Saturday, April 19, 2008

Never mind the noise from flyover country
Must be those religious gun nuts again
No one is calling for a precipitous withdrawal.
— Barack Obama during the Petraeus hearing
My first reaction to that statement is to ask, “Why the hell not?”

On further reflection, however, I’m constrained to point out that Obama’s assertion is entirely false — unless, of course, removing our troops after five years of pointless brutality would be “precipitous” action, and the Republican Congressman representing Victoria, Texas who urges immediate withdrawal is named “No One” rather than “Ron Paul.”
The dollar falls, the predators awaken
When the copper inside is worth more than the house

More of ‘classical liberalism is classical’
Remove justice, and what are kingdoms but gangs of criminals on a vast scale? What are criminal gangs but petty kingdoms?

A gang is a group of men under the command of a leader, bound by a compact of association, in which the plunder is divided according to an agreed convention. If this villainy wins so many recruits from the ranks of the demoralized that it acquires territory, establishes a base, captures cities and subdues peoples, it then openly arrogates to itself the title of ‘kingdom’, which is conferred on it in the eyes of the world, not by the renouncing of aggression but by the attainment of impunity.

For it was a witty and a truthful rejoinder which was given by a captured pirate to Alexander the Great. The king asked the fellow, ‘What is your idea, in infesting the sea?’ And the pirate answered, with uninhibited insolence, ‘The same is yours, in infesting the earth! But because I do it with a tiny craft, I’m called a pirate; because you have a mighty navy, you're called an emperor.’
— St Augustine, The City of God, book IV, chapter 4

The FLDS and ‘your children are ours’
  • It’s a cult but so what? The civil government is not, and cannot be, empowered to define and punish heresy (apostasy).
  • In practice, the Regime’s evil easily outstrips that of the Mormon offshoot, since the latter is commendably disinclined to impose itself beyond its own ranks.
  • The FLDS ruling elite has been very generously underwritten by government subsidies of various kinds.
  • The law that was the excuse for the raid was only recently created for that purpose.
  • ‘Sarah’, the 16-year-old ‘victim’ whose phone call triggered the raid, probably isn’t real.
  • The Texan foster-care system is arguably more dangerous.
Why the Iraqis fight
As their APC passed beneath a grove of palm trees, Joshua described how easy it would be to ambush the unit. “To my surprise,” Joshua recalls, “the sergeant did not lecture me for speaking my mind. Softly, he told me, ‘I’d do the same thing if people invaded America.’”
From William Grigg.

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