All You Need To Do Is Stop Shooting

August 1st, 2014 No comments

link UN Condemns Israels Latest War Crime: Not Sharing Iron Dome with Hamas.

Again, you can’t make this up.  Most news headlines now are consumed with the war that’s going on between Israel and a radical wing of the PLO, Hamas.  Technically, it isn’t really a war, since a war will have identifiable combatants on either side.  In this case, the Israeli military or IDF are readily identifiable with uniforms whereas the Hamas fighters are shown in videos with the standard face coverings and head wraps, your standard terrorist garb.  To the degree that warfare has rules at all, in standard conflicts, combatant A fires at combatant B as per the Marquess Of Queensbury rules of conflict.  In this case, combatants B are hiding in plain clothes, using hospitals, schools and mosques as cover.  While this does guarantee that collateral civilian non combatants will be victimized, it also means the battle fought in the sphere of public opinion is won.  Nobody likes to see images of injured and crying kids.

As the old saying goes, the first casualty in any war is truth.  And so the truths that are emanating from the general media on this conflict are as grotesque in distortion as images found at the house of mirrors at an amusement park.  Doing some quick research on the number of instances of a military giving citizens advance warning of a bombing raid yields zero results.  As far as the war racket goes, that’s about as polite as you can get. The U.N., the omnipotent arbiter of fairness and humanity has predictably condemned Israel’s actions but without condemning Hamas for specifically placing their people in harm’s way.  Whereas one side shows the utmost respect for human life, the other side considers human lives as merely shields to hide behind, as dispensable as Kleenex.  But regardless of this fact, the U.N. wants Israel to share their missile shield defense with the very people that are firing at them.  This is as if your neighbor flung dog poop into your yard and you flung it back with a hockey stick.  Well, now they want hockey sticks too.

When you look in perspective at the predicament of Israel and their relative position in the Middle East, you can’t help but think that something’s out of whack as far as reporting.  The population of Israel is about 8 million.  The population of the Middle East, North African Arab states is about 380 million.  The land area of Israel is about 8000 square miles; the collective Arab states many, many times that as shown in the diagram below (taken from Iris.org ). Modern warfare it seems, is fought as much with ink as it is with bullets.   arabwld3

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Choices Galore

July 22nd, 2014 No comments

link With liberals pining for a Clinton challenger, ambitious Democrats get in position – The Washington Post.

And so the farce continues.  Anxious to show that the Democratic buffet has more than just Hilary to serve, they are pushing possible contenders to be alternate menu items to the devoted faithful.  As of now, the choices are, leftover meatloaf, pemican or a pick of a duo of mixed nuts.

The only thing delicious about this tortured analogy is the irony since there is nothing on the Democratic table that is remotely fresh or new considering that the barb most often hurled at the Republican party is that they are the party of old white men.

Like most positions that emanate from the Democratic party, their presumptive candidates are hopelessly out of touch and lost in the past.  Clinton, Warren and Brown are relics of the hippie past in America, holdouts from the 60’s in their mindsets and worldviews.  Biden, if he is a contender, is a relic of Archie comics.   These people have as much in common with the sensibilities of  the present generation of voters  as cheese does to head cheese.  The fact that the party is unable to attract anyone to be their standard bearer who isn’t already collecting a seniors’ pension is very telling.  The contrast with the core values of the party of “old white men” couldn’t be more stark.

Whereas one party harps on the tired core values of entitlement and fantasy, the other party has a plethora of young capable leaders whose visions have an arm’s reach connection with reality.  Most could be the children of the aged Dem candidates.  Many have already proven their talents in actually running state governments with effective results whereas on the Dem side, most of them are professional politicos.  There is enough range in the positions of those on the Republican side that there is not just one tired monolithic message that followers are obligated to subscribe to as if in a moonie cult.

If I were looking to dine at the Democratic buffet table, I’m not sure I’d be all that excited about the addition of Jerry Brown to the offerings.  The stuff that’s on the table now has been there a long time, some of it passed over and adding more leftovers doesn’t make it more attractive.  Of course that doesn’t mean that there’s no appetite for this.  America loves buffets.  It perpetuates the myth that you can get a lot for very little.

Now You Know

July 16th, 2014 No comments

link The 5 Most Dangerous Guns in America Pictures – Derringers | Rolling Stone.

It appears as if there’s an entire community of aspiring ASiF writers out there.  With so many true but bizarre events transpiring these days, it’s often hard to discern actual reporting from editorial from satire.  The classic Karl Marx quote is that history repeats itself first as a tragedy, then as a farce.

If the offerings of popular media are any indication of where we are in Marx’s continuum of history, then it’s likely culture and society have moved into the farce stage.  In a recent study by the Brookings Institution and the Public Religion Research Institute, Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central’s eponymously named show is considered a more reliable news source than MSNBC.  Of course that’s a low bar, but the implications of that are astounding.

On any given day in popular media, there’s always front page coverage of The Life Of Kim, the top 5 beach bodies, the top hunkiest actors, or the most recently rumored Apple device.  Media has become a resource for 12 year old girls.  Rolling Stone for years has tried to present itself as the cool rag of the leftist intelligentsia and in truth, they’ve had some good articles when Matt Taibbi was on board.  With this article on the five deadliest guns, they have truly jumped the shark and abandoned any pretense of intellectual reportage.

Fortunately, there seems to be a contingent of people out there who get it.  It is within the comments section to this piece where the most entertaining snippets lie.  Actually, there’s plenty of fodder there for future columns.  For those too lazy to click on the link, here are some real gems:

The 5 Most Dangerous Marx Brothers:
Groucho
Chico
Harpo
Zeppo
Karl

Five most common vehicles used by drunk drivers:
1. SUV’s.
2. Pick up trucks.
3. Sedans
4. Coupes.
5. Minivans

Five Most Dangerous Rock Bands

5) Rick Derringer
4) L.A. Guns
3) Guns ‘n Roses
2) Shotgun Messiah
1) The Beatles during the recording of “Revolver”

Five most dangerous seasons:
5. Rabbit Season
4. Duck Season
3. Rabbit Season
2. Rabbit Season
1. Duck Season….

And for the global warming crowd:

100% chance you will die if you drink water
100% chance you will die if you breathe Oxygen

We’re going to get these guys on staff.