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Herman Cain

Herman Cain is a businessman talking about running for President.  He has some remarkable achievements and I hope he knows what he is getting into.

http://www.hermancain.com/index.asp

So…an open letter to Herman Cain:

Mr. Cain,

I hope that you and your family are ready for the onslaught should you become the nominee.

You are the Left’s worst nightmare: An American with a strong character and notable accomplishments that just coincidentally happens to have an African ancestry.    A man who can be judged on the Content of His Character (and accomplishments) and not only the Color of His Skin.

They will attack you even more brutally than they have attacked George Bush, Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, and Sarah Palin.  They will call you an “Uncle Tom” (Clarence Thomas) or like Condoleezza Rice an “Aunt Jemima”.  They will call for your castration (Jesse Jackson’s call for Obama before they became “friends”).  They will call for your wife to be gang raped as Sandra Bernhard called for Sarah Palin. They will publically wish for your death as Nina Totenberg called for Jessie Helms to get AIDS or as Julianne Malveaux’s wish for Justice Clarence Thomas, “…wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter..dies early like many black men do, of heart disease.”  They will target you for your race as Sen’s, Kennedy and Rockefeller targeted Alberto Gonzales.  They will do anything to destroy you just as Obama did to Jack Ryan in 2004.

I know that this will happen because they have done it before and they continue it today.

Forewarned is forearmed.  If you and your family choose to take this on, my wife and I will do anything we can to support you.

And may God bless you.

Jon Jewett

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OK Bunkie, perhaps you are asking yourself:  “Self, what in H—L do Japan and San Francisco have to do with my homeowner’s insurance?”

Well…..get a cup of Java and sit yourself a spell.  This may take a while to connect.

(Trivia for today: Coffee was called Java because a lot of coffee was grown there in the early part of the 20th Century.  There was also an earthquake in Java in 2009.  And 2006 for that matter.  And Krakatoa was off the coast of Java.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakatoa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_coffee

First, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan provide a vivid demonstration of just exactly what an earth moving event can cause.  But, Japan is only the latest to experience a recent earthquake, with a big one in Indonesia in October of 2010 and the ones in Java as noted above.  These earthquakes were on what is called “The Pacific Ring of Fire”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Ring_of_Fire

In the article, you will note that these earthquakes are on the western side of the Pacific Plate.  The eastern side bumps up against the West Coast of the USA from the Aleutians in Alaska down to the north half of Baja California.   The plates are moving in relation to one another and as they move, stress is built up when the edges of the plates stick against one another.  When the stress gets great enough, it is relieved by the two plates slipping; a mechanism that results in earthquakes.  There is speculation that the plates are relieving stress and there will be a string of earthquakes around the “Ring of Fire” in a clockwise direction.  That would imply that there is going to be the next Big One, maybe in Alaska and maybe in San Francisco.

So……now let’s talk about insurance (Wow!  That’s a big step!)

Insurance is a type of cooperative arrangement to share risk.  Let’s assume that you and I and 98 other people each have a house worth $100,000. None of us can afford to replace our house if it burns down.  So, one of us starts a company to share that risk.  Let’s suppose that we can “gestimate” fairly accurately (assessing the amount of monetary risk is called “underwriting”) that in ten years, one house will burn down.  So, in every ten years, we will have to put a total of $100,000 to compensate the one for the loss of their house.  That works out to $100 a year from each one of us.  ($100 times 100 people times 10 years.)  Now the individual that has the insurance company doesn’t do that full-time job for free. So, he invests the money he receives and collects interest on it.  And once he gets enough money in reserve, we can be fairly sure that our risks are covered.

But……..what if the risks are NOT equal?  Suppose you build your house of brick with a tile roof and the chances of it burning down are one in 100 years.  Your neighbor builds his house of straw with the chances of burning down of one in five years.  His risk is twenty times your risk so it is only fair that he pay 20 times your rate.
Right????

Well, two things can happen.  First, all of the Little Piggies with Straw Houses say it’s “NOT FAIR” that they have to pay the full cost of the risk they have assumed.  So the Government starts an insurance pool and charges a “fair” price.  Like flood insurance.  There is one little problem:  There is not enough money coming in to cover the risk.  But that’s OK, because when the pool falls short after a catastrophe, they take YOUR tax dollars to pay off all of those insurance claims.  Boy, are YOU ever screwed!

There is another way that Little Piggies deal with the problem:  They DON’T BUY ANY INSURANCE!

Now back to earthquakes.

I went to high school in the San Francisco bay area.  Way back then, they were talking about “The Big One”.  And there have been a bunch of pretty good size ones since then, but not “The Big One”.  So….if you had a house/business in San Francisco and you knew that “The “Big One” was due at any time, you’d get earthquake insurance, right?

Well, only 15% of the value of San Francisco is insured against earthquake loss.  The owners out there know that they are at risk, but they choose not to pay to insure themselves.  But not to worry, because when “The Big One” comes, the government will hold a gun to your head and steal you money to give to those “Poor Victims” (of their own greed and stupidity) that are now homeless and without insurance.

And if you think I am making it up, the Government is STILL spending your money on the damn fools in New Orleans who refused to cover their risks.  Even though everybody knew what the risks were.

(In a previous life time, I was married to a woman I met some 60 miles SOUTH of New Orleans.  And I recall talking with her family in 1972 about the prediction that New Orleans was going to be flooded.  Not only due to the geology, but also due to the corruption in the bodies that were maintaining the levees.  Curiously enough, a couple of years before Katrina, The Love of My Life and I made a road trip to New Orleans.  I suggested we go before it was wiped off of the map. EVERYBODY KNEW THE RISKS!)

And to top it off, they blame the insurance companies for being greedy!

Boy, are YOU ever screwed!

(PS-you might print this out and date it.  Put it somewhere so that you can find it after “The Big One”.  That way, you can tell your friends that you knew all along what would happen and why.)

Regards,

Steamboat Jack (My evil twin)

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Sheriff Dupnik in Arizona says:

“The kind of rhetoric that flows from people like Rush Limbaugh, in my judgment he is irresponsible, uses partial information, sometimes wrong information,” Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said today.

“[Limbaugh] attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials and that kind of behavior in my opinion is not without consequences.”

http://abcnews.go.com/CleanPrint/cleanprintproxy.aspx?1294755126375

So…..lets look at who it is that has created this climate of hate:

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/10/the-progressive-climate-of-hate-an-illustrated-primer-2000-2010/

Regards,

Steamboat Jack (my evil twin)

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The Elite and Us

The self-annointed elite inside the Beltway and the so-called “Main Stream” media are oh-so smart and oh-so clever.  They are oh-so sophisticated and while they attend their oh-so special parties and nibble their brie and sip their chardonnay, they demean us as stupid f_____g red necks.  Red necks, that’s people like you and me and Sharron Angle.  It is anyone that actually produces something of value (I.e. “works”) and believes in God (as distinct from going to church).

 Perhaps the most important concept that they really don’t understand is how their contempt is returned in spades.  They are so special and gifted and entitled, how could anyone despise them?   It is beyond them, so if the predicted political tsunami strikes they will be totally bewildered. 

They proven themselves to be fools by what they have done to the economy and in a thousand other ways.  And they think that they are some kind of elite! 

Here is an interesting commentary on their inability to be in touch with the greater reality.  (Inside the beltway is a giant echo chamber wherein all you hear is the babbling of fools endlessly repeated to one other.)

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/10/god_laughs_sharron_angle_vs_ha.html

The Angle-Reid campaign is just a microcosm of the larger change in American politics.  It is so high-profile only because of who Harry Reid is.   My hope is that once we retake out country, the great majority does not again fall asleep. 

the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”  —  Thomas Jefferson

and

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking  care of them.“– Thomas Jefferson

Regards,

Steamboat Jack (my evil twin)

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Zombies for Halloween

Some very valid points about ideas that are of the living dead.  And the people who believe those ideas.  To paraphrase what General Honore said of the so-called “main stream media”: they are stuck on stupid. 

Only, unlike the zombies in the movies, they can destroy the future of our children.

http://victorhanson.com/articles/thornton101310.html

October 13, 2010
Zombie Ideology
Ideas, old and dead, are still walking around.
by Bruce S. Thornton
RightNetwork.com

Explaining the continued death-grip of progressive ideology on significant numbers of people despite its manifest intellectual exhaustion, incoherence, and senility compels one to rely on analogies. The notion of political religions, a time-honored way of explaining political doctrines like communism, Nazism, and fascism, is still serviceable for communicating the dependence of progressivism on unreflective faith, metaphysical myths, utopian fantasies, fossilized dogmas, and ritualistic rhetoric. But I’m not sure it any longer communicates just how dead left-wing ideas are.

For one thing, the comparison of such political ideologies to religion is an insult to most traditional faiths, which are much more rationally coherent and honest about their metaphysical assumptions. The great Catholic historian Henri de Lubac made this same point years ago in his classic The Drama of Atheistic Humanism. Quoting Leon Trotsky’s extravagant claims of Marxism’s power to create a utopia of “supermen,” de Lubac wrote, “Has Christianity ever asked such an abdication of the mind? On which side are the miracles most unbelievable?”

For this and other reasons, I find the image of the pseudo-religious “cult” more apropos. I mean something like Jim Jones’ People’s Church from the Seventies. As Shiva Naipaul’s brilliant book Journey to Nowhere points out, Jonestown was the crystallization of numerous leftist delusions, liberationist rhetoric, and stale revolutionary ideology that were popularized in the Sixties. Jones brilliantly exploited, for example, the “social justice” and anti-racist rhetoric of the Sixties New Left in order to fleece followers and various government agencies of huge amounts of cash, all the while he was running an old tent-revival scam and sexually feeding off the women in his flock. On the brink of exposure, Jones fled the country and set up a utopian commune in the jungles of Guiana, where eventually some 900 unfortunates committed mass “revolutionary suicide” by drinking cyanide-laced kool-aid.

The image of the cult, then, captures perfectly the progressive worldview: worn-out bad ideas about human nature and society put to the service of schemes for creating heaven on earth, if only absolute power is handed over to a messianic leader or some “enlightened” elite. Seeing progressive ideology as a cult explains why leftists fall so hard for charismatic thugs like Castro or Hugo Chavez, why they indulge paranoid fantasies about evil capitalists and their secret machinations, why they have such inflated views of their own righteousness and possession of revealed truth, and why they are so eager to drink en masse the poisonous ideological koolaid cooked up by the likes of Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Moore, Paul Krugman, Frank Rich, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Oliver Stone, Keith Olbermann, the Nation, or the Daily Kos.

As expressive as it is, though, the image of the cult doesn’t quite capture the most objectionable dimension of progressive ideology: its reliance on superannuated ideas long exploded and repudiated by history. The Brookings Institution’s Robert Leiken a few years back had a nice metaphor that captured this aspect of progressive ideology. Reporting on the 2006 mass demonstrations by the French protesting some modest adjustments to hiring and firing restrictions, Leiken wrote of the signs carried by the leftist marchers, “Causes and ideas that were young in nineteenth-century Europe had escaped from their nursing homes in Pyongyang, Havana, and Minsk.”

This metaphor neatly gets the senility of most left-wing thought. I am continually astonished by the doddering, addled ideas that some left-wing pundit or professor wheels out with the smug flourish of someone who thinks he’s daringly revealing new truths to the oafish masses mired in “false consciousness.” Hollywood, of course, is notorious for this bad habit. How many more television shows or movies do we need in which evil corporations, abetted by the evil CIA or the evil US military, plot to despoil nature or the Third World in the name of profits? Just watch Avatar, the recent mega-blockbuster whose state-of-the-art special effects are merely the lipstick on a trite pig of a story.

But our public intellectuals are no better than the purveyors of popular culture. How many more professors and pundits do we have to listen to as they drone on about the “greedy rich” whose ill-gotten wealth is immiserating the people? How many times do we have to listen to the ACLU’s stentorian hysteria about censorship and the “chilling effect on free speech,” when the definition of “civil liberties” has historically been expanding to dimensions that would have horrified the Founders? How long are we going to be subjected to the centuries-old noble-savage myth in its new disguise, multiculturalism, which peddles essentialist and illiberal racial and ethnic stereotypes whose roots lie in 18th-century German romantic nationalism? When will we ever be liberated from cobwebbed Marxist smear-terms like colonialism, imperialism, and fascism, which as historian Robert Conquest pointed out, are verbal “mind-blockers and thought-extinguishers” that serve “mainly to confuse, and of course to replace, the complex and needed process of understanding with the simple and unneeded process of inflammation”? And how will we ever purge ourselves of the decrepit romantic nature-love that passes for environmentalism, that Disneyfied view of the natural world that is nothing more than a millennia-old wish-fulfilling myth indulged by well-fed city-dwellers who wouldn’t survive in nature for five minutes?

These ideas are beyond old. They’re dead. Yet they’re still walking around, which is why the metaphor of the zombie works best. Moreover, zombies are mindless, also suggesting progressivism, which reflexively repeats received wisdom and gratifying myths as substitutes for clear thinking based on coherent principle and a respect for historical reality. Worse yet, the victims of zombies also become zombies. That’s how progressivism has managed to flourish despite its senility and repudiation by reality: by taking over schools, popular culture, the mainstream media, and for now the White House and Congress, where they can munch away at people’s ability to think critically until they too start staggering around, mechanically moaning left-wing bumper-sticker wisdom as they lumber to the polls or classroom or movie theater.

We know how all zombie movies turn out. A beleaguered handful of the uninfected battle furiously against the undead swarming the doors and windows. So too the war against dead progressive ideas, which has been going on in America for fifty years. And though we don’t know whether there will be a happy ending, we do know that we can’t ever stop trying to kill off a dead yet still dangerous ideology.

©2010 Bruce S. Thornton

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Oh, Ye of Little Faith

Every once in a while, I read a story like this:

 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8053023/Black-Republicans-offer-hope-after-Barack-Obamas-failures-on-race.html

(Hmmm…it’s odd that we would find this in a British paper and not, say, the Austin American Statesman.  I wonder why?  But the Statesman did spend a lot of ink on my typos!)

In the context of these articles, there is an underlying theme that the nebulous “Republican Leadership” do not recruit black candidates because the mythical “Republican Base” will not vote for them.  These “Leaders” are the same ones that disparage the Tea Party and the Tea Party candidates.

 (Black, i.e. short for Americans who, just coincidentally, have an African ancestry.  Just like the term “White” is short for Americans who, just coincidentally, have a European ancestry.  We are fellow Americans, brothers and sisters, with different ancestry.  Being American is the relevant part.  The differences in ancestry, while they may be interesting, are largely trivial to me.)

 It may be true that the “leadership” believes it.  But why would they?   Personally, I think that the idea, that the base won’t vote for black Americans, is horse puckey!

When GW was Governor, he put more black candidates into statewide office than ANY Democrat, ever!  And we Republicans, (we-the base, the Tea Party) have voted to keep them there.  And GW appointed more black Americans to positions of real power than any prior president.   On the other hand, Democrats won’t vote for black Republicans and call them “Uncle Toms”. 

 I believe that the “Leadership” may be out of touch with the base.  It has happened because they read and listen to the “Main Stream Media”.  And the “Main Stream Media” overflows with articles about how the Republican base is made of bigots.  But nothing on our side of the aisle can compare to what the Democrats did to Clarence Thomas.  And it was a Democrat that called Dr. Rice an “Aunt Jemima”.   And it was an African-American Democrat acquaintance who described  Michael Williams as an “Uncle Tom” and did it with a seething rage.

 I believe that we, the vast majority of the Republican Party base, DO judge people based on the content of their character and their accomplishments.  We have, in deed, proven it.

 The “Republican Leadership” should have more faith in us.

 Regards,

Steamboat Jack (my evil twin)

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You Shouldn’t call them Stupid

(See my last post)  How can you say that?  They have their rights to their opinions!  

Oh….. 

Here, I will let someone else make the case. 

 http://www.robinofberkeley.com/2010/09/03/liberals-are-from-mars-conservatives-are-from-earth/ 

Now that you’ve read it, does the word “stupid” apply?

Regards,

Steamboat Jack (my evil twin)

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