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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sharpton and Jackson: Racial Carpetbaggers

The Orlando Sentinel’s Rene Stutzman reported that in the Trayvon Martin killing, Martin followed George Zimmerman to his SUV.  When he caught up to him, Martin confronted him, asking whether George “had a problem,” to which Zimmerman replied, “No.”  Martin responded, “You do now,” or words to that effect.  Martin then punched Zimmerman in the face, knocking him to the ground; Trayvon jumped on him, and repeatedly bashed the back of his head into the pavement.  This is when Zimmerman fired.
Zimmerman is Hispanic; if both people had been Hispanic, the media would have yawned.  If both of them had been black, the legacy media would have suppressed the story as stigmatizing to the “community.”  However, since the National Enquirer types mis-identified Zimmerman as white, the vultures are circling, the jackals are yipping, and the civil rights shysters are howling for yet another expansion of extra privileges and benefits and still fewer requirements for individual responsibility for the racially challenged.
This Trayvon Martin situation is merely Al Sharpton-Tawana Brawley redux.  According to this Slate article, in 1987, Brawley claimed that at least two and possibly six white men, one of them carrying a badge, had repeatedly raped her.  Sharpton and company quickly expanded the travesty, claiming that on 33 separate occasions a local prosecutor named Steven Pagones had kidnapped, abused and raped Brawley.  
Finally, in apparent desperation, Sharpton…accused a local police cult with ties to the Irish Republican Army of perpetrating the alleged assault.  A grand jury investigation concluded in late 1988 that Brawley was not the victim of forcible sexual assault and that the whole thing was a hoax. 

Prosecutor Pagones won a $65,000 judgment in a defamation lawsuit against Sharpton and his cronies, but The Rev was able to duck responsibility for his actions because Johnnie Cochran and other Sharpton benefactors subsidized the payment.  Gosh, what a shock!  Cochran and other civil rights industry hustlers who benefit hand-over-fist from sleazy media and official government policies of racial discrimination in favor of melanin-positive people welfared Sharpton out of bearing commensurate consequences for his actions.

The photo above depicts a cherubic preadolescent Martin next to a surly and hostile looking Zimmerman.  Below that is a more current Martin photo sporting gang-favored gold capped teeth and a smiling Zimmerman.

There seems to be a pattern here of manipulating media, avoiding responsibility, and exploiting contrived and invented opportunities.  Jim Goad observes in his Taki’s Magazine article “Travonosaurus Rex,” that crass opportunists are using [Martin’s] corpse as a political Macy’s Parade balloon.  True to form, it seems that Sharpton, Jackson, et al are trying to help their constituents profit at public expense from dead relatives.  These mercenary rabble-rousers have a history of this sort of unseemly behavior.
Half-retarded “racial arsonist” Al Sharpton, apparently unashamed of showing his face in public after supporting the dubious causes of Tawana Brawley, Crystal Mangum, and the Jena 6, naturally fled down to Sanford, FL and led a mostly black crowd in a series of primitive chants and possibly subliminal voodoo incantations. The Reverend Jesse Jackson, still unscathed by last year’s charges of gay harassment, reared his porpoise-shaped head to claim that if Zimmerman is not arrested, “the protests will intensify and spill over into other dimensions,” which sounds vaguely threatening.
Threatening indeed, the riots and other Beat Whitey cowardice that are likely soon to come will follow the usual pattern.  The action will begin at liquor stores and pawnshops, spreading quickly to jewelry, clothing, electronics, and furniture outlets.  This will occur spontaneously in numerous metropolitan areas coordinated by sociopaths using cell phones and other similar electronic communication devices to advise their cohorts where to go for the looting.  Just like last time, Eric Holder will be too busy to bother investigating the people who use FCC regulated airways to conspire and direct wholesale looting, assault, arson, burglary, and destruction of property.
When will we learn that this government reflects its own interests and not those of ordinary Americans; hopefully, it come before November.  May your gods be with you.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Oz-bama: Don't Look Behind the Curtain

Obama’s myopic energy non-policy is a dangerous exercise in stealth and guile. Its front people promote and defend it with rhetorical misdirection and trust-me-I'm-with-the-high-command perfidy. In order to succeed, the Green Regime's spin meisters in the lapdog media must convince the public to suspend disbelief and disassociate cause and effect.
America’s TASS is trying to sell the tale that the federal Environmental Protection Agency, along with the US Departments of Energy and Interior  actually want energy from fossil fuels to be more readily available and affordable for the public. Actually, a preponderance of evidence shows that these government agencies have acted to drive up the cost of energy and to make it artificially scarce.  The current administration cites this contrived scarcity and the resulting price increases as justification for additional public investment in Team Obama's Clean Green Energy Machine; unfortunately, it is out of gas.   
The intended beneficiaries of this swindle are the same Obama cronies and economic supporters who have already squandered billions of tax dollars on the first failed clean tech experiment. Now, the very people who perpetrated that unsuccessful green energy scam want taxpayers to bail them out with fresh billions of Other People’s Money.  It is revealing that private sector investors, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists are not beating a path to invest in these so-called opportunities; thus, the only people willing to gamble are bureaucrats who plan to use—you guessed it—Other People’s Money.

Juliet Eliperin's Wired article "Why the Clean Tech Boom Went Bust" describes how Obama's socio/political and environmental flagship quickly became his administration's Hindenburg.  Consider a recent analysis by Matthew Nordan, a venture capitalist who specializes in energy and environmental technology. Of all the energy startups that received their first [venture capital] funds between 1995 and 2007, only 1.8 percent achieved what he calls unambiguous success.  Eliperin's article explains the lack of success.  

Prices for solar panels have fallen 40% recently, ensuring that China's 54% market share will increase; US industries simply cannot compete.  Wind turbine generated power remains significantly more costly than that produced by natural gas fired electrical plants.  Concerns over propellers killing eagles and other raptors have made permits for wind farms as difficult to obtain as those for coal fired generators.  Although energy from algae looks promising, the needed technology is elusive.  Researchers cannot produce it in sufficient quantities to make it viable. 

A kilowatt of energy produced from fossil fuels costs about $30; produced by fuel cells, it runs about $50.  Not only must the price decrease to be competitive, we only have about 60 refueling stations in the country.  Our current hydrogen infrastructure is comparable to the US interstate highway system in 1950.

Hopes for a viable cellulosic biofuel industry have all but evaporated since the US revised its anticipated production downward in 2010 from 100 million gallons annually to 6.6 million per year.  The sugars from this type of biomass are simply far too difficult to extract compared to those in corn; additionally, it can cost up to four times as much to build a cellulosic biofuel processing plant.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan yesterday released a proposed budget that would immediately terminate all programs that allow government to play venture capitalist with taxpayers’ money.  This budget reverses the President’s policies that drive up gas prices, and instead promotes an all-of-the-above strategy for unlocking American energy production to help lower costs, create jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Preventing the federal government from fleecing taxpayers with future 500 billion dollar Solyndra-like schemes seems prudent.  Undoubtedly, those who wish to continue rewarding their constituents with Other People's Money will disagree.

May your gods be with you.  

Friday, March 16, 2012

Home Again, Home Again

Thanks to all the readers who continued to visit the Empress Website in its author’s absence. Reports of the Empress’s death were premature and motivated by wishful thinking. Be grateful to your gods while good health and wellbeing last because both are ephemeral. When Dame Misfortune calls, remember that bad luck cannot last forever; the game is still afoot until we cross the river Styx.

With a shinai made up of rational deliberation, empirical evidence, scientific observation, and objective reason and bound together by dedication of purpose, this blog will continue to confront, confound, and challenge liberty’s adversaries at every opportunity. Pithy new posts exposing and lampooning postmodern progressives will begin arriving shortly.

May your gods be with you.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Involuntary Deception?

Clinton lied.  A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is.  Barbara Bush
Anyone in the US who fails to recognize that Team Obama's Stimulus I & II were miserable failures is either catatonic, an Obama supporter, or both.  Unemployment has lessened a bit recently, but it is because companies are preparing early for a desperately needed Christmas spending spree that has failed to materialize in recent years.  Obama had absolutely nothing to do with this.
President Obama’s own economists have reported that his stimulus did very little, if anything, to stimulate the economy, and a whole lot to stimulate the debt.  Worse yet, the jobs that he claims to have saved or created cost taxpayers $278,000 per job.  Perhaps most galling of all is that those same economists report that in comparison to how things would otherwise have been, the “stimulus” has been working in reverse…causing the economy to shed jobs.  Now, he is asking for more of the same failed experiment.   
Obama has been on the campaign trail offering excuses for the third major redistribution offensive of his soon to be only presidential term.  In order to do this, he wants Congress to pass a bill to raise taxes beginning in January of 2013.  It is purely coincidental that the recessionary effects of those tax hikes would begin just after Election 2012.  So, if the revenue for Stim III will not be available until sometime in 2013, where does he plan to get the money in the meantime?  What a shock; he will borrow it. 
He wants to borrow another half-trillion dollars to create an infrastructure slush fund and squander it on public and private union supporters and re-election contributors and repay it 2013 after he plans to be safely ensconced in another term.  You bet, Barack; we believe you.  What he plans is simply to add that half-trillion to the national debt, and his propaganda machine, the national lapdog media, are busy selling the tale for him.
Here is the scam.  If Congress refuses to authorize borrowing the money for him to spend vote buying, Obama will continue blaming his adversaries for the mess that he and his minions have made of our economy.  If Congress writes the check, he has another big pile of other people’s cash to give to unions to money-lauder through their political action committes to send to Obama for re-election funding. 

Obama is quite a bit like the nation’s first black president Bill Clinton.  Democratic Senator Bob Kerry of Nebraska said of him, Clinton is an unusually good liar. Unusually good.  Clinton and Obama appear to engage in pathological deception since they seem to believe their own dissembling.  Perhaps this is because their connections to truth, honesty, and integrity are so tenuous that they can release their hold and float outside of their influence when needed.
I did not have sexual relations with that woman Monica Lewinsky.  You don’t normally raise taxes in a recession.  Maybe Obama is just parroting the words that he was told to articulate.
May your gods be with you.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Obama's Albatross

Elizabeth Warren is genuinely shocked and offended that so many people whose livelihoods do not depend on tax dollars are themselves shocked and offended at her obstinate claims upon their resources.  At a time when Barack Obama is desperately feigning that he is not himself, Elizabeth Warren is stridently repeating his previously articulated message of progressive, collectivist, and totalitarian beliefs and values. 
As the President is disavowing his long-held connections to liberal progressivism like Anthony Weiner denying his online exhibitionism, Warren is evangelizing for ObamaCare and Frank-Dodd type government confiscation of private enterprise.  Those highways you drive on?  The state has deigned to provide them—and don't you dare—ever—to forget this. 
Perhaps Elizabeth would like convert all of the major streets and highways in the country into limited access toll roads so that everyone who uses them has to contribute directly to their maintenance and upkeep.  Like one of Hitler’s brownshirts stabbing his hand into the air, Warren's video-taped performance is a tour de force of arrogance, elitism, and the socialist mindset.  A snarling demand for control combined with contempt bursting forth from an eerily [Obama-like] assumption of moral superiority.
Warren castigates an industrialist straw man for hiring workers the rest of us paid to educate.  Ye Gods!  Consider the audacity of this latter day Robber Baron, giving a job to someone mis-educated by Elizabeth’s education union supporters who contribute money-laundered tax dollars to her campaign.  This current version of Hillary Clinton’s it takes a village catch phrase is making many of today’s Democratic office-seekers wince.
She continued excoriating her imaginary enemy in the manner of some guileless, fevered Marxist.  The peasants, she lectured (peasants defined today as working Americans), actually work for the state…not the other way around.  All those public employees out there?  You, peasant Americans, work for them.  It is revealing that someone who relies upon government enforcers to fleece private sector workers of their hard-earned cash could have the audacity to hold, much less express, such beliefs.
Green Lantern points out that to Warren’s way of thinking, things such as roads, law enforcement, and education can only be provided by the government.  Without the state, every private business in America would be besieged by mobs trying to rip off their inventory and sell their machinery for scrap.  Most likely, they would be flash mobs comprised of I’m-Entitled Obama supporters.  
Elizabeth parrots Obama supporter Michael Moore’s claims that the government owns the nation’s wealth, not to the people who earned it through private enterprise.  Her anti-freedom, anti-entrepreneurial message [exposes] the mind of somebody who embraces totalitarianism.  Her AAA credentials as an Obama aide, Harvard professor, and Democratic candidate for the Senate show that she is a soul mate of ACORN community organizer Barack Obama.
Warren is a living reminder of the economic and social mess that Democrats have created.  For Republicans, she is an asset; for Democrats, she is an albatross about their collective neck.  Undoubtedly, many of them feel that she should have heeded the advice of former Republican president Abraham Lincoln who observed that it is better to be silent and thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.
May your gods be with you.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Education Nation

Let's reintroduce corporal punishment in the schools - and use it on the teachers.  PJ O'Rourke

The following is an updated version of a post from 2/15/11.

The Center for American Progress is a  progressive organization that has published a report exposing gross inefficiency in government-run education programs.  It is a return on investment analysis of each state in the nation on a county-by-county basis.  The report describes itself as a district-by-district evaluation of educational productivity, or "how much learning a district produces for every dollar spent."

Among the more interesting findings are that "more education spending will not automatically improve student outcomes," and that there is "no clear relationship between spending and achievement."  Further, students "from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to be enrolled in highly inefficient schools."  This is an interesting correlation.  The least efficient, and presumably least effective, teachers are flocking to work at those schools that have the greatest percentage of disadvantaged students, saddling the most needy students with the worst teachers.

Perhaps there is a causal link between poor learning performance and students attending schools with high proportions of poorly performing teachers.  Are parents of these students simply incapable of noticing that their children are academic failures, or is this failure hidden by social promotion?  This policy of unearned promotion seems to be an effective tool to help educators avoid accountablilty to taxpayers.

"States and districts fail to evaluate the productivity of schools and districts.  While the nation spends billions of dollars on education, only two states, Florida and Texas, currently provide annual school-level productivity evaluations, which report to the public how well funds are being spent at the local level."  The people and government entities being paid to provide our educational product are accountable to those who pay them in only two of fifty states.  Parents are getting the green weenie.

For anyone who does not recognize that tenure essentially means lifetime employment regardless of unproductive or incompetent performance, this chart might be enlightening.  It illustrates the process required to fire a teacher in New Jersey.  Perhaps there is a correlation between intelligence as reflected by academic achievement and college major.

This chart shows that among the ten listed majors, education majors score most poorly on standardized tests.  Hmmm...the least intellectually gifted among us are striving to get government positions from which they virtually cannot be fired for being shiftless, irresponsible, or inept.  These jobs include lavish pensions and benefits that are guarantied by taxpayers.  Speaking of the green weenie.

May your gods be with you.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hypnenated Education

Borg is the finished product of American education.  Borg is the collective consciousness crowd of people who have unquestioningly adopted the prepackaged collection of values and beliefs given to them in progressive/postmodern government schools.  Only through free minds engaged in critical thinking can this oppressive, diversity-intolerant ideology be replaced with a more laissez faire, live-and-let-live approach to acquiring knowledge.

The extent to which we can free our minds from the political and philosophical influences conditioned into our subconscious selves by agents of the state in government-run schools is the approximate extent to which we can become critical thinkers.  Educational poseurs pay lip service to teaching critical thinking; however, this red herring merely directs attention away from their indoctrination of children through affective education. 

There is only one Education, and it has only one goal:  the freedom of the mind.  Anything that needs an adjective, be it civics education, or socialist education, or Christian education, or whatever-you-like education, is not education, and it has some different goal.  The very existence of modified "educations" is testimony to the fact that their proponents cannot bring about what they want in a mind that is free.  An "education" that cannot do its work in a free mind, and so must "teach" by homily and precept in the service of these feelings and attitudes and beliefs rather than those, is pure and unmistakable tyranny.  ~Richard Mitchell, The Underground Grammarian. 

Affective, or emotional, education is the antithesis of critical thinking because it forces its subjects to ratify beliefs emotionally rather than to evaluate them rationally.  To think critically is to require justification as a condition of accepting as valid any proclamation, value, belief, assertion, opinion, or policy issued from agents of the state, especially in schools.  The state exists to serve itself, and critical thinking allows one to recognize that people in government service serve those who govern, not the governed.  The state uses schools to indoctrinate, or socialize, people into accepting normative expectations devised by those in power. 

Beginning in grade K, the state assails children with Skinnerian Behavior Modification techniques, or operant conditioning.  This manipulates them into actively participating in their own indoctrination.  Educator/indoctrinators praise and reward children for embracing group thought and punish, reject, and ostracize those who think independently.  The status quo can only remain in power if the public lacks the cognitive resources needed to question the authority of the federal Education Department and its local agents to force children to accept state-mandated values and beliefs. 

To retain this power, education/indoctrination must be mandatory for everyone and begin while children are too young to think for themselves.  Benjamin Bloom, the grandfather of Outcome Based Education, a form of indoctrination through affective education, said that the purpose of education is to change the thoughts, feelings, and actions of students.  It is also the purpose of brainwashing.  Home schooling and independent schools are mortal enemies of thought and speech police run government schools.

Today, far too many parents are unable to think critically or to choose rationally; therefore, they blindly send their children into education’s self-perpetrating loop of ignorance and obedience.  To them, grades K-6 represent cost-free daycare; grades 7-12 warehouse the teenage children of uninvolved and uninterested parents.  This serves the needs of the state because a critical thinker will establish an arms-length adversarial relationship with the state, one in which the state must continually prove itself worthy to govern.  

This is the postmodern/progressive education state’s version of the road to serfdom.  We are poorly educated and rationally challenged wage slaves incapable of extricating ourselves from the mess that we have created because we are too ignorant to recognize our plight.  After all, B. F. Skinner observed that education is learning to express your ignorance in scientific terms.

May your gods be with you.