sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Will the Chinese Trump the US Intel Initiative?

Facebook is saving the USGOV a lot of money, and that's a good thing. The news that Congress has voted to continue funding it is perhaps the only thing that Congress can put in their "plus" column in otherwise dismal performance. The "Twitter Initiative" is an example of a failure and one can't help but wonder whether or not it will continue to exist.
"400 billion tweets and not one bit of useful information."
However the danger of the new Chinese network WANBEE can't be overstated. (link here) and then check out what Facebook users are saying about it here: 

Will the Worker's Paradise be able to lure people worldwide away from the American program after so much effort has been put into it?

The Chinese do have one ringing endorsement:

The Chinese don't seem to be as subtle as the Americans.  Submit your secret here and only time will tell whether or not they manage to pull ahead in the world of spy vs spy.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

In Gov We Trust

The State of the Union Address would have been boring to watch if it hadn't been so infuriatingly empty of meaning and divisive; while all the time attempting to sound profound to people with limited insight and education.

The President said that he'd try an accelerate his agenda (in the next four years, if elected). What is that agenda, how does it play out, and who will pay for it?

Are you better off now than you were four years ago? If you are, you're likely the recipient of some form of government largess. That's not what built the country. However with 50% of the nation not paying any income taxes, the strident cry to tax those who do pay - at a higher rate, rings true to many Americans who want to keep their protected status. 

Obama is an unabashed socialist who feels that all justice is reposed in the government. He's a product of the corrupt Chicago political machine where every spare dime ends up in a political pocket. And he wants four more (dismal) years in office for he and his cronies.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

American Politics

Newt or Mitt? That's what it's come down to. Who do you want to replace Barack Obama as President of the United States and Leader of the Free world?

Or would you prefer to sit on the sidelines and allow the Prince of Fools another four years in the White House?

That's the choice. 

The simple fact that Americans voted for Obama in the first place brings their national character into doubt because the guy wasn't qualified, he had a questionable past that is still nowhere near transparent and he drug a hodgepodge of disaffected Black Panthers, socialist reformers, political hacks (that could double as circus freaks) and (near) criminal hucksters from the Chicago political machine, into the White House with him.

Newt has even more baggage than Mitt, but both are RINOs. Is it better to have a RINO or to have Obama in the White House?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

How do you deal with addiction?

Addicts can't stop on their own. That's the definition of addiction. It's not manageable in any real sense of the word. It applies to people (and institutions) who have lost the ability to put the brakes on the use of illegal narcotics, drugs, food, gambling, sex -- and to the government's inability to stop borrowing and spending.

There's something intoxicating about somebody else's money. Ask any thief. There's something intoxicating about a fire. Ask any arsonist. It's a sickness and an addiction.
At the end of 2011, America, like much of the rest of the Western world, has dug deeper into a cocoon of denial. Tens of millions of Americans remain unaware that this nation is broke — broker than any nation has ever been. A few days before Christmas, we sailed across the psychological Rubicon and joined the club of nations whose government debt now exceeds their total GDP. It barely raised a murmur — and those who took the trouble to address the issue noted complacently that our 100 percent debt-to-GDP ratio is a mere two-thirds of Greece’s. That’s true, but at a certain point per capita comparisons are less relevant than the sheer hard dollar sums: Greece owes a few rinky-dink billions; America owes more money than anyone has ever owed anybody ever.
50% of this country works hard and produces. The other 50% are what Ayn Rand called "looters"-- these are people who basically believe the idea that their “economic self-interest” means voting yourself a share of your neighbor’s earnings. The easiest way to reference this is the "Occupy Wall Street" mentality.

Not only does the left "aim low", their fundamental economic assumption is that the only way to get wealth is to steal it from someone else because they cannot imagine how to create it. The looter simply cannot imagine running out of other peoples' money. For them, "hope and change" means finding newer, more improved ways of stealing it.

So, how do you deal with addiction?

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Years Eve Reprise

The Holidays have passed, but this is your retrospective: