ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Patton and Victory

An email from a good personal friend to this YouTube video of a reincarnated Patton talking about Iraq and the War on Terror was great. It prompted me to pull up the original clip of George C. Scott as Patton and I thought it'd be appropriate to post here, given the modern desire to completely dismantle any shred of strength that our nation has today - purely for (domestic) political purposes.

While it's not specific to Iraq or the War On Terror, it does shed some light on how far we've slid from our can-do attitude of World War II. Has anyone ever heard Colin Powell (last seen protecting his underling's leaking of a "covert" CIA agent and undermining the President's foreign policy) speak in such terms?

Where are the Pattons of today? I'd have to say that the closest thing is Petraeus, but even he is no measure of Patton's abilities. Schwarzkopf was close, but he was somewhat of an idiot from a tactics & strategy standpoint. He's tough, but didn't have a lot of imagination.

No, today even Generals talk in the hushed tones and would seem better suited to be wearing a cashmere sweater when speaking to the troops in order to get their compassionate message across. They're simply reflecting the society in which they are operating, so it's ultimately our fault. If we were more confident and resolute in our desire for victory, and understood that greasing the treads of your tank with the guts of your enemies was something that was necessary to win, then they would be willing to convey that message.

Instead, Generals are called before the Ann Curry's of the world to discuss how things are going, when we might be able to stop killing the enemy, etc.

How far we've come... How foreign Patton's words seem today. (His actual speech can be found here)

Have we become that soft?

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

MSM is Racist

I saw this article and could only think that people who think the upcoming Caveman series is racist are racist themselves:

Producers: `Cavemen' Not Racial Metaphor
Jul 26, 8:19 AM (ET)


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - The producers of ABC's new "Cavemen" said Wednesday the comedy is much more than the insurance company commercials that inspired it, but isn't designed to be an ambitious allegory about race.

Geico's TV spots show highly evolved but shaggy-looking cavemen chafing at misconceptions about their sophistication and intelligence. The series, debuting Oct. 2, follows another trio of Cro-Magnons facing prejudice as they try to fit in contemporary society.

"If the show works, it will work because people care about these three guys under a lot of makeup and ... can relate to their problems and find them charming," producer Mike Schiff told the Television Critics Association's summer meeting.

The pilot is being re-shot, ABC said. The network and producers said they decided it jumped ahead too far in the characters' lives and failed to establish them properly.

Schiff and fellow producers responded to reporters' questions about the series, many of them focusing on parallels between the cavemen and black stereotypes and the pitfalls of turning an ad into a series.

The producers said the characters' creative potential and their "fish-out-of-water experience" was only touched on in the commercial spots. ABC obtained rights to the characters from Geico, which is not involved in the show.

It's unusual for characters from an advertising campaign to move into shows of their own, but not unprecedented. The CBS comedy "Baby Bob" featured a talking baby that had been used in several ads.

"We knew we'd be under a lot of scrutiny" adapting the Geico concept to a series, producer Will Speck said. "But I think it just makes our job a little harder."

There was no intention to have the Cro-Magnons represent any minority group, said his colleague, Josh Gordon.

"We're aware that the pilot (episode) seems to lean a little bit more in that direction. But in the episodes that we're coming up with now, we never saw them as, again, a stand-in for one group," Gordon said.

"I think it's really a show about acclimation more than anything, and that's something that everybody deals with, doesn't matter whether you are a minority or not," producer Joe Lawson said.

Lawson wrote the Geico commercials, which were directed by Gordon and Speck. The three co-developed the series starring Bill English, Nick Kroll and Sam Huntington.

Two of actors featured in the ads were unavailable for the series, the producers said, but another, Jeff Phillips, will be joining it.

One reporter asked why the cavemen don't ease their way by getting a shave and a haircut.

"There's a name for those kind of people, and they're called 'shavers,' and the cavemen community looks down on them," Gordon said.

I'm sorry, but the fact that the reporters who see any portrayal of cavemen automatically correlate the primitive nature to African-Americans is purely racist.

And, the entire phenomenon of the caveman commercials was their subtle hipness despite the fact that they're cavemen. From the roast duck with the mango salsa to the use of Royksopp to the therapist sessions where he puts his mother on the speakerphone.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Law of Supply & Demand

To further prove the point that MontereyJohn made yesterday that switching to Ethanol isn't a quick fix to our energy prices (and dependence on foreign oil), the St Louis Post-Dispatch Piece of Trash has this article in today's paper:

Emerging global milk market drives up ice cream prices
By Repps Hudson
Thursday, Jul. 26 2007

In the last month, Beckie Jacobs has had to do what no owner of an ice cream store likes: She hiked the price of her specialty ice cream cones 10 cents.

For kids who are among her faithful customers, that dime increase in a tasty, cold treat could mean the difference between licking a favorite flavor and skipping it.

"I just bought a gallon of milk for $4," said Jacobs, owner of Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream in Webster Groves. "That's ridiculous."

Hang on.

Lori Willis, spokeswoman for Schnuck Markets Inc., said the price of a gallon of whole milk will jump another 10 cents Wednesday.

And Scott Brown, a dairy expert at the University of Missouri's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute in Columbia, predicts that milk prices nationally soon will top the record of $3.57 a gallon set in June 2004. That was the year that dairymen slowed their rate of growth of production, following two hard years of lower prices.

Nationally, whole milk prices averaged $3.43 per gallon in June, up 14 percent from a year ago.

It isn't just milk. Food prices are going up all over, driven in part by higher fuel costs and competing demands for grain that can be used for fuel or food for livestock.

Now, for some reason, the P-D does not resort to calling for government action to maintain the price of milk and other food products. Nor do they call for Universal Coverage of purchases of food - which, I should remind everyone, is an absolute requirement for any citizen to exercise their inalienable right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

However, the Post-Dispatch's headline does seem to indict the Market for the increased prices when, perhaps more accurately, one can say that the government's actions over the past year have been a driving force in these changes. Specifically, it's the governments actions / stated intent, and inactions which have resulted in the increased pricing, such as:
  1. the Feds having a renewed interest in using food crops to fuel our economy; and
  2. the Feds lack of interest in allowing for renewed exploration for domestic energy sources, their unwillingness to allow for renewed investment in our refining capacity, and their unwillingness to authorize creation of any new nuclear plants to power the infrastructure.

While they didn't make these points, I guess I should be happy that they at least did not lay the blame on the cold hand of capitalism.

When someone takes a step in the right direction, you have to congratulate them and hope they continue on the path.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

On the Obama Pull-out

Jonah has an excellent article on the Dems aggressive pursuit of genocide in Iraq. Here's a key snippet:

Ultimately, it’s unknowable what would — or will — happen if the U.S. “redeploys” until it happens. But what I find fascinating is the growing consensus around the Obama withdrawal-is-justifiable position. (If you think this unfair to Obama, feel free to call it the Hillary Doctrine or the Edwards Corollary or the Richardson Rule.)

Liberals used to be the ones who argued that sending U.S. troops abroad was a small price to pay to stop genocide; now they argue that genocide is a small price to pay to bring U.S. troops home.

Read the whole thing...

Jonah goes on to wonder about the liberal hypocrisy on the foreign policy front. Of course, the sole reason for their turn-around is their hatred over Bush.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Dorothea Lange, The Depression and the Beginnings of the Academia/MSM/Democrat Alliance

Saturday I went to a presentation in Monterey of the work of photographer Dorothea Lange. For those who do not know, Lange was best known for her documentation of the plight of the poor of The Depression, famously the Migrant Mother. Most of this work was done on behalf of and paid for by the Roosevelt administration in support of recovery efforts. Her work was absolutely fantastic, beautiful. The presentation was given by Dan, her son. I immediately liked Dan. He presented his mother's work from a son's point of view, as he said, "unsullied by scholarship." It was touching and eloquent.

Lange spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay area, living in the Berkeley hills. Her second husband was a professor of labor economics at UC-Berkeley. She was a friend of Ansel Adams.

So what does all this have to do with the alliance of Academia, the mainstream media and the Democrats?

I got curious about Lange and started doing some Googling when I got home.

Lange said of the famous image "Migrant Mother" that she found this poor lady sitting next to a highway. Lange said that the woman told her that the family had been eating frozen peas out of a field the night before. She also allegedly said that they had been selling parts off their broken down car for money for food.

It was a sad story of a poor migrant family. The only problem was that hardly a word of it was true. Further digging turned up an article written by the migrant mother's son.

He well recalled the day this picture was taken. It was true that they were migrants. It was not true that they were eating frozen peas out of a field. It was not true they were selling parts off their car for food. In fact, they had put a hole in their radiator when fixing a timingbelt, and the father had gone into a nearby town to get it fixed so that they could be on their way. Lange had pulled up in a "shiny new car," got in the mother's face, shot a few pictures and then sped away. No conversation as related by Lange took place. The family went on to survive The Depression just fine and thrived for the remainder of their lives.

Never mind the facts. There was a message to be gotten out by the Left. And the government, the press and academia all co-operated in doing just that.

The word "propaganda" comes to mind. The Depression was bad enough, but this sort of Big Lie is frightening. It is hard to see the difference in technique and purpose between this and the "Horst Wessel Leid," a tearjerking tune about a mythical fallen SS soldier. (I hate to even raise a Nazi comparison, but in this case it is too close to ignore.) That it was promoted by the government, academia and "respectable" media is deplorable.

Lange was not alone in this effort, far from it, but she was a stunning example.

President Clinton had this image placed on a postage stamp, all this well after the facts behind it were known. The mythology of the Migrant Mother lives on to this day despite the fact that it is patently false.

Now why do you suppose that is?

In The Depression years this alliance was forged. It lives on to this day. Its techniques have changed rather little.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Global Warming a la Elizabeth Edwards... sigh

And from Ben Smith's blog at Politico we are treated to the following:

"The politics of global warming got very concrete, and oddly difficult, in a meeting with local environmentalists in the coastal town of McClellanville today, where Elizabeth Edwards raised in passing the importance of relying on locally-grown fruit.

"We've been moving back to 'buy local,'" Mrs. Edwards said, outlining a trade policy that "acknowledges the carbon footprint" of transporting fruit.

"I live in North Carolina. I'll probably never eat a tangerine again," she said, speaking of a time when the fruit is reaches the price that it "needs" to be.

Edwards had talked about "sacrifice," at the meeting, but Elizabeth's suggestion illustrated just how difficult it is to sell the specifics of sacrifice.

Asked about her comment immediately after the event, John Edwards avoided the question twice, then said he isn't sure.

"Would I add to the price of food?" he asked. "I'd have to think about that."

UPDATE: Just to be clear, he's not talking about a food tax. The basic point is that any plan that imposes new costs on carbon emissions is going to make anything that's transported long distances with fossil fuels cost more. It is, in a way, a moment of clarity in this debate."

Does the public begin to see where this is heading? I sure hope so. Things are about to get really expensive around these parts.

Speaking of expensive, with so much of the corn crop now committed to producing ethanol, we are now seeing the ripple effect of that bit of lunacy. Can you say $4/gallon milk? Yep, cows eat corn, imagine that. So Elsie is now competing with Exxon for corn. Wonder who will win that bidding war.

On the subject of ethanol, we are now replacing CO2 with water vapor due to burning ethanol. From what I understand, water vapor makes a primo greenhouse gas. Has anyone thought this through? Sorry, silly question.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Rosie By Any Other Name... (Part 3)

...still a @%#ing nutjob. (Part 2, 1, and other Rosie posts are available here)

I've returned from the Redneck Riviera, have started the new job, and should be back to blogging form. The "presidential" debates haven't interested me much, but this post by Rosie is just grand, since it not only shows how paranoid she is but also demonstrates her inability to comprehend the words that she is reading:

From the R blog, with the ominous title "Scary Plus":

scary plus
Posted by ro on July 24th at 4:36pm in in the news

July 19, 2007
Bush Outlaws All War Protest In United States

In one of his most chilling moves to date against his own citizens, the American War Leader has issued a sweeping order this week outlawing all forms of protest against the Iraq war.

President Bush enacted into US law an ‘Executive Order’ on July 17th titled “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq”, and which says:

”By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as amended (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)(IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)(NEA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, 

I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, find that, due to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by acts of violence threatening the peace and stability of Iraq and undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq and to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people, it is in the interests of the United States to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 of May 22, 2003, and expanded in Executive Order 13315 of August 28, 2003, and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13350 of July 29, 2004, and Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004.”

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Now, you won't be surprised, but Rosie clearly hasn't read the executive order at all. It goes on to state the following:

property and interests in property of the following persons, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense,

(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of:

(A) threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq; or

(B) undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people;

(ii) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, logistical, or technical support for, or goods or services in support of, such an act or acts of violence or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(iii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section include, but are not limited to, (i) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order, and (ii) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Sec. 2. (a) Any transaction by a United States person or within the United States that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

Now, this executive order is clearly intended to freeze and block any assets that might be coming from the US (or be within the US) that might be used by our enemies in Iraq and the broader war on terror. This has nothing to do with free speech at all, but material assistance to our sworn enemies.

That Rosie thinks this executive order is targeting her (and her moonbat idiots who think that the most sophisticated political speech in the 21st century is "HALLIBURTON!!!!!!") demonstrates that they either:

  1. are too dumb to understand the English language;

  2. are blinded by Bush Derangement Syndrome and think that any pronouncement by W. is clearly a Christo-fascistic assault on our liberal society; or

  3. rightly recognize that their protests against the US War On Terror and our presence in Iraq are providing substantial aid & comfort to our sworn enemies.

I'm just glad that they're willing to admit that their protests against Bush are helping the enemy.

Don't say I questioned their patriotism - Rosie did.

*** UPDATE ***
Meanwhile, Cox & Forkum has this excellent post about an actual tyrant that is quashing dissent in his country:

From FOX News: Chavez to Kick Out Foreigners Critical of Him.
President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that foreigners who publicly criticize him or his government while visiting Venezuela will be expelled from the country.

Chavez ordered officials to closely monitor statements made by international figures during their visits to Venezuela — and deport any outspoken critics.

"How long are we going to allow a person — from any country in the world — to come to our own house to say there's a dictatorship here, that the president is a tyrant, and nobody does anything about it?" Chavez asked during his weekly television and radio program.

The Venezuelan leader's statements came after Manuel Espino, the president of Mexico's conservative ruling party, criticized Chavez during a recent pro-democracy forum in Caracas.

Government opponents argue Chavez — a close ally of Cuban leader Fidel Castro — is becoming increasingly authoritarian and cracking down on dissent as he steers oil-rich Venezuela toward what he calls "21st-century socialism."

Chavez rejects such allegations, countering that democratic freedoms have been extended since he was first elected in 1998. The former paratroop commander says his government has empowered the poor by giving them increased decision-making authority in politics.

During Sunday's six-hour program, Chavez assured private property owners their rights will be guaranteed under a pending constitutional reform.

"Private property will respected," he said.
Yeah, right. Just like he respected the rights of these property owners.

Posted by Forkum at July 24, 2007 04:02 PM

Of course, Chavez is a darling of the Leftists here in the US, including Rosie.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler