30 November 2011

It's easy to find the needle after the wind has blown away the hay

I dislike defending a President I despise, but I find this kind of thing ridiculous —

Declassified Memo Hinted of 1941 Hawaii Attack. “Three days before the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt was warned in a memo from naval intelligence that Tokyo’s military and spy network was focused on Hawaii, a new and eerie reminder of FDR’s failure to act on a basket load of tips that war was near.”

Yes, I’m sure there was such a memo. But what’s left out is that FDR was getting hundreds (if not thousands) of memos like that every day. It’s so easy, now, after the fact to go back and find the single memo in that massive pile that was important. It’s just a bit harder to do so in real time beforehand.

If you want to impugn FDR’s general handling of the looming war with Japan, that’s fine. FDR had, after all, been acting very aggressively with Japan for a number of years (a foreign policy I agree with, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t have readily foreseen consequences like a military response). But to expect him (or anyone) to have magically picked out the one memo is just silly.

26 November 2011

Reading the wrong message

The family has become big fans of Stargate SG-1 and although I find I can barely stand to watch any sort of TV these days, I do catch parts of the occasional episode. One episode in particular, Revisions, involves a computer system on another planet that runs a village inside a force field to protect it from the otherwise poisonous atmosphere. When its power supply starts failing, it shrinks the force field and sends some of the villagers outside so that the remaining ones can fit in the reduced area, and then rewrites memories so the villagers don’t realize what’s going on.

All I could think of, watching this, was how much I wanted to hire the team that wrote it. But the episode completely ignore them. Ah, such is the fate of poor code slingers like me.

24 November 2011

The road ahead

Nobody doubts why the poor vote for Democrats. They are voting for their benefits. They know that the Democratic Party is the party of the little guy and the traditionally marginalized.

Maybe the rich are just like the poor, and vote their pocket-books too. If you figure that your average Millionaire Next Door owning a couple of small businesses votes for the Republicans, then that leaves the crony capitalists, the green energy promoters, the high-level government administrators, the academic grant recipients, and the trustafarians all voting for the Democrats and bigger government. Otherwise you wouldn’t get to 52 percent voting for Obama.

That makes the Democratic Party the party of the poor and the crony capitalist rich. What does that make the Republican Party? It is at least the party of the middle class. We know that because John McCain won the middle class vote in the middle of an economic meltdown. The middle class stands for limited government and low tax rates, in part on the principle that it cramps the style of class warriors and crony capitalists. That’s because the middle class is nothing if it does not aspire to a better life for itself and its children.

Christopher Cantrill

What high taxes and over regulation does is hollow out the middle class, leaving only the already very rich (who become part of the Aristocracy of Pull), their clients (who live off the largesse of the rulers), and peons, who do what they’re told and expected to produce the wealth for everyone else. As far as I can tell, this is the desired end state for the MAL who think they’ll all be in the ruling class while those bitter clingers end up on the work farms.

This is what President Obama meant when he said he was going to fundamentally transform America.