…that which can adequately be explained by stupidity”
– Robert Hanlon
For those who are curious, I haven’t been posting much because I’ve been living in interesting times, in the Chinese sense of the term. I’d love to be a passive observer, sort of an anthropologist, watching fault lines develop and empires rise and fall. There’s a book to be written about this period of time when the Ozymandius we call the American Dream started to crumble. Fortunately, there will be plenty of documentation for the future author to sift through. Oh, well, it’s very hard to reverse the bad decisions of 2008 when the king makers deceived the general public. Who could have guessed that Obama would be the guy most likely to reintroduce feudalism?
Um, actually, I think we might have been on to that. But whatchagonnado? We’re just a bunch of uneducated working class menopausal sino-peruvian lesbians. (Sorry, myiq)
Anyway, I thought I’d weigh in on topics I haven’t been following closely because we are all entitled to our own uninformed opinion.
Elena Kagan: All I need to know about Kagan is that Obama is appointing her. Perhaps this is unfair guilt by association but as I’ve said before, “nothing good grows from a bad seed”. Obama’s meteoric rise to fame and glory had some notable unpleasant features and starred some very bad actors giving him scads of money and encouraging party officials to reshape the rules to favor a predetermined outcome regardless of the voters’ sentiments. That was a bad sign of things to come and our concerns were largely born out. If you want to see what this has done to the party as a whole, you need look no further than BTD’s post from yesterday and the exchange in the comments that followed where several people straighten out his ass. The Democrats really don’t know what to think about much of anything anymore. That’s what you get when you opt for political expedience over guiding principles.
Anyway, about Kagan, I would hope that Al Franken questions her about stuff related to commerce and business and labor relationships and finance and pensions and whether investment brokers have an obligation to tell their clients what they’re really up to and free speech and net neutrality and stuff like that. The abortion ship has sailed. Roe never meant equality, ladies. Let it go. Work on getting real equality. If the USSC wanted to outlaw abortion today, it has the votes to do it and that’s not going to change with Kagan’s vote. If it remains the law of the land, it’s only because both parties find it politically expedient, except now we know that the Democrats are hyprocrites. Let this be a warning to young Democratic women. Never join a club that has less than 34% women. If Democrats want my vote back, they’d be wise to implement a quota system in their party membership guaranteeing no less than 34% women running for office. Scandanavian political parties have a quota system and they have some of the highest living standards and gender equality statistics in the world. But we can save an argument in favor of gender equality in the political parties for another post. Let’s just say it’s past due and there are very good arguments in favor of it.
Facebook: As many of you may have discovered, I am not a facebook addict. Send me an invite and I’m likely to ignore it. I like friends as much as the next person and believe me, it’s not personal. But I just don’t like the idea of facebook, it’s kludgy interface or the pressure to join it. In my humble opinion, I feel it has the potential to become the tool to use for social engineering. Imagine an army of Obot marketers and political psychologists getting their tentacles into facebook through some back room deal with facebook’s founder. The very thought gives me chills. It would be like the Big Orange Cheeto on crystal meth. Before you knew it, half the country could be convinced that social security is a commie plot and Democrats have always been against it. I love to connect with people but prefer my GD independence. If I wanted peer pressure, I could attend a DFA event. Not really my thing. I know some of you don’t see the harm in it and that’s ok. But that’s how consensus reality works. You get subsumed into the culture of a thing and before you know it, your perception has changed. And when your reality is shaped by another entity, how are you going to be sure you’re making up your own mind?
I’ve been following some of the controversy around facebook privacy settings. This Week in Google, had a very good discussion around the facebook issue and the potential dangers. (the facebook discussion starts about 1/3 of the way through the podcast) Also, Al Franken has instructions if you want to disentangle yourself from facebook. Your choice.
Or it *should* be.
I’ve got a lot of things to say but limited time these days. But as I watch events around me, I continue to be surprised, but not at all astonished, at the level of incompetence and pointless ambition of the people who we have entrusted to run things. I can’t imagine why BTD wouldn’t want Bill Clinton back at times like these. Nor can I understand why the Democrats would slit their throats and destroy the country rather than do the right thing. If there’s an enthusiasm gap with voters, they brought it on themselves through what I hope is just stupidity. So, to them and all the other clueless who are cannibalizing each other these days, um, have a nice day.