Dec 18 2008

Have we lost America?

Category: election 2008harmonicminer @ 6:01 pm

In my darker moments I fear this may be true.

The results are in and my candidate lost the presidency. Since I love this country, I wish the newly named President Barack Obama every success. But this was an election unlike any other. I don’t think the Republicans merely lost an election, I believe many of us lost a country.

Read it all.


Dec 18 2008

Merry Christmas

Category: Christmas,musicharmonicminer @ 2:02 pm

Music Majors With Time On Their Hands, always a dangerous combination

Carol of the Bottles

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Dec 18 2008

Evidence should precede accusations

Category: Obamaharmonicminer @ 1:10 pm

I’ve said already that:

It’s OK with me if all Rahm Emmanuel did is twist Illinois Gov. Blagojevich’s arm to Appoint Obama Loyalists. That’s to be expected, and is neither illegal nor immoral. It is, after all, a political appointment, and normal political considerations apply.

Sadly, the Republican Party decided to run this ad:

Generally, I agree with Newt Gingrich that this ad is misplaced, and ill-timed.  There is a difference between trying to influence the appointment (normal politics) and trying to buy it from Blagojevich (illegal).  All we know, so far, is that Blogojevich probably tried to sell the appointment to the Senate to replace President-elect Obama.  Anyone who reads this blog for long knows I’m no fan of Obama, but I prefer actual evidence before making accusations of criminal behavior.

The Republican ad doesn’t exactly allege criminality, and appears to blur the line (a bright one, I think) between trying to exert influence and doing something immoral or illegal.

The NRC would be far better off spending its time planning for the next election cycle, and not simply firing blind in hopes that there is a “there” there.

On the other hand, if it turns out that Obama or his associates either tried to buy the appointment in some way, or failed to report Blagojevich’s attempt to sell it to them, that’s a whole different story.  But there has to be evidence of that, first, and I haven’t heard of any yet.  At some point, it may become clear that Obama has been stonewalling, or had knowledge of something inappropriate coming from one of his associates (like Rahm Emmanuel), but we aren’t there yet, if we will ever be.

When the tapes are released (and they SHOULD BE released), we’ll know a lot more.

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Dec 18 2008

Incoherent ignorance, squared

Category: education,higher education,mediaharmonicminer @ 11:57 am

In a recent survey listing medical workers as the most trusted, educators scored very high in trustworthiness.

Other eligible — and admired — professions were education, at 14 percent, and science and technology, at 10 percent.

Educators and doctors were also voted the most trusted by an overwhelming 86 and 87 percent, followed by homemakers and those in science and technology.

Only one percent picked retail professionals as partner-material, and those in media and marketing, as well as entertainers, did little better at two and three percent.

These professions were also among the least trusted by respondents, who, across the seven markets, picked the media as the single least trusted group.

Why is this incoherently ignorant?  Simple.  The professoriate and the major media agree about almost everything. Education is no longer primarily about learning facts and how to reason from them, it is now mostly about indoctrination in left-wing “principles.”  Just like the major media.  If you trust one, and not the other, it means you don’t know what either are really about these days.

Apparently, all have been doing a great job in informing and educating the public, since the public seems largely unaware of this, and actually thinks modern educators and the media are up to different things, when in fact they are two of the great arms of the grand left-ward slide of our culture, the third being government entitlement programs, upon which both depend, but in different ways.

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Dec 18 2008

Institutions of our Ancestors

Category: societyharmonicminer @ 11:46 am

“Since private and publick Vices, are in Reality, though not always apparently, so nearly connected, of how much Importance, how necessary is it, that the utmost Pains be taken by the Publick, to have the Principles of Virtue early inculcated on the Minds even of children, and the moral Sense kept alive, and that the wise institutions of our Ancestors for these great Purposes be encouraged by the Government. For no people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.”

–Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 4 November 1775

The “institutions of our Ancestors” would have been understood to include the church, education (not mere indoctrination), systems of law, social institutions like marriage, etc.

We’re in for some interesting times.


Dec 18 2008

How much do YOU trust the government to handle life and death decisions for YOU?

Category: government,healthcare,left,militaryharmonicminer @ 10:00 am

Our military wins whenever it isn’t forced to quit by our civilian government. But it isn’t precisely “efficient”, and has the same amount of politics, stupidity, and shortsightedness as the rest of the world. When lives are on the line, that can be deadly.

WASHINGTON, Military leaders knew the dangers posed by roadside bombs before the start of the Iraq war but did little to develop vehicles that were known to better protect forces from what proved to be the conflict’s deadliest weapon, a report by the Pentagon inspector general says.

The Pentagon “was aware of the threat posed by mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) … and of the availability of mine resistant vehicles years before insurgent actions began in Iraq in 2003,” says the 72-page report, which was reviewed by USA TODAY.

The report is to be made public today.

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