Open Thread Saturday Black & Right February 9, 2013 Government, Legal 7 Comments Change we’d better believe in. h/t Subliminal Watch OMMAG ommag The sad thing is that Americans are going to leave it to a tool like that to defend their own constitution. aelfheld The minute someone starts yammering on about GWB being a ‘moron’ I tune out. The argument may have some bit of merit but it’s subsumed by the evident derangement of the presenter. http://twitter.com/GatesofVienna gates of vienna He was born too late. The bit about agw fits in with the rest of his belief system in a strange way because like his ancestors in New England, he really does believe we can make utopias if we only get people to think (and act) correctly. Cotton Mather would’ve loved him. Give him long enough and he’s going to call for the reinstatement of stocks in the town square. George Bush won’t be in them because “he’s a moron” (how do we know that Bush is stupid? Because Hedges tell us so). However, the purportedly ‘smart’ Obama would have to be in the stocks because BHO knowingly sinned. The Puritans were socialists just like this guy,,.until they found out the hard way that you can punish people all you want but they’ll continue to act in their own self-interest. No pie-inna-sky sermon will convince them to abandon their common sense. Santayana would come in handy here: once his forebears learned that people will work hard on their own behalf, they gave up putting slackers in the stocks and gave them some land instead. Worked like a charm: productivity in the whole enterprise went up. But socialists quiver indignantly at the word “enterprise”… while they delight in the destructive nonsense that oozed out of the Occupy scheme. Given the large toilet *that* became, you’d think such a close-up real life experience might convince him to reconsider his first principles. Not a chance. Beware the man who has never left the bubble into which he was born, has never worked by the sweat of his brow, but can literally quiver with moral indignation at the mendacity of others. I’ll bet his kids begged for corporal punishment rather than be subjected to another one of Dad’s sermons. n.n He’s right and wrong. He’s right about the evolution of a dictatorship. He offers only an assertion that Bush is a moron and that Obama is intelligent. He’s right that deficits, especially account deficits (i.e. open-ended), serve to devalue capital and labor, unless they are matched with equal gains in productivity, where the latter typically results in concentrations in wealth. He’s wrong about global warming, climate disruption, climate change, etc., which really should be qualified with anthropogenic, and should be noted that the observed behavior is not abnormal, even within an extremely limited frame of reference (e.g. 100 years). The universe, and our Earth system, exhibit a chaotic behavior. That is the behavior is bounded, with intermediate effects modeled as stochastic processes. There is no normal, only a range of normal. As for due process, and equality under the law, is he pro-abortion or pro-choice? Our national charter establishes that our unalienable rights are endowed from “creation.” The Fourteenth Amendment establishes that our rights, including our right to life, cannot be violated without sufficient cause and not before due process is afforded. I have mixed feelings about his integrity. I am suspicious that he would conflate and attempt to establish legitimacy for disparate issues. I am concerned when he distorts or ignores reality to support a wealth redistribution scheme, including the global warming agenda. I am especially concerned when his interests in civil and human rights are selective. Tallyman Chris Hedges was dropped from NY Times in their budget cutting, while Krugman stayed. Lowered income focuses the mind. Imagine his inner torment turning on his messiah, Barack. He’s right that a military dictatorship would result. From Wikipedia: 1. “In 2012, after the Obama Administration signed the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, Hedges sued members of the U.S. government claiming that section 1021 of the law unconstitutionally allowed presidential authority for indefinite detention without habeas corpus. He was later joined in the suit, Hedges v. Obama, by activists including Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg. In May 2012,” 2. “In 2002, Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received in 2002 the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. He writes a weekly column on Mondays for Truthdig and authored what The New York Times described as “a call to arms” for the first issue of The Occupied Wall Street Journal, the newspaper giving voice to the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park, New York City.” jb Yep, that guy is STABLE…. the world is ending due to global warming/climate change? Glad he is fighting against Barky here, but truly, the guy is a KOOL AID drinker. Tallyman Where is the media? Conservatives? Libertarians? Liberals? “Power corrupts”. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Whereas Bush might be a moron, Obama, likely, had even lower grades at college. The fallacy of Liberal trust is that they don’t see that even if Barack were a saint, what about all those that will follow. The Second Circuit Appeals judges are the best that money and/or Schumer could buy. The Second Circuit has given us Kagan and Sotomayer. Our Republic’s fate hangs on the whims, prejudices and stupidities of nine unaccountable lawyers slithering under black robes.