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The Spectre of a Turncoat

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Today, we watched Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania switch parties, after assuring folks over a month ago that he would stay in the Republican Party.  This will push the Democrats up to that critical 60 vote mark that would make the Senate filibuster-proof.

Not that the Senate would listen to the GOP anyway, but I guess this means now they can tell the GOP to go pounds sand.

In a statement today, he stated that he would not stand by and let his 29 years of service be decided by the Republican Primary Electorate.  Turns out, for captulating to the whims of that dork Harry Reid, he was going down in a 29-point strawman defeat against Pat Toomey, a conservative challenger.

Now Harry Reid has offered Specter something for his trouble – a nice fancy chair within the Democrat party, seniority, a nice office with a view, and more importantly, safety from being removed during a primary.

Of course, with that, he has become a traitor to his party and his own word, selling his soul for stability and survical.  This is why politicians can’t be trusted.  Specter re-emphasized that just today.

Hey Arlen, you don’t believe in the power of the electorate?  Something wrong with democracy?  Oh yes, it is for a liberal loser like you.  And don’t give us that madness about how much of a moderate and what kinds of convictions you have – since you said just back around mid-March that you would never leave the GOP.  I guess your word is worth as much as a tissue with swine flu on it.  Good riddance, you pathetic loser.  It’s good to see you switch yor party affiliation to what you truly are, a pathetic Democrat turncoat.

Now go caucus with your liberal friends and let the good people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania elect a new senator, with conviction and principle.  It will be so funny if you lost in the next general election and were sent back to Pennsylvania.

If I had my way, you’d be tarred and feathered.  But I’m not bitter.

Hopefully more of thes turncoat moderates like Olympia Snowe will follow your lead.  Get the RINO’s out.  Let’s wash out the lukewarm moderates and get our party back to the party of small-government, low taxes and a strong national defense.

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April 28, 2009 at 12:17 pm

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Yep, Capitalism Still Works

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It’s not about how much money is spent, earned, or gained, but who ends up with the value in the end.

Check out this news story.  Turns out, in honor of Earth Day (not really sure how this applies, but…) Popeye’s Chicken (which in my mind is far better than KFC!), offered a promotional special on national TV.  Eight pieces of their awesome Cajun-cooked goodness, $4.99…in celebration of Earth Day.  Again, missing the point here, but hey, I’ll eat Popeye’s and celebrate feel-good environmentalism.  Just give me an extra helping of the dirty rice.

Well, it didn’t take long for the lines to go out the door, down the street, with swarms of hungry patrons wanting to take advantage of the deal. 

The unfortunate part of this story is that the Minneapolis Popeye’s Chicken on Lake Street, the only one in the entire state of Minnesota, wasn’t participating in the national promotion.  Since local proprietors can make the call of whether or not to participate in a national promotion, this Popeye’s declined.

Instead, they had homemade signs on the door that warded customers off, telling them, instead, the special was a nine-piece for $9.99, much to the chagrin of scores of hungry customers, ready to sink their teeth into that awesome Cajun-cooked goodness. (there is a theme developing here, I’m thinking).  The customers came from miles around to celebrate Earth Day feast on what was to be a great deal of yummy chicken priced at 62.5¢ a piece, but instead, were saddened by it being valued at $1.11 per piece.  Some people were downright angry, requiring the police to be called in to settle the angry mob down.

Well, I’m not sure what the margins are there at Popeye’s but fast food places watch their margins very carefully.  I once met a Taco Bell worker who told me that miniscule variances in how much cheese or beef that goes into your Meximelt or Burrito Supreme can be a big shock to overhead.

Yup, capitalism still works.  All that’s required for it to get back on track is to find that price that people will pay because they think they are getting value for their money.  What we learn here is that a piece of Popeye’s chicken is worth somewhere between $0.625 and $1.11.

We don’t need the government to keep bailing out companies. Companies just need to learn to make products that people want and will happily unload their wallets to get.  It’s not about how much money is spent, earned, or gained, but who ends up with the value in the end.  Find the value, and you’ll find the bottom of any recession and the balance point of any economy.

As I write this post, it’s dinner time.  And while I’m eating a leftover piece of baked chicken (which is good stuff in its own right) from last night’s supper, I can only lament it’s not Popeye’s.  Perhaps if the family goes through a drive-thru, I may have to conduct a night mission of my own.

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April 24, 2009 at 4:55 pm

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Killer Robots and The Decision to Open Fire

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I just read this article this morning and it got me thinking about something that has been a problem for warfighters for centuries – the changing conditions of people and how it relates to warfighting.

Sun Tzu wrote prolifically in The Art of War  that whenever a government (what he labeled as “the sovereign”) gets involved in military decisions, usually that leads to military failure.  Sun Tzu pointed out that the Sovereign gives the order to make war and it’s up to the Generals to fight that war, completely and fully.  Sun Tzu frowned on the very notion of politicians getting involved in combat operations for one reason: when the time comes to take action, political pressure could cause that warfighter to waver and not do what, militarily, had to be done.  This is how liberalism has led to the lack of military effectiveness for centuries.

So, the writer of the mentioned article had this to say:

Reducing risk, and casualties, is at the heart of the drive for more and better robots. Ultimately, that means "fully autonomous engagement without human intervention," according to an Army communication to robot designers. In other words, computer programs, not a remote human operator, would decide when to open fire. What worries some experts is that technology is running ahead of deliberations of ethical and legal questions.

While I’m not particularly ready to cede the launch codes of America’s nuke arsenal to a computer program or setting up SkyNet, it does represent the opposite end of Sun Tzu’s point about external influences into military operations. The point that I make here is that robots and computer programs deployed to take combat action will do so without injecting personal remorse or objection.  As the writer of the above article clearly stated, robots don’t care or get demoralized (or energized) if they see a comrade fall.  They don’t get tired, hungry, frustrated at failure or overconfident at success.  They simply will obey the laws of the sovereign without question, exactly what Sun Tzu believed a soldier should be, carrying out their programming for as long as they are able.

(btw – no discussions here about situational ethics or complex situations governing the robot/program’s actions. The point in this post is very specific)

In a wildly theoretical sense, what would happen if we actually had a computer program set up to make combat decisions?  The supports for these decisions would be based on a set of principles that don’t change based on how people are feeling at the time, such as the desire for retaliatory action on 9/12/2001 versus people’s thinking in March 2003 when we went into Iraq, to now, as people are growing more and more tired of war.  The program would not tire nor would be prone to extreme ‘sledgehammer-to-swat-a-fly’ measures.  The program would not care if the Code Pinkers protested on the front yard of the developer.  It would just do as it is told.   Personally, if something like that were ever put in place, it might actually change the scope of what warfighting was about and bring it in line with what Sun Tzu was saying.

Today, people can’t fight a war without having external pressures governing how that war is played out.

* As a side note about this, few will remember this one, but we had Mohammed Omar, also known as the “One-Eyed Mullah” in the cross-hairs during the early part of the war.  Turns out a Predator drone came up on him getting into a vehicle.  We had a clear shot, but our CENTCOM general at the time held fire because the Judge Advocate General (JAG – military lawyer) said he was “uncomfortable” with taking out Omar.  Omar remains in hiding with a $10M bounty on his one-eyed head.   I’m sure if Sun Tzu was presented with the possibility of taking out one of his key enemy leaders in one shot, he wouldn’t be uncomfortable with it at all.

And we wonder why the war has taken as long as it has…

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April 23, 2009 at 9:29 am

Feeling the Hate

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I guess the TEA parties continue to irritate and annoy the left – and it’s been shy of a week now since they took place.

1) Previously reported here on TRC, Janeane Garofolo spewed her hate and vitriol, calling the TEA parties “racist” and those who attended “dysfunctional, brain-damaged, rednecks”.

2) CNN reporter Susan Roesgen calls them “Anti-CNN, Anti-Government, supported by FoxNews”.

3) David Axelrod said on Meet the Press this past Sunday they are ‘unhealthy’. He cited the 95% tax cut campaign promise (which is nothing more than a red herring for what happens to the net gain in taxes when Obama lets the Bush tax cuts expire.

4) Commentators like Keith Olbermann and Anderson Cooper cracking out the frat-house humor, referring to these events as ‘tea bagging’, not only showing their liberal bias yet again, but showing their contempt for the right standing up.

5) The New Hampshire Democrat Party leader, Ray Buckley, came out and called those that protested an ‘unhinged mob’, ‘looked like they had lost their minds’, and ‘didn’t know what they were protesting’.

What gets me about all of this is that liberals cannot stand someone who sits opposed to their view on things.  Conservatives understand that there is room to disagree, and liberals will give lip service to this notion.  When they run out of logical things to say (of which that is minimal), they get into spewing vitriol and hate, throwing ad hominem attacks.  In fact, I’ve even had it thrown at me here on The Rabid Conservative

Liberal arguments that I have seen always seem to be replete with logical fallacy, a high degree of emotionalism, and lacking in actual fact.  I have to agree with what Rush Limbaugh said on his program today, that all of this hate and rhetoric comes not from logical reason, but feelings of attachment.

These people react in personal rage and anger when I say I hope Obama fails, because their emotional link to Obama tells them that I want them to fail, too, which is just the exact opposite.  And they’re going to be hurt more every day now that Obama is revealing himself to be exactly as I have described and predicted, and it hasn’t been clairvoyance. My descriptions and predictions of Obama were based on his past and present statements, his affiliations.  You see, what happened? I happened to flush out two kinds of people when I said I hope Obama fails: those who are emotionally invested in Obama (more so than they were invested in their own views and their own country) and I also flushed out those who share Obama and Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright’s views of the United States.  – Rush Limbaugh, April 20, 2009

But to add to Mr. Limbaugh, what I also see as a driver to this liberal venom and hatred for those who dare criticize That One is the fact that these people have a belief centered in relativism and that adherence to God’s law and Jesus’ teachings is marginalized.  While not everyone on the right is biblically-centered, spiritually active (I avoid the term, ‘religious’ since that is a human condition), few people on left demonstrate little care for the teachings of the Bible or anything definitive or absolute, but rather, think they know themselves what is right and wrong.  In other words, I have never found a saved, Bible-loving and believing person yet who believes that abortion is a good thing, or that we should let the institution of marriage be thrown to the side. 

So, adding these things together, you have someone who is diametrically opposed to true Biblical Christian worldview who can’t tolerate seeing one of their own criticized (even if it’s just).  They hate all that oppose them and they aren’t afraid to show it.

And so we see the hate spewed our way, blinding people to the message that actually does bring hope and change.

Are we feeling the hate now? Or maybe we should wait until another liberal complains about how bad we brain-dead rednecks from flyover country are, ranting on about something about which we have no idea. I give it another day for someone else to crawl out of the woodwork

* Interestingly, though, I do think Carville was right in his comments when he said this is ‘damaging to Republicans’.  The GOP has done very little in the last eight years to show its distinction for smaller government and lower taxes.  The TEA parties were a non-partisan protest, aimed at tax and spend (mostly spending) policy and this is something over which the GOP is just as guilty as the Democrat Party.

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April 21, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Perspective: $100M of a $4T Budget

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The omnibus budget from The President (complete with 9,000 earmarks): $4,000,000,000,000.

The amount that the Cabinet has been asked to save: $100,000,000

If we scale it down, that’s $1 instead of $40,000.  So, is it better to spend $39,999 or $40,000?  Today, you can get a reasonably equipped Hummer H3 for $40,000.  Would your buying decision be affected over the expense of one dollar?  That’s like saying we won’t buy the Hummer because we didn’t get a complimentary cup of coffee from the dealer.

Big whoop, Mr. President. Zero impressiveness.  How about taking out the 9,000 earmarks as a start?

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April 21, 2009 at 3:26 pm

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TRC – Say It To My Face, Garofalo

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Hey, Janeane Garofalo, come over here and call me a racist redneck to my face.

Turns out on The Countdown with Keith Olbermann on [P]MSNBC’, Garofalo went on a tirade about how those who went to the TEA parties throughout the nation were nothing more than Obama-hating, racist, rednecks.  She told a head-nodding Olbermann how we’re all mentally dysfunctional and have no idea what the original Boston Tea Party was about. 

It’s interesting that she spouted her hate-filled rhetoric on [P]MSNBC with Olbermann (a liberal hack in his own right), rather than having the guts to come over to Fox and tell Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck that they are right-wing racist rednecks.  Instead, she chose the comfort of a liberal news show with a host who believes just like she does, a show that would actually have her on, like she had any credibility with her liberal nonsense.

Wednesday, I attended our local TEA party and while I did see a couple of rednecks there, I saw people of all walks of life standing next to me, all united on the subject of taxes.   I saw white people, black people, hispanic, asians, old, young, poor, well-to-do, veterans, homemakers, students, professionals, transients, all sorts of people there.  I saw zero evidence of racism there.  Perhaps I’m blind, but when a former senator from our region, a man far darker skinned than Obama, with everyone in the crowd cheering his words, I don’t see racism.

If you want to call me a racist, fine, I’m a racist.  I believe in the HUMAN race.  After all, if Jesus died and bled for the sins of the human race, perhaps He believes that they are worth more then what liberals think we do.  Even Janeane Garofalo.

Garofalo NixedLiberals like Garofalo are so full of hate and vitriol that they can’t see past their own darkness to understand why people would actually protest in disagreement against That One.

The one thing that I don’t get, how did Garofalo make the cut and get on 24?  Does anyone like her character?  She’s a terrible actor in her own right with so annoying a character that it makes me want to darn near start cursing the TV whenever she shows up. 

*relaxes*

Yes Janeane, God still loves you. But you are a still a pint-sized, tempest-in-a-teapot, doofus.  And you’re a racist yourself, since you seem to keep forgetting that Obama is just as much white as he is black.

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April 17, 2009 at 9:45 am

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In Short – Sniped by a Frenchman

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This is too good to pass up!

Nick Sarkozy sniped Barry Obama over being weak.

To sum up, when the French President calls the American President ‘weak’, something is wholly wrong with the forces of the universe.  Yes, he’s *cough* my *cough* president, but getting sniped by a Frenchman for being weak is just downright disgraceful.

And makes for good ironic comedy.

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April 16, 2009 at 9:29 pm

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