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Monday, January 17, 2011

You Want Civility? I've Got Your Civility.

From the Liberal Dictionary:

Civility
Noun: civility səˈvilitē
1.  Shut up.

Personally?   I like Obama's Lesson to Live By:

"“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun."

Now that is - if one knows our history - civilized America.

You go, dude.

Don Surber on that same subject:
I do not want civil discourse

For a decade, from the election of Bush 43 forward, the Left has lied and cheated as it tried to return to power. Al Gore made a mockery out of the American electoral system by being a spoilsport over Florida, which Bush indeed won by 537 votes. Dan Rather forged a document to try to derail Bush’s re-election. Twice Democrats stole U.S. senators from the Republicans. After voting to support the war to get by the 2002 election, many Democrats quickly soured on the war. The profane protests were cheered by liberals who misattributed “dissent is the highest form of patriotism” to Thomas Jefferson; the words belong to the late historian Howard Zinn.

Once in power, liberals were the opposite of gracious.

For two years now, I have been called ignorant, racist, angry and violent by the left. The very foul-mouthed protesters of Bush dare to now label my words as “hate speech.”

Last week, the left quickly blamed the right for the national tragedy of a shooting spree by a madman who never watched Fox News, never listened to Rush Limbaugh and likely did not know who Sarah Palin is.

Fortunately, the American public rejected out of hand that idiotic notion that the right was responsible.

Rather than apologize, the left wants to change the tone of the political debate.

The left suddenly wants civil discourse.

Bite me.
BITE ME, indeed.

Our country is now hell-in-a-hand basket. And it's all their fault. And they want to criticize me for the tone of my outrage? Here's my reaction:

It's the outrage, stupid.

And it ain't going away, no matter what Katie Couric or Diane Sawyer may think of me. Or what they - in their charmingly civil way - call me.

Bite me is as civil as it's going to get, babe.

What Do We Do With The Insane Among Us?

Look closely at these two photos.  Photos of two obviously (to those who came in contact with them) insane human beings.  Two individuals who were - to everyone who knew them well - ticking time bombs.

Two men who - between them - slaughtered 38 innocent people.

Two men who were considered to be dangerous.

Two men who should have been institutionalized.

Two men who never spent a night in confinement their entire lives.

(At least, in the case of Jared Lee Loughner, not until he had committed his heinous act of mass murder and, unlike Cho Seung-hui who had enough presence of mind to kill himself before the authorities got to him, failed to put a bullet in his own brain.)

Society refused to do anything about them before they exploded.  "Society" refuses to deal with their kind even now.  Preferring instead to focus on (in this order) Sarah Palin, guns, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, the Tea Party, and ... whitey.

Meanwhile the clock continues to tick ...

P.J.O'Rourke:
The [New York] Times ran, as its second lead, above the fold on the front page, a story about the Tucson shootings headlined “Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics.” The article, by Carl Hulse and Kate Zernike, contains almost nothing newsworthy. Nor can it be called news analysis, beginning as it does with an attempt to create a self-fulfilling prophecy: “The shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords .  .  . set off what is likely to be a wrenching debate over anger and violence in American politics.”

If self-fulfilling prophecies were wanted from reporters​—​and they are not​—​a better one would have been “Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Mental Health Policies.” The person in custody for the Tucson crimes is, according to all accounts, profoundly crazy. For decades in America there has been an effort to ensure that the rights of those who are not sane are the same as the rights of those who are. Perhaps a wrenching debate over this should be had.
But, will say the critics, the common denominator in these two incidents is the availability and use of guns to commit the crimes perpetrated.  Like both men being insane isn't one.

But those critics have selective memories.  On the same day that Loughner was acting out on his inner demons' orders, another insane human being was viciously castrating his male lover in a New York hotel room.  Presumably not with the barrel of a gun.  And shortly after the Virginia Tech campus returned to some semblance of calm after the Cho rampage, a young female student was decapitated in an off-campus restaurant by a seriously crazed monster.  With no mention of a gun or Sarah Palin being involved.

Monsters.  By the thousands.  Walking the streets.

And this - our civilized society - has no idea what to do with them.  Or, heaven forbid, to them.

I guess it's understandable that the intelligent among us prefer to focus on guns (and Palin).  They have nothing else.  They are clueless.

And defenseless.

Quote of the Day

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this from the most influential man of our time:

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

America to Martin Luther King, Jr.: Sorry. Ain't gonna happen.

On Spinning Straw Into Gold

Don't laugh.  There have been many human beings over the centuries who believed with all their hearts that one could take iron or lead and turn such base metals - alchemically - into gold or silver.  A neat trick that just never seemed to pan out.

The point in the storyline in which you might want to start giggling, however, is when you find out that it was a broad segment of "the scientific community" that believed it.

Which says a lot about the scientific community.

Which brings us to 2011 and the alchemy of our day - alternative energy.

I wonder.  How many of the world's august scientists who truly believe that they can replace fossil fuels with solar and wind power - in this enlightened era - also believe in Rumpelstiltskin?

Oh, if only they could keep their thoughts flitting merrily through fantasyland and didn't have to return to this the cold, harsh, real world:
Plant will shut after $58m in state aid
By Todd Wallack, Globe Staff

Evergreen Solar Inc. will eliminate 800 jobs in Massachusetts and shut its new factory at the former military base in Devens, just two years after it opened the massive facility to great fanfare and with about $58 million in taxpayer subsidies.

“This is a grueling decision for any management team to make,’’ said Evergreen spokesman Michael W. McCarthy, who added that company officials struggled over the fate of the Devens plant “for a particularly long time.’’

The Devens closing is a major hit to Governor Deval Patrick’s efforts to make Massachusetts a hub of the emerging clean-energy industry. The administration persuaded Evergreen to build at Devens with a package of grants, land, loans, and other aid originally valued at $76 million. The company ended up taking about $58 million, one of the largest aid packages Massachusetts has provided to a private company, and the governor was the featured guest at Evergreen’s ribbon-cutting in July 2008. [link]
The commonwealth of Massachusetts - which squandered that $58 million in hard-earned taxpayer income - blames the Chinese for the closing because the Chinese subsidize the solar industry.  Like the commonwealth of Massachusetts didn't.

Make no mistake, the Chinese government does invest in solar.  Because there's business to be had over here, selling to rubes businesses (that are subsidized by our government) the solar panels our tax dollars are paying for.

But the Chinese aren't stupid.  They know where a buck (or a yuan) is to be made.  Heck, they'd manufacture and sell us shit-in-a-boot if they knew there was a market for it.

Which will probably be the next sure-fire scientific breakthrough that will come from our modern-day alchemists who today are diligently trying to turn iron into gold.  Or solar into a viable energy source.

It seemed like such a wondrous idea.  The kind of panacea that only the Brothers Grimm could have dreamt up.