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Bloviating Zeppelin: A Few Points

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.

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Few Points

This is our final day on the coast; we'll be leaving this ocean town Friday morning and driving back up to my cabin in the Sierra Nevadas. Unfortunately, but expectedly, I've contracted my wife's blooming illness and have a sore throat of biblical proportions, sore joints, aches, feeling like I've been hit by a runaway Peterbilt. Yesterday was gorgeous; beautiful blue skies for a time. Today the wind is up, the seas are very rough, and we both were in no condition to board a whalewatching boat -- much to our very great disappointment.

I'll still see if I can enter a few photos from the trip on this particular post (nope, won't let me).

In the meantime, some points I've noticed over the past day . . .

1. McCain's Alleged Indiscretion With Lobbyist
This story first surfaced in 2000. The New York Times just re-released the story Thursday, which indicated:

Mr. McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity.

Mr. McCain said that the relationship was not romantic and that he never showed favoritism to Ms. Iseman or her clients. “I have never betrayed the public trust by doing anything like that,” he said. He made the statements in a call to Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times, to complain about the paper’s inquiries.

If this was an issue way back in 2000, there is only one reason to bring it to the surface this week: an attempt to sabotage McCain due to his recent strength in the polls.

Even the massively Left-leaning The New Republic thinks the NYT story is shabby:

The story is filled with awkward journalistic moves--the piece contains a collection of
decade-old stories about McCain and Iseman appearing at functions together and concerns voiced by McCain's aides that the Senator shouldn't be seen in public with Iseman--and departs from the Times' usual authoritative voice.

I find this reprehensible. If you wish to disagree with McCain, do so by the obvious methods: attack him on his politics, on the facts. Disagreeing with McCain, pointing out his flaws is akin to shooting fish in a barrel -- yes, that easy. That he had an alleged "affair" according to unnamed sources is puerile and transparent.

2. Bush: More Money To Mexico via the Merida Initiative
Perhaps too little too late (after all, I've been out of the info and political pipeline for over a week), I heard on TV recently that President Bush is sending $500,000 to Mexico -- which, it turns out, is actually $1.4 billion -- in the HOPES that it will be used in the "fight against drug cartels."

Once again (this is such a bleating complaint -- when will it end?), President Bush: what in the hell are you thinking? Mexico's government is just about as stable and trustworthy as that of present-day Cuba, even with Fidel gone.

Then, to make matters even more insane, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in re the funding:

MEXICO CITY: President Felipe Calderon on Wednesday accused U.S. presidential candidates of "swaggering, macho and anti-Mexican" posturing and warned the U.S. Congress not to impose conditions on a $1.4 billion anti-drug aid package.

"The only theme in the (U.S.) electoral campaign is to compete to see who can be the most swaggering, macho and anti-Mexican," Calderon told a local radio station, Enfoque. He did not name any particular candidate or party.

But wait; his comments portray the height of arrogance:

Calderon also appeared to reject any added conditions on a proposed $1.4 billion U.S. anti-drug aid package that had been negotiated with American officials, saying, "I cannot accept any submission or subordination."

The penultimate arrogance:
I need that technology," Calderon said. "Give it to me. And give it to me without conditions."

I cannot find any reaction to those sentences that wouldn't include every F-and-S word extant.

I have an idea: why don't we just cut to the proverbial chase?

Calderon wants to run our country. Mexico's plans are to simply override American demographics -- after all, "demography is prophecy" -- and flood this country with illegal Mexican invaders. Most average Mexican citizens simply believe that it's nothing more than the re-taking of what the United States took from them, and that they have every right (and not just a right, an obligation) to Reconquista. Let's just cave in totally, step away from all our political offices and buildings and let Mexicans and Mexico do what they will with the nation.

I don't believe most would label me an inherent "Bush-Basher" but, by logical extension, how is it that I may support the president when he continues to literally give away my tax dollars and my country?



Blogger Three Score and Ten or more said...

Re: the McCain thing, I was surprised that even CNN attacked the Times article in this mornings news. Will wonders never cease?

Re the stuff on Mexico, I am not up to date, and you have condemned me to a bunch of research while I have family visiting from far away.

Oh Well.

Thu Feb 21, 10:51:00 PM PST  
Blogger Three Score and Ten or more said...

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Thu Feb 21, 10:52:00 PM PST  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

This is one of the worst cold strains to hit this year... I have been living hermit-like, or, in other words, normally, so am doing my best to avoid humanity. My lady is coming back from surgery, so that may be a moot point...

On McCain - there are many other things that he has done in regards to cable competition, the FCC and cell phones and other areas that point out to his nebulous concept of federalism. A maybe, kinda, sorta, half-way glance at a female lobbyist back in 1999? Huh?

Mind you the irony, today, is that Sen. McCain may not take *public financing* as it is too restrictive. Yes, the very system he has been pushing! He has a 'constitutional right to finance his campaign outside of the limits' which is the exact, same thing he has been decrying. Yes, after a decade of 'reform' and high-mindedness, he can't live with the system he made and now agrees with his *critics*. As 18-20 years is his timeframe for 'getting an issue', one does wonder how much he 'gets' amnesty.

On Mexico, after looking at NAFTA and its effects there, now slowly dragging northern Mexico into a state of counter-insurgency against organized crime, they have a situation worse than Iraq. That is because farmers in Mexico could not compete against US agribusiness and then, once the cheap food started to go because of 'biofuels', the folks without land and without the ability to grow food turned to the one group that is *always* ready to hire: organized crime. Giving Mexico money for COIN is not much of a help as their infrastructure for self-support is killed by NAFTA. Subsistance agriculture gave some limited income for spending on other things and a traditional slow ladder out for those who wanted it. The ladder is gone, the cheap food is going and organized crime is flourishing. Another year of this and we will be dealing with a COIN situation on *our* side of the border driven by Mexican organized crime gangs... not by folks wanting cheap jobs. And that existing community of illegals will give a ready haven to those with money and aiming to get more via crime.

Mexico is slowly rising in my category of 'failing states' heading towards failed. And 'free trade' is not helping this and is, indeed, the *cause of it*. Just don't ask Sen. McCain to address this... I am sure all those nice illegals will really turn over organized crime members to the proper authorities, if they haven't been threatened and brutalized not to. Which is what organized crime does well, no?

Thank you to both Parties for this situation. And finding no one able to define it and solve it. We really do need an expanded armed forces, not for overseas, but soon, very soon, for the US. Or else America's other Army will need to show up, and if *it does* that isn't warfare you will see... nor will much of the current government be left if it must go to work defending the Nation.

Fri Feb 22, 07:40:00 AM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

We are also giving Mexico money to protect their southern border, BZ. How's that for ironic?

Regarding the McCain story, as someone said on Hannity & Colmes, it's reached the low level of the National Enquirer with this phony story. I thought they had been at that level for quite some time!

Have a safe trip home. :)

Fri Feb 22, 07:49:00 AM PST  
Blogger Just John said...

We don't need to give a single penny to Mexico. The illegal invaders in our country are already boosting the Mexican economy by sending countless millions of ill-gotten dollars back home.

Fri Feb 22, 07:14:00 PM PST  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

You have to add, the money to Mexico, to the mounting costs involved in handling the 12 million illegals. All the health care, education, enforcement issues, rapes and murders. It then becomes a massive cost to the taxpayer.

Sat Feb 23, 07:15:00 AM PST  
Blogger Ranando said...

Here’s a theory….

New York Times endorses John McCain, conservatives do not. Run negative story about McCain and get the conservatives to come together and rally around McCain.

It works; the day after the story runs is one of McCain biggest contribution days to date.

Poor John McCain has been treated unfairly by the Liberal News and brings many conservatives to his side.

Genus, pure Genus.

Sat Feb 23, 03:40:00 PM PST  
Blogger shoprat said...

It's easy to do, criticize the even dumber donks with as much passion as you criticize Bush's missteps. And make sure everyone knows that you think they are just as bad or even worse.

Sat Feb 23, 04:00:00 PM PST  

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