Saturday, September 10, 2016

Take it to the Bank


Life is one big lesson divvied up into smaller, teachable moments called experiences.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. For some, it will be the headlamp of an oncoming train or semi. For others, it will be the freedom that only enlightenment can bring. With my luck, it’ll be the former and not the latter.

Context is king because it helps put things into proper perspective.

Time and distance tend to better enhance our perspective on events.

There are a bunch of folks out there who can’t see the forest through the trees. That’s why they keep running into them. Once you start seeing the forest through the trees, everything else begins to make sense.

Our ignorance does two things to us. It gets the best of us and brings out the worst in us. The same can be said for apathy and arrogance.

Stupidity is an equal opportunity destroyer.

Someone suffering from delirium has obviously lost whatever tenuous grip on reality that they though they may have had.

Common sense vs fear. One tends to keep the other on the run.

Where there is fear and confusion, there is opportunity to make a profit and take advantage of others.  (An extension of the Emmanuel Doctrine)

Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one, but it’s the ones that create the biggest stink that tend to garner the most attention.

First rule of civil discourse: never say anything that you’re going to regret later on.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, not because of what we know, but because of what we don’t know.

If arrogance is stupidity taken to new heights, and hubris is arrogance run wild, then what does that tell us about hubris?

Dealing with the continual intrusions of reality upon one’s reverie normally signals the beginnings of maturity.

The problem with conventional wisdom is that when it comes to the real world, it is neither.

Perception is not reality, it only colors reality.

Oh how the truth damns those who would deny it.

The truth is a wild and strange creature, incapable of loyalty or subservience and uncontrollable in its fury.

Sometimes we make fools of ourselves by believing things that aren’t necessarily true, while denying the very things that are.

The things we ignore at our own peril are just that.

Politics and Government:

Cronyism, demagoguery, and identity politics have been the root causes of the stunted development of many societies/nations and the downfall of others.

In crony capitalism, it takes two to tango, and Washington has been Wall Street’s longtime dance partner.

The one ultimatum evil doers around the world need to hear at some point in their miserable lives: cease and desist or cease to exist.

A few choice words about moral hazards:

  • The untenable positions we put ourselves in are the ones that tend to create the most difficulty for others.
  • Suddenly finding oneself in the deep end of the pool is one heck of a time to start learning how to swim.
  • Government is by far the biggest underwriter of moral hazards.

We live in a selfish, materialistic society. Government, instead of trying to curb or discourage us from such attitudes (which it has no business doing in the first place), at times seeks to take advantage of these vices for its own selfish purposes.

The politics of divisiveness, the divisiveness of politics.

Ya gotta love government mandates and edicts. You’re either being spoon fed or force fed.

When there is no infrastructure, there is no inertia. When there is no inertia, there is no resistance. When there is no resistance, you can make a clean break with the past and start over.

The liberal/progressive model for an ideal society can be summed up in two words:
no consequences.

I prefer to view politics through the unfiltered lens of history rather than view history through the prism of politics.

Dogmatic individuals tend to suffer under the myopia of their convictions.

Moral Relativism: changing the world, one gullible mind at a time.

Multiculturalism is nothing more than identity politics wrapped in the cloak of diversity.

Risk Taking courtesy of John Paul Jones and William Shakespeare:

  1. He who will not risk cannot win.
  2. Discretion is the better part of valor.
  3. When a conflict arises between the two previous rules, refer to rule number 2.

The Rules of 2.

2 many people were promised 2 much, worse yet, it was all 2 good 2 be true.

2 many people with 2 many friends in high places have been screwing us over for far 2 long.

Time for Americans to hit the Road



Moderate liberalism, compassionate conservatism, military intelligence, the work of government, conventional wisdom, an honest snake oil salesman, old bold pilots.


For some of our elected or appointed officials and celebrities, peccadilloes are more like peckerdilloes.

I suffer from a reptile dysfunction. My trouser snake ain’t working right.


Nikita Khrushchev Says (courtesy of The Glasnost Tapes)
Foreign troops on any country’s soil are not a gift from God, but a necessity of war.

Who ever has any extra money to spend on defense?  I say, no one, that’s who. It’s something you are forced into.

James A Michener 1995
War is war, and if you are unlucky enough to become engaged in one, you better not lose it.

F.A. Hayek

From the saintly and single minded idealist to the fanatic is often but a step.

Rule of Law vs Arbitrary Gov’t. By giving government unlimited powers, the most arbitrary rule can be made legal, and in this way a democracy may set up the most complete despotism imaginable.

Ron Paul:

When government grows, liberty suffers. This happens no matter what justification is given for the government programs financed.

As the iron fist grows in size….we will see a transformation of America that spells the end of a grand experiment in human liberty.

Ken Blackwell
We have become a culture where earning money doesn’t entitle you to it, but wanting it does. That is the essence of redistribution.

Glenn Beck
“Our problem in our country is not money and rich people. Our problem in our country is greed and loss of perspective…. each man has to police himself and each man or woman makes the decision for themselves.” 

Samuel Langdon (1788)
"On the people, therefore, of these United States, it depends whether wise men, or fools, good or bad men, shall govern them. Whether they shall have righteous laws, a faithful administration of government, and permanent good order, peace, and liberty, or on the contrary, feel insupportable burdens and see all their affairs run into confusion and ruin.” 

Frank J Fleming 2012
Having politicians fix problems is like having a three-year-old fix your computer with a hammer.

From Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy by David O. Stewart

Carl Shurz 1865:
Nothing renders society more restless than…..a revolution but half accomplished.

Congressman Thaddeus Stevens 1868:
If you and your compeers can fling away ambition and realize that every human being, however lowly-born or degraded by fortune, is your equal, that every inalienable right which belongs to you belongs to him, truth and righteousness will spread over the land…

The unmaking of Americans: how multiculturalism has undermined the assimilation ethic by John J. Miller

Woodrow Wilson on Immigration and Assimilation:
You cannot dedicate yourself to America unless you become in every respect and with every purpose of your will, thorough Americans. You cannot become thorough Americans if you think of yourselves in groups. A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American, and the man who goes among you to trade upon your nationality is no worthy son to live under the Stars and Stripes.

RADM Charles A. Rainey 2012
It’s the organization, not the individual or the personality, that is enduring.

Sen Daniel P. Moynihan
You are entitled to your own opinion. You are not entitled to your own facts.

John Lennon:
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Of Chess Sacrifices and Poison Pills

Benghazi, it’s back in the news again as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before a select committee investigating the events of September 11th, 2012. If you lean right, you came away thinking that she was covering up the truth about the attacks and what the folks in the Obama Administration knew and when they knew it. If you lean left, you came away thinking that this was an attack against Secretary Clinton, thereby supporting the claim by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that this was a witch hunt.

Speaking of Representative McCarthy, just why did he make such a claim? It’s no surprise that the more radical elements of the Republican Party have been disappointed with the leadership of Speaker John Boehner and were looking for a change. When former Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his re-election bid to a primary challenger, the line of succession for House leadership had been disrupted. Enter Mr. McCarthy as the new Majority Leader and by virtue of his position, one of the heirs apparent to the Speakership. The only problem with his accession, of course, was the radical wing of the party putting forth its own candidates for the top spot. To the casual observer this looked like a fractured party incapable of governing, so now the question that the leadership had to answer was how to deal with this situation. Apparently, the conclusion they reached was to throw the radicals under the bus.

The statement that issued forth from Mr. McCarthy’s mouth several weeks ago claiming that the Benghazi hearings were a political stunt calculated to discredit Hillary Clinton, was in fact designed to discredit and/or marginalize the more radical elements of his own party and bring them to heel. In the aftermath of what happened though, his chances of becoming Speaker evaporated rather quickly. Too bad, so sad for Mr. McCarthy, or was it? I’m no chess expert, heck, I don’t even know how to play, but there are moves on the chess board where important pieces are strategically sacrificed by one player. The player doing the sacrificing now has the upper hand since only he/she knows what the next moves are going to be and that fosters an element of uncertainty on the part of the opponent. Control of the match is therefore ceded to the sacrificing player. The Republican leadership would be that sacrificing player, which means that there will be more to come on this apparent schism within the Republican Party.

Much has been made of Hillary Clinton’s recently recovered/released emails. In fact, they were the reason that there was such a renewed impetus to continue with the House Select Committee on Benghazi hearings. Sidney Blumenthal had been a longtime Clinton confidant and was one of the people whom Ms. Clinton was in constant communication with when it came to the Middle East. The assertion that he was giving policy recommendations to Ms. Clinton is a little bit of a stretch in my opinion. What has apparently flown under the radar though, is the fact that Mr. Blumenthal was denied a position within the State Department and the Obama Administration. This slight rankled Mr. Blumenthal as evidenced by some of the language he directed at the Administration and its lack of understanding as to how the world really worked. Chairman Gowdy made a point of reading a few of the choice comments Mr. Blumenthal had penned in his emails to then Secretary Clinton.

What’s the big deal, one may ask. The big deal is the fact that Ms. Clinton chose to communicate with an individual who had been persona non grata with her bosses. She chose to do it in a clandestine way via her very own email server. Regardless of what the legality of such an act may entail (that will be determined by the FBI and the Justice Department), she chose to do something that was bound to upset the very people she worked for and with. Like Camp Clinton, Camp Obama has been be none too forgiving of those who have crossed them, and I’m sure that they will find a way to have this play out in the Democratic primaries and possibly even the general election. Whatever tenuous peace that may have existed between the two groups, has been forever shattered and the Democratic Party may not be in that much better shape than their Republican counterparts.

This is definitely going to be an interesting election season, to say the least.