Friday, November 30, 2012
Labels: Hornets and Lightning
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
What Is He Ashamed Of?
Saturday, November 17, 2012
First Look at Oliver Stone's New History Series
I have to admit I am completely at sea when he talks about an American Empire. We don't have one. You have to change the meaning of the word 'Empire' beyond all recognition to apply it to America.
He implies with his lionization of vice president, for a while, Henry Wallace, that Democrats in the 30s and 40s were the spearhead of civil rights for blacks. Nope. The Democrat party and its armed/terrorist wing, the Ku Klux Klan, were the oppressors of blacks though out America. It was now unknown Republican politicians who were then fighting the battle to overcome Jim Crow laws and bigotry.
One would never know from Stone's facile retelling of the armed struggles in the 30s and 40s, including WWII, where on the political continuum the belligerents stood. I have no problem with holding up the USSR for praise for its citizens' sacrifice and courage fighting about 80% of the war against the Nazis and winning the conflict with only a minor assist from the Allies. But that doesn't make the USSR a force for good. Far from it. The war in Europe was largely lefty against lefty, the national socialists against the international socialists. That's untold history from Mr. Stone and Peter Kuznik. Beam in the Commies' eyes ignored. Speck in Americans' eyes harped upon.
One cannot apply the left to right political continuum to Japanese politics in the 30s. Japan was then divided between the party that really wanted to create an Empire and the party that kinda didn't. They didn't much read or follow either Marx or Burke.
I could go on and on, but needless to say, there is so much to history that every retelling leaves things out. I just wanted to point out the irony of Stone retelling history he only thinks has been untold while not telling some very important details about his friends on the left and the extreme left.
Cum grano salis, if you want to stomach the lefty love-in of history.
Pas D'Ennemi à Gauche, I always say.
Labels: Our Future; Hyperinflation
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A New Beginning
As opposed to the old beginnings we're so used to. The franchise went Disney with the freakin' Ewoks in the third film. The recent set of three prequels sucked from beginning to end. This new set of three sequels (always on George Lucas' mind) by Disney probably will be bad as well, but if Lucas is not writing it, all I see is up side.
Labels: Disney Company; Star Wars
Monday, November 12, 2012
So Far, So Good
Labels: Election Results 2012
Labels: The Future; Greek Fascists
Friday, November 09, 2012
Thought of the Day
Stephen Hunter in Night of Thunder
Good to see the great testosterone-fiction author Stephen Hunter has the same low opinion of our country's mainline battle rifle's ammunition as I do. Fortunately for the hero of the series, Bob Lee Swagger, his AR-15 is chambered for 6.8mm Remington SPC. Would that the responsible Pentagon geniuses would wake up and supply our nation's heroes with the same fighting chance against our up ammoed enemies.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Interaction on a Galactic Scale
Just a little needed perspective for our troubled times.
Labels: Tadpole Galaxy
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Hitler and the Fau Vay
Hitler, on his 50th birthday in April, 1939, inspects one of the automotive developments of the Third Reich which would last, the Volkswagon, the people's car. We sometimes call it by its initials a Vee Double-U or Vee Dub for short. Because the Germans pronounce some letters of the alphabet differently, it's a Fau Vay to them. You can tell this is pre-war Nazi Germany as the SS men are in black and the party officials are in sandy brown. It is a popular idea that Hitler double-crossed the people Germany, many of whom had started to put money into government accounts to buy their Fau Vays. Hitler took the money but never delivered the cars as the production all switched after Poland was invaded to the German version of the jeep, the Kübelwagen, which looked exactly like the VW Thing, which were sold here in the late 70s for a couple of years. I have no idea if the story is true or not. I wouldn't put it past these fascists.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Thoughts on the Welfare State
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
As C.S. Lewis noted, the Greeks had several words for love: Eros, ἔρως, which, as you might suspect, involves erotic thoughts--sensual, sexual desire; Agape, ἀγάπη, which is difficult to define in a short sentence but here goes--an intentional desire to make things better in response to the dilute evil and general suffering of mankind; Philia, φιλία, which is the love we feel for our friends and family members; and, Storge, στοργή, which is the fondness we get for people, things or places from spending time with them or in them.
Agape is the word used in the gospels for God's love for us. It is either translated as love or as charity.
The word Greek word love in that scripture is agapao.For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.—John 3:16
John 4:8 uses the same word. ὁ θεὸς ἀγάπη ἐστίν, God is love.
Agape is the word used in Jesus' description of the two new commandments in Matthew 22:37; and in the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5:43-46; and, it is the word, translated as charity, used in I Corinthians 13:13, quoted above.
For me, charity is love for strangers, for people we have never and may never meet. It is an act of giving which enobles the givers without enabling the givees. It is one way for people to be the best that people can be.
Our American government has tried to replace charity with welfare payments of varying sorts, collected from the medium to highly successful and given to the losers and less prosperous. Our current form of welfare is in no way charity. It does not involve love at any level. It does not enoble the tax-payers (as they are forced by law, ultimately by people with guns, to pay). Force and charity cannot coexist in the same act. Just so, erotic love and force cannot really exist in the same act; we call that rape, not love.
And this false, forced charity has a bad effect on the receivers, the moral hazard of removing love from the act of giving to and caring for our fellow humans and replacing it with force, with law divested of real charity. The receivers are not at all grateful and their self-hatred and self-destruction, which helped cause them to be less successful in the first place, only grows worse. And when there is little to no pain resulting from bad behavior, then there is little to no reason to cease behaving badly.
The Republicans stand for love, for real charity; the Democrats stand for force, for government compelling a destructive transfer of earned wealth and property. I could never be a Democrat and I can't understand how the Democrats think that welfare systems they have created are in any way helpful to the downtrodden.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
We Are Yet But Young In Deed
Labels: Bill and Hillary