The Law of Unintended Consequences
“The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution, which at any time exists, ‘till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory upon all.” ~ George Washington (1796)
The “law of unintended consequences” is an idiomatic admonition regarding the manipulation of complex systems. The notion of unintentional consequence has its origin with 18th-century political economist Adam Smith and the Scottish Enlightenment.
In the present, it is used more in rebuttal to the hubristic notion that humans are so brilliant and possess sufficient discernment about complex systems that we can predict outcomes with great accuracy. It is similar to Murphy’s Law — “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong” — except it is not asserting the absolute.
20th-century sociologist Robert Merton noted three primary factors contributing to unanticipated consequences: First, incomplete analysis because it is impossible to anticipate all variables; second, errors in analysis of what is known about the problem; third, immediate interests overriding long-term interests.
Our nation is besieged by unintended consequences. Most notably, the 2008 election of a charismatic “community organizer” peddling a “hope and change” mantra. It is now painfully clear, after the re-election of Barack Obama, that his mantra has resulted in a plague of pessimism and an atrocious fundamental transformation of America. Continue reading
“Why We’re Definitely Not Headed for Another Ice Age.”
When I saw that headline in Newsweek, I thought, do they know something that I don’t? But once I read the article, it left me wondering how in the world they came to that conclusion.
It reminds me of the great retort by paleontologist Robert Bakker to those who did not agree with his belief that many kinds of dinosaurs were birds.
“There are still a few of my colleagues who think if it walks like a duck, breathes like a duck and grows like a duck, it must be a turtle,” said Bakker.
Let’s see if this Newsweek article is a duck or a turtle… Continue reading
It was 40 years ago today that Richard Nixon climbed into a government-supplied helicopter that was about to carry him into private life. He raised both hands in the famous V-sign, which supposedly symbolized victory, but which marked the most important single personal defeat in the history of the American presidency. Continue reading
From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia…could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide. ~ Abraham Lincoln
Barack Obama has become the instrument of that suicide.
In a manner reminiscent of a pubescent potentate, Obama appears to be both disengaged and autocratic as he recklessly attempts to implement his catastrophic domestic programs and a feckless foreign policy.
The maniacal pursuit of goals so at odds with the country’s values and traditions, or even its survival, can only be attributed to a flawed character and an uncompromising devotion to a demonstrably unworkable leftist ideology.
Obama, who often mistakes himself for a messiah, displays many of the characteristics of a narcissist: expecting constant praise and admiration; has a grandiose sense of self-importance; expecting others to go along with his ideas and plans; lacking empathy and taking advantage of others to achieve his own ends; regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes; exaggerating his achievements or talents; thin-skinned, being easily hurt and rejected. Continue reading
The behavior of barbarians
Heartless depravity is the new American norm
The most remarkable — and disgusting — declaration I’ve heard in the past few weeks was the statement by the Ukraine’s new outlaw Jewish prime minister calling the Russian speaking residents of the eastern part of the country “subhuman”. This not only went well with the policies of Ukraine’s criminal ex-president Iulia Timoshenko, who advised using nuclear weapons against these same Russian speaking residents of the eastern Ukraine, but was right in line with the Jewish preference of dealing with non Jews throughout the world.
Kill them, then steal their property and give it all to your friends who helped you do the killing. Continue reading
Let me tell you, my fellow English speakers, about the happy little secret involving foreign languages today.
If you’re an English speaker, English is all you need in much of the world. Whatever the native language in countries you visit, many people speak English in addition to their own tongue.
In one way, I’m not real happy about that. By the time I had spent hundreds of hours trying to learn Spanish and Italian, I realized that millions of people in Mexico and in Italy speak English. I could have spent all those hours teaching our cats how to walk on their hind legs and play a miniature accordion. I could have been rich. Continue reading
For the past few weeks, the country’s distinct national navel-gazing has shifted to the military. It began with horror stories about the treatment of veterans at Veterans Affairs facilities across the country and has reached a crescendo in the curious case of Taliban hostage Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, exchanged for five fierce-looking Muhammadans from Afghanistan’s Jihad Central.
As to the first: Backlogs, limited services, fewer service providers, substandard treatment, filthy facilities and the ensuing fatalities – these have been features of the VA system for a long time. Pervasive, institutionalized indifference and incompetence are inherent to – and well-documented in – all centrally planned health-care systems. America’s neighbors north of the 48th parallel are forever in search of a panacea for the poxes that plague their single-payer gulag. Although the same problems are beginning to percolate across America’s health-care sector, due to Obamacare regulations and rationing, the misfortunes endured by the military have been elevated above the misery of the multitudes. Continue reading
Two Black Peas in a Pod…
HARLEM — For decades, they’ve battled for supremacy atop Harlem’s political order: Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, the polished committee chairman and power broker, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, the tracksuit-clad bomb-throwing civil rights leader.
Now Sharpton, looking svelte and dapper on his daily MSNBC show, may have his chance to finally take out Rangel — at age 83 and in the toughest, almost certainly final, reelection fight of his 43-year congressional career.
It’s a sweet turn for Sharpton, who could never quite win acceptance among the established political class here that Rangel led. When Sharpton, 59, ran for mayor and president, he was stung when the congressman sided with the Democratic Party’s favorites instead. But now it’s Rangel’s turn to grovel. Continue reading
Although the science is not yet entirely settled, it does appear likely that the Planet Venus, also known as Earth’s “Sister,” should be a sanctuary of pristine delight for those whom worship at the altar of environmental utopia and whom believe that Earth would be just fine were it not for billions of out-of-control, toxic human beings.
And why not?
After all, there are no greedy Republican racists messing up environmental doings on Venus, no smoky old cars, coal plants, noxious summer BBQ-s, or other instances of unchecked capitalism running amuck to the detriment of the Venus skies. Continue reading
Why would a talented, dedicated cardiologist choose to be coffined in a medical gulag, weighed down by incompetents, his wages capped, his rewards incommensurate with his drive and dedication? He wouldn’t. Surprising as this seems to some, the best and brightest do not work for the state. Increasingly, government workers are carefully selected for the color of their complexion, for their sex and sexual or political orientation, not for their competence.
In a policy statement, the VA commissioner for Connecticut, a woman of course, crowed that applicants to her department are screened to ascertain “minimum qualifications.” “Maximum qualifications” are not required in this killer of a system. “Applicants who meet the essential level of preparation,” writes the woman, “are not excluded. The Human Resources Administrator must work to bring as many protected members into the system.” Her words. Once recruited, the needs of these precious, “protected-group members” are jealously guarded. Continue reading
Not American Capitalism or “Welfare State Socialism” but an Economy That’s Working for a Few or Many
For years Americans have assumed that our hard-charging capitalism is better than the soft-hearted version found in Canada and Europe. American capitalism might be a bit crueler but it generates faster growth and higher living standards overall. Canada’s and Europe’s “welfare-state socialism” is doomed.
It was a questionable assumption to begin with, relying to some extent on our collective amnesia about the first three decades after World War II, when tax rates on top incomes in the U.S. never fell below 70 percent, a larger portion of our economy was invested in education than before or since, over a third of our private-sector workers were unionized, we came up with Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor, and built the biggest infrastructure project in history, known as the interstate highway system.
But then came America’s big U-turn, when we deregulated, de-unionized, lowered taxes on the top, ended welfare, and stopped investing as much of the economy in education and infrastructure. Continue reading
“The grimmest dictatorship is the dictatorship of the prevailing orthodoxy” ~ George Galloway
In a relativism culture of social permissiveness, the non-judgmental attitude, held out as the suitable standard for conduct, has become the politically correct behavior. One might think that anything goes under this mindset. However, the exact opposite practice and enforcement, under the most rigid conditions, is championed as necessary for enlighten and tolerant liberalists. The proliferation of demands that hate speech is the new capital crime, actually is counter iterative in building a civil society. This orthodoxy of the fanatical, proudly presents this illuminated and required deportment, as obligatory for all citizens. Continue reading
Obama Cannot Be Trusted to Enforce Law – STOP AMNESTY NOW!
May 15, 2014
Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the US House
Dear Speaker Boehner:
Nearly 30 years and 30-40 million illegal aliens ago, on November 6, 1986, Republican President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 which mandated certain actions to prevent further invasions of the homeland, mostly by third-world illegal aliens from south of our borders.
IRCA also granted amnesty to 3-4 million illegal aliens already in residence. Continue reading
Ilana Mercer flays ‘regimist‘ libertarian Cathy Reisenwitz
“You’re a racist.” “No, you’re a bigger racist.” “No way; you hang with the Hoppe, Rockwell and Ron Paul crowd of libertarians; they’re ‘known’ racists, so you’re racist.” The tiff is between defenders of the anti-establishment libertarians, aforementioned, and an establishment libertarian, or a “regimist,” as Mr. Rockwell likes to say.
The “regimist” in question is Cathy Reisenwitz, a sally-come-lately libertarian, whom Justin Raimondo, a life-long, creedal libertarian, has “smoked out” for libeling Paul, Murray Rothbard, Lew Rockwell and Hans-Hermann Hoppe as racists. Continue reading
One of the more irritating truths about liberal politicians is their insatiable appetite for tearing down anything American in order to build up anti-American hysteria.
The issue over the Confederate Flag is an excellent example.
In California, for instance, unglued politicians recently passed a bill prohibiting the sale or display of the Confederate flag. Continue reading
We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power that not only harm consumers but also undermine our democracy — such as the pending Comcast acquisition of Time-Warner.
In 1890, when Republican Senator John Sherman of Ohio urged his congressional colleagues to act against the centralized industrial powers that threatened America, he did not distinguish between economic and political power because they were one and the same. The field of economics was then called “political economy,” and inordinate power could undermine both. “If we will not endure a king as a political power,” Sherman thundered, “we should not endure a king over the production, transportation, and sale of any of the necessaries of life.” Continue reading
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” ~ Samuel Adams (1776)
Each year on April 19th, we honor the anniversary of Patriots’ Day and the legacy of Liberty launched that day, which is our inspiration to this day. In doing so, we mark the opening salvo of the first American Revolution in 1775, and the first step toward the establishment of an eternal declaration of human Liberty, subordinating the rule of men to Creator-inspired Rule of Law. Continue reading
On the last page of the front section of today’s Sunday Newspaper (April 6, 2014) is a small article which might be one of the significant indicators of the early steps to the third world war. It will probably be overlooked by a majority of readers. U.S. Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel announced that he will convey to Japanese leaders that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting their country’s security. The recent take over of Crimea by Russia has much of the world looking over their shoulder and wondering where the next shoe will drop.
Japan is sitting right in the middle of the tinderbox of the Far East. China is growing more militant daily over the island of Taiwan sitting off shore, free and independent. The Democratic party of the Free Republic of China would not have existed if not for the protection of the United States at the end of World War II. The United States protected and guarded Taiwan’s existence until it became a viable free country. By the same token then in a diplomatic move they gave the United Nations seat of Taiwan to Communist China. Continue reading
While the worst administration in American history has been perfecting the Big Lie that all dissent to their policy stems from conspiracy theorist wackos, they are the biggest conspiracy of all.
At this stage of the Fundamental Transformation of America, the wake up call should be glaringly obvious.
The administration controls the ‘news’. They control the narrative. They call the shots. They do the branding and the smearing with the name-calling they intend to make stick. Continue reading
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one…. We’re sure that almost all of you will recognize the beginning of this historic document. Notice its title; it was a declaration. Could just as easily have been called an affirmation. But it merely stated in words what was already reality. For all of Jefferson’s wisdom, his most popular piece was merely a restatement of fact. That it needed to be restated was the problem. In today’s world – on so many levels, we have this type of ersatz freedom rather than the real thing. We’re not independent. We’re not really free in any sense of the word. But because we can hop on a plane and, after having ourselves and our companions treated like cattle, fly off to Disney World, we think we’re free. Continue reading
CLAUDE FREDERIC BASTIAT was a French economist, legislator, and writer who championed private property, free markets, and limited government. Perhaps the main underlying theme of Bastiat’s writings was that the free market was inherently a source of “economic harmony” among individuals, as long as government was restricted to the function of protecting the lives, liberties, and property of citizens from theft or aggression. To Bastiat, governmental coercion was only legitimate if it served “to guarantee security of person, liberty, and property rights, to cause justice to reign over all.”
Bastiat emphasized the plan-coordination function of the free market, a major theme of the Austrian School, because his thinking was influenced by some of Adam Smith’s writings and by the great French free-market economists Jean-Baptiste Say, Francois Quesnay, Destutt de Tracy, Charles Comte, Richard Cantillon (who was born in Ireland and emigrated to France), and Anne Robert Jacques Turgot. These French economists were among the precursors to the modern Austrian School, having first developed such concepts as the market as a dynamic, rivalrous process, the free-market evolution of money, subjective value theory, the laws of diminishing marginal utility and marginal returns, the marginal productivity theory of resource pricing, and the futility of price controls in particular and of the government’s economic interventionism in general. Continue reading
“U.S. citizens ‘have their own tyrants to dethrone”
From a node in the neoconservative network, a Fox News studio, Charles Krauthammer has complained about the eviction of the Ukrainian Navy from the city of Sevastopol, where it was headquartered. Not a word did the commentator say about the city’s location: Sevastopol is on the Crimean Peninsula. It would appear that the city now falls within Crimean jurisdiction – starting March 16, the day the people of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine.
By most estimates, between 97 and 93 percent of Crimean voters said yes to a reunion with Russia. High too was voter turnout. McClatchy pegs it at 83 percent of registered voters in Crimea. BBC News was agreed, also reporting a ballot of “more than 80 percent.” Zerohedge.com counted a “paltry” 73 percent turnout, still “higher than every U.S. presidential election since 1900.” Continue reading
The psychopathic propaganda power brokers are inciting hysteria over expanding their Ukrainian coup operation. Pushing Russia to accept a hostile empire on their border is irrational. Belligerence and intimidation makes indefensible foreign affairs relationships. Those who swallow the “wag the dog” script that circulates in the Western mainstream media, deceived or brainwashed, are incapable of any independent thought. The forces that seek unremitting interventionist intrusions that thrive on self-induced chaos are the true threats to world peace. Continue reading
Or – How to piss off our readers.
Yeah – I know – an awful lot of you can’t stand the lady from Alaska – BUT – she has been more on the money than off – and given the Community Organizer in the White House – maybe the time has come for you all to forget about McCain (who only used her for her legs) and all of your sexist rants.
She may not be perfect – but I agree more with what comes out of her mouth than any of the rest of these DC Scumbags.
Oh – and by the way – Marcus gets it right – again! (JB)
I watched a great old movie, set in the time period of the 1700s and starring Anthony Quinn. A small village was brutally abused by an evil bandit and his army of thugs. Quinn’s character organized and inspired the fearful villagers to fight back. When villagers were killed, many blamed, criticized, and rejected Quinn. Displaying true leadership, Quinn remained willing to fight. He informed his critics that cowardice begets more tyranny. Freedom ain’t free.
Folks, true leaders pay a heavy price, which is why they, as do eagles, fly alone. Sarah Palin has led by example, displaying tremendous courage, backbone, and grit by standing up for conservative principles, traditional values, freedom, and liberty – even when some conservatives and establishment Republicans joined the chorus of liberals, Democrats, and MSM calling her a fool.
Someone said that if you promote a lie long enough, for some, it becomes reality. Such is the case regarding Palin’s smarts. Meanwhile, Obama’s list of faux pas – including his recent inability to correctly spell “respect” – are ignored or laughed off. Continue reading
After 2+1/2 long years, the families of 22 SEAL TEAM members, 8 Army Special Ops and National Guard soldiers and 1 loyal dog, finally got the congressional hearing they had been pleading for.
Their son’s Chinook helicopter was shot down in the Tangi Valley in Afghanistan under very suspicious circumstances in Aug 2011. It was the biggest one time loss ever in the history of SEAL Special Operations, and during the entire Middle East war on terror.
OF COURSE, this critical hearing wasn’t allowed to appear on the normal C-span channels on their sacred cow, the TELEVISION set. That tells you right there, they do NOT want the general public to know about this. It shows desperation to hide severe incompetence, wanton negligence, or more likely a crime. Continue reading
There are times when I cannot determine who is more stupid – politicians and their enforcers of unconstitutional acts, or the people that allow them to deny us our God-given right of free will; our inherent, inalienable rights of freedom – seemingly a forgotten concept.
In regard to politicians, Lenin called these wannabes within towns, cities, and states “useful idiots”. Why such a description? Well, it is because that is exactly what officials and their enforcers are.
But, useful to who or what? Are they useful to the people? You decide. As we all should know, there is a time when they appear to be and that is when they are campaigning in an election to get or keep their positions. This is as if the election and counting of votes is honest and above board. In the case of electronic and other falsified voting, “acting” is the name of the game. Thus, one must always look at what one does rather than what one says he or she will do. Continue reading
With all of the reports coming out of Ukraine, Moscow, Washington, and European capitals, the mutual accusations, the knee-jerk speculation, and not least the hysterical language of some observers, bordering on the apocalyptic, it is difficult to keep in mind the long-term implications of what is happening. Nevertheless, I believe that nobody can understand the likely outcomes of what is happening unless they bear in mind the historical, geographic, political and psychological factors at play in these dramatic events. The view of most of the media, whether Russian or Western, seems to be that one side or the other is going to “win” or “lose” Ukraine.
I believe that is fundamentally mistaken. If I were Ukrainian I would echo the immortal words of the late Walt Kelly’s Pogo: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Continue reading
Trapped. The Fedioukine Hills to one side and the Causeway Heights to the other.
At one end of this box is the British cavalry represented by British dragoons and dragoon guards. At the other awaits Russian artillery and cavalry.
Charge!! The blunder at Balaclava on October 25th 1854. The “Charge of the Light Brigade”.
The Crimea seems a favorite venue for Russian traps. Let us all hope that nothing is sprung from such ill advised offensive actions again. Continue reading
True pioneers who battled hardships, life and death situations, insecurity, the unknown, lawlessness, prejudice, abuse, interment, and unforgiving conditions, thanking God for their good fortune and their freedom
I am always fascinated by legal immigrants who left their loved ones and their homes behind, came to this country, and made America a special place unlike any other on earth. Their individual stories of true grit and endurance in the face of adversity gives our American citizens their unique character and cultural fabric.
I am not talking about the failed European multiculturalism model pushed by progressives to incorporate as many different ethnicities and religions as possible whether they fit in or not, including people who have broken the law or have given aid to our enemies. This societally disruptive and demographically suicidal model failed in Europe, it is certainly going to fail here. Continue reading
“Let them eat sh….!”
Michelle de la Grande Merde Superieure tweets doggie-pix to her sycophants – State Dinner with the French premier:
Allow me, her humble serf, to interpret this vital message for all of us American voters/taxpayers/peons/serfs:
“OMG.. Quelle view trays adorable – mes chiens – with their jewels…
“Don’t let this out, or the vast Right-Wing Conspiracy will be all over me for just having a bit of innocent fun with their tax dollars… While specials enjoy our tax-funded caviar and other modest “French” commestibles, let the rabble-swine eat… um…oh, whatever… let them scrounge… Continue reading