Chaos Manor View, Sunday, September 11, 2016
Nine Eleven: 15 years
Liberalism is a philosophy of consolation for the West as it commits suicide.
If a foreign government had imposed this system of education on the United States, we would rightfully consider it an act of war.
Glenn T. Seaborg, National Commission on Education, 1983
Deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
I watched the 15th Anniversary of the attack on the United States with some misgivings. I recall when it first happened, no one thought that we’d go so far as to create new bureaucracies, spend hundreds of billions of dollars, get into land wars in Asia, quadruple the national debt, while failing to rebuild the twin towers taller and stronger and better; but we have managed to do so, and more. If the purpose was to bring financial and bureaucratic disaster to the United States while creating chaos in the Near, Middle and Far East, bin Laden more than accomplished his goal. Among other achievements, he caused the creation of TSA; and the TSA with its security theater drama is a permanent fixture; thanks to bin Laden. That bureau alone costs $7 billion a year.
It’s easy to loathe the TSA. They slow down our travel. They cost us money. They scan past the privacy of our clothing. And their screeners tend to have the same perpetually aggravated disposition of the average DMV employee. (Not to mention, their very presence seems to overshadow the multitude of other, simpler destructive options for your average terrorist.)
Any loathing you may have will only be fueled when you look through this infographic. The numbers are infuriating if you trust them all. 70% of weapons make it past TSA screeners? It costs us $6 million to find each gun? We spend more than double on the TSA than we do clean energy?
And don’t even look at the salaries they’re making.
We can honor the victims of the attack. I’m not so sure about the remedies. The current administration created ISIS, but has no intention of doing much about it other than to feed special forces into an effort to nip at the Caliphate’s edges as it continues to grow. One division and the Warthogs could have eliminated the Caliphate as it was born, with no more than a few hundred casualties. Now it will take an entire Corps consisting of Infantry, Heavy Armor, all the A-10’s with heavy logistic support, and a Wing at least of air superiority forces to protect the Warthogs. That’s what I reckon it needs for next Spring, which is about the earliest we are able to strike. I say nothing about the requirements two years from now.
The only way to defeat ISIS is to deprive it of its status as a state. To be a state, it must govern a territory, where it imposes what it believes is the law ordered by Allah in the Koran. If it does not govern, it is not a state, just another terrorist organization.
As to why it requires so much to defeat ISIS: non-symmetrical warfare requires overwhelming force at the point of application; anything less than that plays into their hands. So long as they are not losing much territory, they are winning. Feeding troops into a meat grinder that goes on for years is their strategy: they can keep it up. We should not; and in fact we can’t. We haven’t enough long term determination.
The television is filled with memories of the 9/11 attack; it is well to remember, for it cost far more than the thousands immediately killed. We continue to pay, doing to ourselves in the name of security far more harm, at far greater costs, than the terrorists can afflict on us. It is clear that the current ruling class cannot end this. We have the means, as we had the means to rescue our people at Benghazi; but we have not the will to defeat our enemies, just as we had not the will to rescue our ambassador.
The chaos continues. Friday night we went twice to the Emergency Room at Kaiser. The first time, Roberta had an allergy reaction to the antibiotic pills she was taking for a chronic internal infection. It was just dusk, she drove, we were given prompt attention, and it was decided to change from her pills to infusions, the first to be administered there (in the hall; their rooms were filling up). The needle was left in her hand, and a nurse would come to the house the next day to show how we could do it for the next week. All seemed well, but on reaching the house – Roberta driving as I do not see well at night – we discovered that the tubes attached to her were leaking blood. Not a lot, but quite steadily.
We also discovered that our land line wasn’t working – again no dial tone. I immediately wrapped her hand and arm in a towel and drove back to the Emergency Room. The first time when we arrived at the Emergency Room at about 9 PM (on Friday night), it was nearly empty, and while I noticed that the waiting room (very large) had more people in it when we left at about midnight, I paid little attention. The second trip, the way to Kaiser was crowded, far more traffic at 1 AM than there had been at midnight when we went home. Many pedestrians wandering about. Traffic at a halt. I drove around the point of maximum congestion by going down a center turn lane. I took it slow, everyone was polite and cooperative, and in a few minutes I was back to normal traffic for 0130, which is almost none. That must have been one big party!
The Emergency Room waiting room was filled to overflowing. Most of the people there looked unwell, but few seemed to have any visible emergency, and some, couples with children in tow, didn’t seem sick at all. It took a while to get my bleeding wife past the line that had formed in front of the reception desk, but again everyone was polite and cooperative, so we bypassed several of them, most of whom seemed mostly to need forms to fill out, and had no Kaiser card which would have obviated the forms. The receptionist had a Registered nurse badge; she registered our Kaiser card, but dealt with the bleeding herself by eliminating one of the tubes that had been attached, leaving Roberta’s needle in place but no longer leaking.
We were sent to wait for our name to be called. It was pretty clear to me that this would be a while, since we no longer had any critical need. I went to the receptionist and suggested we just go home, since a nurse was coming to the house Saturday anyway. The receptionist was very careful not to advise us to leave, but emphasized that we certainly could if we wanted to since there was no longer any critical need. She also suggested rehydration. She didn’t mention that it would be a while, but from the crowded waiting room it was fairly obvious.
So we went home and to bed. Saturday morning our son Alex went out to the Kaiser infusion pharmacy and picked up a huge bag of infusions and piping and various wrapped sterile disposable instruments. I figured out what was wrong with the phone – our fault this time, no internal wiring or AT&T problem. Josephine, a registered nurse came a bit early, Roberta got her infusion. She has had no allergy symptoms. The home RN came again this afternoon and all is well. Chaos Manor has returned to mild chaos.
I did get my brass cannon, which is what the National Space Society gives as its Heinlein Award. I know why, since Mr. Heinlein told me the Brass Cannon Story in his house while he was at 1776 Mesa in the Broadmoor district of Colorado Springs. But that’s for another time.
For what it’s worth, Snopes on “Hillary’s diazepam pen”
Wouldn’t know about that and don’t much care for breaking news. We do know that her coughing fit was probably caused by walking pneumonia. She’s pretty tough but that shouldn’t be neglected are her age. A few days rest and some antibiotics ought to take care of it, though. We can all wish her well.
HRC, if pneumonia why is NEUROLOGICAL Dr. Oladotun Okunola (Parkinson’s guy) always by u side? Admit u REAL illness!
This is the first time I’ve seen a name for this person, who was the person allegedly photographed having a diazepam (valium) pen available to inject Hillary.
Again, I have no notion, but the Constitution does not specify health impediments to being President. That’s a task for the voters, or the Electors.
Al Qaeda, Race, and US Schooling
Well, I find this interesting. The latest Al Qaeda communiqué sounds
more like something that would come out of one of these nutter colleges we’ve been reading about that have discriminatory housing, classes on how “evil” “white people” are, and so on.
The video also includes an appeal to African American non-Muslims, inviting them to convert to Islam to seek salvation with footage from a sermon from late African-American leader Malcolm X.
Addressing recent racial tensions involving black Americans, Zawahiri urges them to levy blame for their struggle on the U.S., telling them “the law is in the hands of the white majority, [who] control it as they wish,” according to a video translation issued by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
“We inform every weakened [person] in the world: America is the source of calamity and the head of evil in this world, and it is the thief of nations’ ailment, and it is the one who humiliate the Africans [i.e.
African Americans] until this day, and no matter how much they try to reform and obtain their rights according to the law and the [U.S.] constitution, they will not attain it, for the law is in the hands of the white majority, [who] control it as they wish. And they [i.e.
African Americans] will not be saved but by Islam,” Zawahiri says.
Just to grind the nonsense of the Al Qaeda terrorist, and the leftist
universities who parrot this kind of crap, into the dust: Thomas
Sowell — an academician of the black persuasion — remarked, with data to back up his claims, the American, “liberal” welfare state did more harm to American citizens of the black persuasion over a thirty year period than slavery did. He compared African American households without a father after slavery ended to the statistics after 30 years of leftist welfare and “Great Society” policies. You’ve mentioned this before and you’re in good academic company.
He also focuses on schooling and even that was better before the left touched it — as you’ve said. You’re an impressive man. You often open my eyes to things I didn’t know and I often find you in good intellectual company — not that intellectual company much matters to me, but it does make me more persuasive when I test your positions with conversation partners to judge reactions and hear rebuttals.
I realize you do not normally watch videos, but if you prefer you can see Sowell’s statements. He also makes interesting points on cultural assimilation and society and he even draws comparisons with Europe, Sri Lanka, etc. He’s very persuasive and very effective:
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Joshua Jordan, KSC
I generally recommend Dr. Sowell. Moynihan pointed out long long ago that the black family survived slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, general neglect, and other stresses; it took The Great Society and welfare to destroy it. At the time he wrote his famous report the black illegitimacy rate was around 20%, and most black children had two parents living at home.
4 years after Benghazi, are we protecting US diplomats any better? – MSN News
They aren’t learning the lessons very well, are they?
4 years after Benghazi, are we protecting US diplomats any better?
By Martin Edwin Andersen
Tribune Washington Bureau – Tribune Washington Bureau – Sun Sep 11 20:47:41 UTC 2016
Four years after the Benghazi terrorist attacks killed four Americans on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, debate still rages over whether the United States has done enough to protect its diplomats overseas.
They’re trying to get their last-minute killing in before the cease-fire starts the way holiday shoppers try to get their last minute shopping done before the stores close Christmas eve.
Spate of Deadly Attacks in Syria Ahead of Cease-Fire
By ANNE BARNARD
The New York Times – The New York Times – Sun Sep 11 19:30:00 UTC 2016
At least 91 people have been killed in strikes on rebel-held areas in the two days since Russia and the United States declared that a cease-fire would begin on Monday.
: 9-11: The Charlie Foxtrot behind the story
Original story on NBC news (some different details)
: “New Class War”
Just read this:
While I appreciate an academic analysis as much as the next guy, I think he really misses the point of Trump and his supporters. We want our country back.
I have that article on my “to be recommended” list, and intend to cite it when I do an update of Djilas and his theory of the new governing class. It is one reason why things always change for the worse despite the astounding accomplishments in technology.
Privilege Check, an Underfable
Once upon a time, in Animal Farm, Snowball said to Napoleon, “All animals are equal.”
Napoleon said, “Check your privilege! I am more equal than you!”
Moral: The worst shall be first.
I thought your readers might find this to be of interest.
Fred on evolution.
He’s a bit unfair to Greg Cochrane, but the rest is spot-on.
I would say quite unfair to Greg, who has rational arguments for his views; they may be wrong, but he has more data than most grand theories have.
I remember learning “omnis cellula e cellula” in my first week of high school biology. It seems to hold in today’s world. In so,me of my youthful intellectual excursions I was tempted to reject it, but I have never found a real exception to the rule.
An instance within the memory of some of this house will show us how our militia may be destroyed. Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.
— George Mason
I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.
— George Mason
Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.