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Bloviating Zeppelin: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: ATTITUDE

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: ATTITUDE

It's 2006; predictions have been made and, know what? I've some to make as well.

George Soros is predicting oil up to $262 a barrel (as opposed to the $65 per barrel now):

"U.S. power and influence has declined precipitously because of Iraq and the war on terror and that creates an incentive for anyone who wants to make trouble to go ahead and make it." As an example, Soros pointed to the regime in Iran, which is heading towards a confrontation with the West over its nuclear power program and doesn't show any signs of compromising. "Iran is on a collision course and I have a difficulty seeing how such a collision can be avoided," he says.

Doom and gloom.

People wax nostalgic for not only what once was, but what can be.

Just as in 1979, there exists the trend for a popularist who can:

  • Communicate with the electorate
  • Evince they are more than the Lesser of Two Evils
  • Emphasize the Buy America Trend
  • Shove down government from Big to Small
  • Emphasize local as opposed to state or federal
  • Portray the postive instead of the negative.

Someone who can connect with the electorate on a visceral, emotional, positive level --

Will win.

Ron: we need you more than ever. . .


Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

George Soro! Yeah, he knows all too well about compromising and solutions with doom and gloom. I would not be surprised if there is a connection to him and Iran in some form or another, and hopefully revealed in time. To me George Soro is an enemy and possibly a terrorist in disguise.

Positive is definitely the solution and we will win. (smiling)

Mon Feb 06, 05:56:00 AM PST  
Blogger Revka said...

Yes, we need another Ron..If gas prices go up.. So what, Bush will tap the reserves.. It won't solve it.. Only drilling in anwar and other known places the wackos won't let us drill.. I disagree with Bush's 'switchblade grass' idea, and the 'addicted to oil' thing....but agree with him on about 90% of everything else.

The only reason we are having high gas prices and the towel heads having some control over us, is because of the LIBERALS.... We are dependant on the arabs' oil because of the LIBERALS... When the oil prices go up.. the blame should go to the LIBERALS, and the spineless republicans who have let special interest win.

You know I have been getting a little tired of blogging.. Due to the childish antics of the left. It is old, and everyone is aware of it. SO.. what else do you post about?? I like your last 3 posts.. Very well done..

Chatter's last few posts have been great also.. They are more positive, and 'progressive'...

Mon Feb 06, 07:59:00 AM PST  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

I despise doom and gloomers.

Mon Feb 06, 09:42:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Suzie: a clue for George: he outspent everyone to push the Democrats and still lost the presidency. Money factors big, but as proven, it isn't always everything.

Rebecca: I do in fact believe in weaning ourselves off the oil nipple if for no other reason than energy independence. But I'm not yet aware of a technology that equates to the equal efficiency of petroleum. In the meantime we, as you point out, are stymied on so many levels by Greens and Dems who are essentially insisting that we DO rely on external and international energy sources, such as OPEC, by not allowing us to tap internal sources -- ANWR, coastal drilling, deeper shale drilling in Montana, etc.

And thanks for the kudos about the posts!

LMC: Me too.

To All: I've been getting very wrapped up in doom and gloom recently, at work and in my personal life. I'm doing my best to get out of it.

I'm gonna keep on blogging. I've just gotta try to reshape my mind and come to terms with a few issues. It won't be easy; it isn't easy now.

It would be easy, however, to simply allow those of the extreme Left to have their way and not fight their schemes. But I can't do that. I don't believe any of you reading this can either -- including James.

I can recall reading Toffler's Future Shock years ago and I submit: that's precisely what's going on now, but at an even more geometric rate than even Toffler could have envisioned. Change in and of itself isn't bad; unbridled change, rising and rising, begins to reach a saturation point where most "normal" persons start to feel completely helpless, totally out of control. I admit I've peered over that precipice and that's part of my "issue set."

Where are we going and what can be done? I honestly haven't a clue. And we are ALL in this same boat, together. We are at a crossroads where technology and change is mutating so rapidly, I wonder how we can cope mentally, physically, spiritually.

I will be gone on a business trip the rest of this week and likely won't be posting until next Monday, the 13th -- unless I can figure out how to connect to the internet from my hotel room and it doesn't cost $3,000 to do so.

If you don't see posts for a while, fear not. BZ will be back.

Mon Feb 06, 11:51:00 AM PST  
Blogger Revka said...

just an f.y.i. my blog is not coming up at all.. maybe a tech. issue, or some liberal hacker that doesn't like what I have to say.. I have contacted them, but if it doesn't come up by tomorrow.. i saved my template.. i will just re-do my blog if I have to. Hopefully not..

Mon Feb 06, 12:20:00 PM PST  
Blogger bigwhitehat said...

Maybe I should have read this before I whined through my last post.

Wed Feb 08, 06:14:00 AM PST  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

02 08 06

Hey there Blo Zep: As I discovered from LMiss Chatterbox and you a few months ago, I have some ideological similarities to Reagan. IF EVER there was a time to shrink government it would be NOW!!! We need comprehensive strategies where we are placed in the world because the IRanian threat is just tooooooo much to think about arhhhghgghgh!! Anyway, I mentioned you in my current post on blog etiquette. You have the best etiquette out there:) Have a wonderful day:)

Wed Feb 08, 11:18:00 AM PST  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

In ref to your comment TO ALL, I truly relate to your feelings....Somehow I have to take a deep breath and reshape my mind as well. It truly is difficult at times especially lately.

Have a safe trip and look forward to your return. (smiling)

I wonder how we can cope mentally, physically, spiritually. I am battling with that right now too.

Thu Feb 09, 04:29:00 AM PST  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

*The Great Karnak places an envelope at his head*

"$80" he says.

The audience looks mystified. He takes the envelope from his head and opens it and reads as he does:

"At what price in current dollars will oil have to go to so as to make North American tar sands a viable alternative and have longer reserves than the Middle East?"

The audience roars with laughter.

It is true, the easy to get to stuff is getting a bit more expensive... and when it hits the break-even point of the harder to get to stuff, well, those tar sands are looking mighty nice...

Canada the new Saudi Arabia by 2020?

Personally, I would prefer a lunar robotic scoop and shoot operation, an orbital factory and living quarters. First thing to make, a second factory. Second, a large solar power satellite. Third, another factory. Fourth, more living quarters. Fifth through tenth more solar power satellites and let factories two and three take over making factories and living quarters.

When the price to orbit gets to $100/lb, the cost of electricity will drop to less then a penny a kWh. Just can't do it with NASA in the way... and why is China so interested in heavy lift vehicles? It is almost as if they have a plan or something... and lots of land for receiving stations... maybe looking at superconductive materials for transmission lines... couldn't be! Why would China want to be the world's largest supplier of cheap electricity?

Thu Feb 09, 05:50:00 PM PST  
Blogger All Fed Up said...

I disagreed with bush when he said "we have an oil addiction" too. If you gave the people an alternate cheaper fuel the response would be overwhelming. If our major auto companies pushed to change vehicles to alternative fuel and put them on the market for less than gas vehicles, don't you think amercians would jump at it. We are not talking heroin addicts that won't substitute a tofu burger for a stick in the arm. It is about MONEY! But as of now, if you want to save the environment and do your part by driving an alternative fuel vehicle. You'll save in fuel economy but be prepared to pay upfront. Thank you auto makers for that one.

Fri Feb 10, 09:01:00 AM PST  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

: a clue for George: he outspent everyone to push the Democrats and still lost the presidency. Money factors big, but as proven, it isn't always everything.

I think it was Byron York's book, where he mentions Soros could have spent much, much more than he did. But he assumed he gave enough to defeat a president.

I've thought about picking up the book Freakonomics. I believe there is a section where they explain why money doesn't win elections. Sounds incredible, so it has me curious.

Fri Feb 10, 08:26:00 PM PST  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Missed you this week.

Sat Feb 11, 10:46:00 AM PST  
Blogger Revka said...

I have been checking every day.. Looking forward to you coming back. Chatter and I are your groupies.. ha!

Just a hat tip: You must read:

You tell me if we aren't on to something about Iran and the 'other nations' WHO are the other nations involved here????

Sat Feb 11, 05:20:00 PM PST  

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