strike me as criminally insane, if it wasn’t part of an apparently all-too-sanely-motivated “madness” (though nonetheless criminal for that). How is it that these irate and indignant persons can get so worked up about a few bloody videos—or even a few savage crimes—and be apparently indifferent to the war, starvation and encroaching social tyranny which are an instrinsic part of this very order which they are striving to protect? Never mind that their measures look set to make such ideas as free speech and right-of-choice just faded memories of the past; how is it that these spokespeople can pretend to know, beyond any doubt, what no psychologist or social scientist in the field has been able to establish: namely, the exact manner and degree to which violence in the arts encourages, or even causes, real violence? And why is the question never raised as to the possibility of actual violence—as mediated through the news and other documentary programs—also having such effects? Or children’s cartoons; or Budweiser commercials? How come no one suggests banning TV itself, and going straight to the root of the problem?

 The “video nasty” is the bugaboo beloved of the kind of partiarchal, literal-minded petty tyrants that thrive on expressions of moral outrage and the feelings of self-importance which they derive from them. It’s another scapegoat, and the skapegoat is like the patsy—it really doesn’t matter what it is, or does, or says, so long as it is there, available, for the sacrifice. It seems to me that those who “do battle with the devil” are really doing the devil’s work—pouring gasoline on the blaze, as it were. The indignation, the audacity, and the degree of arrogance which this interfering mob displays strikes me as a kind of violence itself, equally as reprehensible and as corrupting as the kind they claim to be opposing, as well as being every bit as “nasty.” In its own way it’s even nastier, because it hides its meanness and small-mindedness behind false smiles and troubled frowns, and words like “decency” and “innocence” and “morality.”  

 When a film like Child’s Play III or Natural Born Killers is somehow found—however tenuously and spuriously—to have some fleeting connection to a real-life crime, the media, like one single rabid beast, pounces upon the chosen scapegoat and proceeds to tear it to shreds, with all the slavering, sadistic relish of Hannibal Lecter. But when a film like The Lion King is established, more or less conclusively, to have incited, or at least inspired, a child to commit suicide, this same beast barely stirs from its slumber. The boy in question (the case is described in Karl French’s Screen Violence) was Imtiaz Ahmed, and wrote in his farewell note: “I am going to die because I want to be a Lion King. Mom and Dad please put The Lion King film in my grave with me.” He was found hanging from a tree near his home in Stoke on Trent, England; the parents honored his last wish. It doesn’t matter whether or not The Lion King really did drive a boy to kill himself (I’m every bit as inclined to doubt this as all the other claims)—the point is that the evidence here was far stronger than the evidence for any video nasty-related crime, but seeing as the proverbial scapegoat was not involved, and it would be pretty hard for the moral majority to get all puffed up and indignant over a Disney film without looking exactly like the facile dunderheads that they are, the mob kept quiet, and waited patiently for the next scapegoat to come along. 

The hysteria over video nasties and movie violence in general is the worst kind of false alarm—it’s not only crying wolf (because when an actual case does come along, who will believe it?), but a deliberate attempt to blind the public to the true dangers facing them, dangers represented not by the forces of anarchy or artistic irresponsibilty, but by the forces of censorship and control. The “mob” wants to rule not only our actions and our decisions, but our thoughts and feelings and our desires also. They want to protect our own children from us, and in turn protect us from ourselves, from our own negligence or faulty judgment or bad taste, or whatever is they consider us guilty of.

 The obvious question here is—who asked them to? The worst kind of tyrant is the tyrant that elects itself to rule. And the majority that declares itself to be moral simply because it is legion, the people’s own consensus of tyranny, amounts to nothing less than the rule of the mob.

British Blogger : London's Martin Huxter

In praise of British Male Beauty:  Although he will most certainly object vehemently,  I am posting a few pics of my London correspondent,  Martin Huxter up here,  to share with all in the blogosphere  his charm.   He is a camera animal,  charisma-charged,  and all  manner of Brit bravado are his.  At 27,  this is his time to be proud, and I will do the task of display for him.  He is a British peacock,  who is soon to arrive in New York City ( he will be here in April and again in August,  for a conference).   

President Obama's GIVE Act: Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act: H.R. 1388

 " To Reauthorize and Reform the National Service Laws"  :  More on this bill,  which goes before the House on Tuesday,  and has received robust support from Youth Service America and many other organizations: 

MyGoodDeed :: Groundbreaking National Service Legislation Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives Advocates Establishing September 11 as an Annually Observed National Day of Service

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Obama to unveil proposals to help small businesses

Obama to unveil proposals to help small businesses

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Alice Miller: The Political Consequences of Child Abuse

Just read a series of fascinating essays by Alice Miller,  found online.  Among them,  some on the childhood and generational complexes which helped form Hitler,  as well as the passed down trauma and abuse on a national level  -  masked as conventional values  -  which formed the collective psyche of his myriad of followers.     And a little child shall lead them cuts both ways:  In can be the child like Messiah,  or the twisted child psyche in the adult body of a national leader.  And Obama:  If Wordsworth was correct in saying that the child is father of the man,  who is the child Obama?

H.R. 1388: Obama's "Give Act" Introduced to the House

This is a most interesting bill.  Many implications,  many things to ponder.  I like it,  for the most part.  I understand why it would concern certain Libertarians or those on the right.  But for my part,  there has been so much pursausive,  invasive,  individual rights and liberties violations  -  myriads of them  -  for so long,  from so many local,  state and federal agencies,  in so many ways,  too many to mention,  since the 1970s ( to my memory)  that I think it will be more of the same,  only in a far better direction,  with far better reasons and superior consequences:  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.+1388:

Friday, March 13, 2009

Prepare for the Noble Blast of Obama's Youth Corps : Uniformity Rising

Our Fourth Turning President :  The resurfacing of Obama's idea of a civilian national security force  -  duly noted by blogger at "Doug Ross @ Journal"  blog  -  is something I have been watching keenly for. That it is making its subtle reappearance in Obama's discourse now,  reveals the seriousness with which he takes the whole issue.  It had not been forgotten or shelved,  but only temporarily abated.    His Youth Corps  as well is something I have been contemplating in many ways,  and interpreting as a fourth turning phenomenum ,  as defined by historians Howe and Strauss.

That there would be a "pre-war"  feeling and tone to this ascension is to be expected.  FDR and his Civilian Conservation Corps fused with 21 st century globalism:  A formidable mix,  one capable of much good and only to a lesser degree,  ill.  .  Barack Obama is in accord with the time  and riding the change he spoke of.  One is very wrong to presuppose that Obama is a 90s-style Democrat,  or a throwback to a '70s one. In many important senses,  he is the antithesis of a Clinton;  even more so,  a Carter.

  He is the Democrat of the historical apex,  and his  style will be a decided,  even a  radical,  break with all that has come before.  This seeming antagonist of conservatism,  this agent of liberal change;  he with the sparkle in his eye and the lilt in his voice,  and the determination in his stride,   has many features  which are far from liberal.  At least not in the 1990s glitzy and laissez faire meaning of the term.   Conservative scholars like Gertrude Himmelfarb and Patrick  Buchannan could scarcely have hoped for more;  least of all from a Democrat.  What was mere talk from W Bush is becoming earnest in Barack Obama:  A framework   and an underpinning are already in place,    like the foundation of a house, built   under the guise of Homeland Security.  Note,  too,  that the expanded Presidential powers enacted under W Bush did him very little good,  but may have set the stage for the breadth and scope of an Obama undertaking.  

  It would be one more mistake to expect  this  uniformity to flare up all at once;  surely it will build under some smokescreen.  But come it will.  Later to gather force and speed,  it now rolls and builds like the onset of a silent ,  creeping fog. The aforementioned blogger took due note of the fact that overseas deployment,  first used in the Clinton directive regarding the civilian security ,  issued in the early '90s,  had vanished from the 2009 directive.   Didn't Howe and Strauss prophesy  of civic resurgence?  Didn't they predict a cultural cleansing? And looking to our inner cities and our suburban schools and the splintered chaos of a million cable channels ,  one wonders if this is perhaps not long overdue. . .

The fact of the matter is,  a culture as individualized and fractured,  and riddled with competing and conflicted identity and grievance groups  and trivia and economic disparity as ours,  stands in need of a good dose of uniformity and unity in service.  Anyone who recalls our great American philosopher of pragmatism,  William James,  and his piece,  The Moral Equivalent of War,  should see how clear,  how palpable,  is our need of such.  



Cry 'havoc'  and let slip the dogs of war. . .
when the blast. . . blows in our ears ,  then imitate the action of the tiger,  
stiffen the sinews,  disguise fair nature with hard favored rage. . We few,
chosen few,  the Band of Brothers  . . . from now until the end of the world,
we and it shall be remembered. . . 

Forced to Leave, Freeman Speaks Ominously of Israel Lobby

 Forced into withdrawing his candidature for NIC chairman,  Freeman spoke ominous words about the brutal smear tactics of the Israel Lobby.  Will President Obama be unable to enact badly needed Change in the Middle East?  James G. Abourezk wrote  during the primary campaign season of the dangers of  then Senator Obama "groveling"  before the Israel Lobby, saying that continued "unquestioning support of Israel's criminal objectives is a real threat to world peace.".  

Charles Freeman's Victory - by Justin Raimondo

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Scott Heiferman and Jeremy Heimans: We Are the Stimulus

Scott Heiferman and Jeremy Heimans: We Are the Stimulus

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Thoughts on Government DayCare and a Return to a Consensus

I happened to be trawling through articles on Obama from back in the campaign days,  and came upon a speech of his about government daycare.  In it,  then Illinois Senator Obama was speaking about something called "Zero to Five",  about  a Children First Agenda which would help families with children under five.  This is very worrisome.  Unless he was speaking of a partial plan which would help the neediest,  it sounds too much like the 1990s agenda of feminism and family breakdown and government sponsered childhood.  America should be a nation of free and independent families.  A return to a consensus should encourage traditional marriage,  mothers as the primary care givers for the children,  and decent jobs for the husbands.

Using the Howe and Struass model of the historical saeculum,  this was always my intuition regarding Barack Obama:  That he was not a third turning candidate (as was Hillary Clinton),  but a fourth turning one,  and thus would be an old-fashioned Democrat,  opposed to the neo-feminist agenda which wreaked havoc from the 1970s up to now.  Nothwithstanding the negative comments about his Youth Corps,  this idea always struck me as a conservative one.  It is wholly different from the day care feminist mentality.  It would strengthen families, and not the reverse.  My intuition is also that Obama ,  being a Democrat,  is having to play into some of the leftover feminist ideology and agenda.  My hope is that he is biding his time,  waiting for the moment when he will break from them,  and distinguish himself as no friend of their agenda. 

Obama as Receiver of Projections of Hope and Fear

Obama looked good as Washington on this New Yorker cover. 

He has been compared to Geroge Washinton,  Abraham Lincoln,  JFK,  James Madison,  and many others.  Obama is the receiver of projections.  Jung called this talent for serving as the canvas for others to paint on,  numinosity.    This makes him very special,  and beloved of millions in America and around the globe.  From Shepard Fairey's famous Hope and Progress poster art,  to a myriad of street artists and journalists,  Obama has received the projections of hope and excitement from the collective well of the consciousness of the new millennium.  One could say without exaggeration that President Barack Obama is the archetype of these changing times,  with all the good and ill which that implies;  the Hegelian hero,  seizing the kairos,  that moment where all seems possible again,  where "everthing is new and yielding";  where things reach the apex and reversal,  and a new era is born within the baptism of fire. 

Of course he has also served as the slate on which paranoia and suspicion are holding a rendezvous with bigotry and hatred.  There is always the underside,  and the human shadow will also have its dark contents come to expression.  Fears of facism,  socialism,  covert ties to Islam and terrorists and a mysterious birth and fatherhood:  These have also been projected onto him.  But thus far,  he has received all in that elegant and understated way which distinguishes him in all things.

Will Obama Make Us More Secular? - Kathryn Jean Lopez - The Corner on National Review Online

Will Obama Make Us More Secular? - Kathryn Jean Lopez - The Corner on National Review Online

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

From the Wilderness, A Voice of Reason: Mass hysteria is not a constitutional crisis | Obama Conspiracy Theories

 This man has spoken it:  "Mass hysteria is not a constitutional crisis.  It is a mental health crisis."  The COLB (certificate of live birth)  hysteria always struck me as having a two-fold strangeness to it:  1.  It seemed symbolic of some other issue ( as though Obama's biracial heritage were making him seem alien,  threatening).  2.  There was an odd verification,  coming from Obama himself:  A defiant,  perplexing refusal to clear that matter up ( as though somehow he could not).  And yet,  seeing as last Thursday a federal court judge lost his patinece with the matter,  calling it "foolishness",  and the writings of the gentleman in the link below,  I think this is trickling out its last drops: 

Mass hysteria is not a constitutional crisis | Obama Conspiracy Theories

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the new citizenship project » The Drug War vs. American Civilization

the new citizenship project » The Drug War vs. American Civilization

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Progressive Eruptions: FEDERAL JUDGE CALLS OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE CONTROVERSY A WASTE OF TIME

  I thought this had died,  but is apparently still dying.  Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. 

Progressive Eruptions: FEDERAL JUDGE CALLS OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE CONTROVERSY A WASTE OF TIME

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AP Blasts Obama 'Hope' Artist in Copyright Flap | Threat Level from Wired.com

 Associated Press hits back at Shepard Fairey  I am in agreement with the artist  -  and he does have the artist's vision  -  that he took a flat,  one dimensional press photo of Obama,  and transformed it into a stunning,  sublime,  transcendent visionary's image: 


AP Blasts Obama 'Hope' Artist in Copyright Flap | Threat Level from Wired.com

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Employee Free Choice: A Positive Change for U.S. Labor Law

AFL-CIO NOW BLOG | Employee Free Choice: A Positive Change for U.S. Labor Law

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The Revolution Has Already Occurred

 Social theorist Christopher Lasch once said that there was a  flaw common to many people,  when speaking  of scary futuristic realities:  They project onto a distant future,  said Lasch,  cultural elements which have already taken firm root in the daily environment which surround us.  If as The Nation says,  the revolution has already occurred,  then those who speak of Obama's sinister agenda are falling into this failing described by Lasch: 

The Revolution Has Already Occurred

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Who's Afraid of Socialism? - The Plank

 Amidst a flood tide of rising economic insecurity for millions of Americans,  the accusation of "socialism"  may not carry the weight it once did: 

Who's Afraid of Socialism? - The Plank

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Who Let the Marxists In? You and I . . .

In Defence of Marxism - Can Obama Save Capitalism?

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Reagan's Socialist Legacy

Reagan's Socialist Legacy

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David Fiderer: How Dumb Does Alan Greenspan Think We Are? Very

David Fiderer: How Dumb Does Alan Greenspan Think We Are? Very

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Human Psychology May Play a Bigger Part Than Economics in Obama's Ascension

I have been reading  "Roger's Rules"  essays from July to the present on Pajama's Media,  about Obama and his radical redistribution ideology.  The most recent post is entitled,  Acts of Retribution:  There Will be Blood:  Obama's New Best Seller.    We are to believe that this radical has "come in peacefully,  and taken the kingdom by flattery"  as is depicted in the prophesy of Daniel 4.  But there is something deeper at work here;   something that, had it been  attended to in a timely fashion,  would have curtailed this present moment.   It is human psychology.  D'Souza had spoken in the early '00s of a settling in of a mood of "despair"  among all those who in bewilderment were forced to admit they would "never make it".    This is the crux of it.  A democracy cannot have vast numbers of its citizens in such a mood.  Obama's "radicalism"  and desire to avenge himself on the wealthy was not lost on these people,  not by any means.  Despite what the author of the Pajama's Media pieces would have us believe,  the ascension of Barack Obama was no accident of chance.  He did not victor and prosper because people failed to grasp the radical nature of what he was proposing.  They listened,  and listening,  heard.   A collective mood of despair  is what opened the door to the revenge play that is unfolding.

 You invited this wrath,  you opened the door to the coming anarchy;  you beckoned to this fate, by fiddling like Nero while Rome burned,  and you have no one to blame but yourselves.  Howe and Strauss  -  so astute,  select,  subtle and profound  -   way back in '97,  in The Fourth Turning:  An American Prophesy  had clearly envisioned such a moment.  A return to the middle,  with a vengance:  a radical reform,  a turning on all that was previously tolerated,  a frightening uniformity  ( the rise of the Obama Youth Corps).  Where were all when they were speaking,  warning of such a moment?  As in the days of Noah,  they ate and drank and married,  until the flood tides rose, and swept all away;  so it will be with this generation. . .

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Life is a Business that Cannot Cover its Costs

 Schopenhauer said that life is a business that cannot cover its costs,  and from the look of all the earmarks slipped into the stimulus package,  he may be correct.   Get a load of the hefty bundle of earmarks from GOP hypocrites: 


Earmark hypocrisy? - First Read - msnbc.com

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Essentialism for our time: Some thoughts

Thoughts on Essentialism


The biological essentialism which stemmed from the Aristotlean substance form ontology was a pre-scientific theory.    In the medeival synthesis,  Aquainas distinguised the individual from the form.  This trend would continue,  until in the 19th century   Nietzsche advocated the negation of  essentialism,  reversing it (yet he clung to it regarding gender).   

Social construction ideology of gender proports that all gender roles have been hoisted on us by social norms.  Essentialism would say the opposite:  Social norms arose from observing these essences.    The belief in an underlying and fixed,  unchanging essence is the conservative world view,  while the postmodern liberal view would seek to falsify this in order to transform society.  Evolving essentialism would be the moderate view,  combining  both aspects.  This would be the reconciliation of essentialism and anti-essentialism,  to admit that the underlying essences can partially evolve and shift,  while leaving an intact core.     Many people intuitively adopt this middle stance. 

In feminism and the gay community,  essentialist arguments have been posed,  and have  largely eroded.  Particularly in the latter,  the biological and genetic essentialims of LeVay has caused many gays to feel boxed in by such a "born that way"  definition of their gayness.  Although thought to be conducive to their vicitm identity,  it has actually caused many to see their sexuality as an anomoly rather than an expression of individual liberty.  Williams and Stein in Sexuality and Gender,  ( 2002,  Blackwell Publishing) attribute many conflicts within the gay community to essentialism.  Those who would be natural political allies have been split into warring camps,  the main conflict being whether one has adopted an essenitialist ideology or its opposite.  Conceptions about one's place in society,   and the meaning of behavior are affected by the  lens through which the world is viewed.  

Proponents of  individual liberty cannot wholly adhere to essentialism if they are to maintain a cohesive perspective.  False universalisms regarding gender,  race,  and ethinicity can obscure the individual who forms the nexus of his own actions and will.  Reductionism is bad;  relativism is worse;  what is a philosopher to do?  Compatiblism,  which fuses essentialism with a margin for free will and adaptation must surely be the most reasonable and least counter-intuitive of stances. 

From the field: Is a serious discussion of U.S. policy in the Arab-Israeli zone possible in Washington? Chas Freeman's exit

From the field: Is a serious discussion of U.S. policy in the Arab-Israeli zone possible in Washington? Chas Freeman's exit

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Musings from Inside the Culture Wars: Global Politician - Our Matriarchical Society

Global Politician - Our Matriarchical Society

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Obama Criticizes U.S. Schools, Calls for Reform - washingtonpost.com

Obama Criticizes U.S. Schools, Calls for Reform - washingtonpost.com

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Obama on education and chewing gum

STONE SOUP MUSINGS: Obama on education and chewing gum

Sign of Changing Times: Employee Free Choice Bill Introduced

In a sign of the changing times,  the Employee Free Choice Bill was introduced before the Senate.  The EFC Act's provisions allow for employees to form a union by majority vote,  and for various union arbitration.  Certainly a radical reversal of the Reagen Era,  as would be due in this time,  for good or ill.  The battle between business and labor begins now. . .

More Voltaire Quotes Apropos of Our Time

As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities. 


Froth at the top,  dregs at the bottom,  but the middle,  excellent.


I have never made but one prayer, and it was granted:  "O Lord,  make my enemies ridiculous.".


Illusion is the first of all our pleasures.


Injustice in the end produces independence.  


It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.  


It is not love,  but self-love,  which is blind. 


It is lamentable that to be a good patriot,  one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.  

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