Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pecking order

So we Americans all bow to Obama, and Obama bows to everybody else, is that it? Or does he only bow to non-White royalty? Michelle pats White queens on the back.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

Almost a year in office, and the Vatican hasn't even begun to discuss sainthood for Obama. Buncha racists.

Did you know about this?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Truth coming out again

Nigerian professor says politically incorrect things.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Prince of Darkness

I found myself in agreement with Bob Novak more than any other pundit. There's a nice piece on him here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Chris Matthews

I used to enjoy Chris Matthews for his goofiness, but now he's gone beyond the pale. He belongs in some other country, not this one.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Moral Question

The question for the talking heads is, did Crowley go too far when he arrested Gates. I think the answer is obviously no. The REAL question is, did Harvard go to far when they hired that moron Gates in the first place. Much more interesting question.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Fred's back

Fred is writing columns again.  He's always worth reading, whether you agree with him or not.  Check him out here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Greg Cochran

I've just started reading The 10,000 Year Explosion.  I recommend it.  I'll have more to say about it when I've finished.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ayn Rand

How about that?  Soon after writing that Ayn Rand post, I found this on the net.



It's for sale here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ayn Rand

I'm not a Randian.  My take is that she said a lot of accurate things, and had some very important insights.  Much the same way I feel about C. S. Lewis.  Both of them had a lot of wisdom, but neither had a unified field theory.  Having said that, I'll add that Atlas Shrugged should be required reading for everybody.  Interestingly, there's a surge in sales for the half-century old book, now that we're living in Obama's collectivist paradise.  Much like there's a run on candle sales when the electricity starts flickering.

Minarchy

I suppose I'm a minarchist, believing as I do that the government should be no bigger or more powerful than is absolutely necessary.  I do think that government is a necessary evil, "necessary" in the sense of inevitable rather than needful.  In other words, that it is inevitable that government will come into existence spontaneously willy-nilly, that being the nature of Man.  But some who think much as I do go further, and call for no government at all.  Here's the example of Joseph Sobran.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sarah Palin yet again

How about that!  Sarah Palin Pac ads have started showing up on this blog.  For those of you who don't know, Google Ads does the deciding about what ads appear on what blogs.  So this blog must seem like a friendly place for Sarah.  And it is.  Now, Ron Paul is the one — I'd make him Emperor of the Universe if I could — but in practical terms, it's not much of a stretch to see Sarah getting nominated and elected next time, especially if our new AA Prez keeps up like he has been. Sarah for President, and Ron Paul for Éminence grise.  The Beauty and the Best.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

WHAMS beware

If you're reading this blog, chances are you're a WHAM, and you're a target.  This is explained byt Paul Craig Roberts.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Human motivation

My wife and I were watching the movie Gandhi, the part early on where the clergyman tells Gandhi that "turn the other cheek" was meant metaphorically.  I mulled a moment, and said,
"All human beings are born with their own cultural heritage, and all human beings have desires.  Their attempt to reconcile those two things explains history."

My wife said that I'd said something profound, so I thought I'd better post it.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Obama' great economic plan

If you're reading this blog, you already know Obama's economics are pure snake oil, but here's a splendid, easy-to-follow explanation of just where he goes wrong on Takimag.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Walter Williams

I've been reading Williams for a long time, and highly recommend him.  Here he comments on Eric Holder's "cowards on race" statement.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sarah Palin again

Tom Sowell provides insight into why the talking heads hate Palin so much in his column.

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Nation of Cowards

Eric Holder says we're a nation of cowards concerning talking about race.  Well, he's certainly right about Phil Gramm.  He talks about the diversity disaster without mentioning race, which is of course at the root of the whole problem.  Steve Sailer tells us about it here.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sarah Palin

I wouldn't say I have great hopes for Sarah Palin, but I have hopes, and I can't see anyone else in either party to be hopeful about.  The press's reaction to her says a lot about the press, but it does say a lot about their conception of Sarah Palin.  Basically, they hate her as a person.  She delegitimatizes a lot of their myths.  For one thing, she's purely redneck, insofar as the word has a valid referent.  That is, she springs from the anarchistic, self-reliant core group of the United States, which began as the Scotch-Irish, but which gladly assimilated individuals from other groups who wanted to be a part of their world-view and moral system.  And, she has those redneck characteristics that largely made us a great nation.  Self-reliance at the top.  Then, a preference for doing the right thing according to one's moral code without reference to authority. And she's a part of the gun culture, one of the things about redneckery that the ruling class just can't stand.

For another thing, she knocks feminism into a tailspin.  Feminism, as it is today, is basically just a branch of Marxism, theorizing that women just can't make it without massive government coersion and an adherence to all the principles of feminism — at the top of which is the principle that marriage enslaves women.  Todd doesn't seem to have enslaved Sarah.

And, of course, the fact that she's a wildly popular and successful governor is pretty much ignored by the media.  I'd think that should count for a lot, but to them it's just an annoyance.

Finally, some people are born to the ruling class (Bush) and some weasel their way into it (Obama, Clinton), but they are definitely a part of it, by birth or adoption.  One of the ways to get adopted is to go to the approved elite schools, Harvard, Yale, etc., where they might not teach you much, but they sure do indoctrinate you.   Well, that's another demerit for Sarah. For me, it's a plus that she didn't sit at the feet of the Marxist masters of the Universe, but carved out her own life without reference to the leftist educrats.

I don't think she's a deep thinker, but she seems to have principles, which is more than I can say for McCain or Obama or Clinton or Biden — the list goes on.

My biggest disagreement with her is about the war.  But I don't disagree with her attitude. That is to say, she supports the war because she's convinced it's in America's interests.  If I thought it was, I'd support it too.  Now, the neocons support it because they have some kind of bizarre connection to Israel, pure and simple, and couldn't care less whether it's in America's interests or not.  Indeed, we've heard from a certain self-destructive faction in both parties that it's more moral to do good things around the world whether they're in our interest or not, than it is to have foreign policy based on our own interest.  Needless to say, I think that's perverse and suicidal.

But back to Palin:  I believe that she will do what she perceives as good things for the country.  Obama, OTOH, seems to want to do thing that he sees as more important than the good of the country.  We have to let illegal aliens (like the one who seems to have murdered Chandra Levy) come in freely, because it's the right thing to do, never mind what effect they have on us.  And we have to borrow billions more from China to bail out people who got mortgages they couldn't afford, because that's the right thing to do, never mind what it does to the country at large.  In this, and many other things, Obama isn't a change from Bush policy so much as he's an intensification of it.

So what I want to see is those of us on the rational right working hard to bring Sarah Palin up to speed on what's actually going on.  She's clearly the most attractive candidate around, so I recommend that all right-thinkers support her at this point and hope to bring her the facts.  I'm pretty confident that, with the right facts, she'll do the right thing.

Plenty of people have prepared campaign materials for her for 2012.  Here's some that are particularly cute.

Please comment and let me know what you think.  We certainly don't need any more country-club Republican candidates.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Honest Abe

This is a must-see about Lincoln, from Takimag.  I can't figure out how to upload it here, so you'll have to watch it on YouTube.

Friday, February 13, 2009

On Racism and Racists

Formerly, a 'racist' was defined as someone who didn't like other races.  That seems to have changed.  A better definition for our times would be "Someone who realizes that other races don't like him."

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Darwin

There were three great revolutions in thinking in the 19th century, begun by three men — Marx, Freud, and Darwin.  The first two have been thoroughly accepted by the world, and their thinking permeates and informs almost all political and social trends today.  But Darwin is still resisted, both on the left and the right.  If you read those links, you'll see that, for the most part, Darwin is misunderstood by the right, and their hostility to him is based on the fact that the left has used him to try to destroy religion, which is silly.  Darwin is in no credible way in opposition to religion.  Now, the left, in part, at least, understands him, but twists him out of recognition, as I said, to use him as a club to hit religion with.

I've been a Darwinist since I was old enough to understand the idea, and I've never wavered.   Darwinism is no more pro- or anti-religious than physics is.  It's simply scientific thinking and research applied to biology, and, I maintain, very little can be understood about mankind and history without Darwinian principles.  The left is totally hostile to Darwin because all his principles contradict their utopian, authoritarian world-view.  

In contrast to Darwin, Marx and Freud present unscientific paradigms of reality that are completely undermined by an examination of history and human behavior.  Despite that, the two charlatans seem to form the basis of all our political thinking these days.  I'll have more to say in the future about a Darwinian view of humanity, but for now, I'll just remark that we're hearing a lot about Lincoln's birthday, and relatively little about Darwin's (both are the same day).

Now, then — how many people did Darwin get killed, in contrast to Lincoln?  I have mixed feelings about Lincoln, as everybody ought to.  You have to admit, he left a real mess behind him.  Some people think the mess was preferable to conditions before the Civil War.  I have my doubts.  But I have no doubts about Darwin.  He left the world a better, more rational place.  

Happy birthday, Charles Darwin.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Young Marine treated like !@#$!@#

Can you believe this?

We're ruled by idiots, that's for sure.  This training should be happening at the school, if anything, not treated as though it were some kind of perverse behavior.  Come to think of it, they're teaching perverse behavior as "alternate lifestyles" in a lot of schools. We have people getting shot up and threatened by gangbangers daily, the streets are dangerous as hell, and the response by the powers that be are to ensure that those of who are well-behaved are insulated from even the sight of a fake firearm.

Nope, guns should be part of the curriculum in all schools.  As the Constitution says, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Since the gummint requires us to send our kids to school, the schools ought to take responsibility for their safety, and that means allowing them to defend themselves, if they're old enough, and to make sure the teachers and administrators are armed and trained to defend the kids.  One more link.   This was written right after the Columbine massacre.  I can't find any flaw in it.  Wolves Slaughter Sheep: Shepherd Baffled.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sterilize the Octomom?

Should the Octomom be sterilized?  I'm inclined to think so.  Steve Sailer discusses it here.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Lesser of two idiots

Are you one of those people who, like me, last November voted for an obvious evil idiot to try to keep an even more obvious evil idiot from getting elected, and failed in that attempt?  Well, if you are, you might want this bumper sticker.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Definition of Social Democracy

Social Democracy — the theory that people are too stupid to run their own lives, but are smart enough to elect people to run it for them.

Michelle

In an amazing coincidence, now that she's gone to DC, Michelle Obama's $300,000.00 "job" at the hospital has been found not to be necessary after all.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Inkheart

Just saw Inkheart, and it's recommended.  I'll watch just about anything with Brendan Fraser in it, I guess.  Don't want to give anything away, but I'll say that it's a very literary movie, with lots of cute allusions to things.  Actually, it reminds me of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next novels, with a clever device of linking the real world with the universes inside literature, with delightful results.  And it's a chance to see Helen Mirren do something funny, which she's good at.

First Post — Introduction

This blog is called Ex-Army, because that's what I am, and my Army experience informs a lot of my thinking.  But this isn't a military blog.  I hope to blog about politics, philosophy, culture, and other subjects, and review a book or a movie now and then.  I'll also link to sites that might interest you.  And I'll include some pearls of wisdom now and then, like this:

"Racism is no longer a problem.  Today's big problem is tabula-rasism."

This refers to the big myth of our time, that humans are infinitely malleable, and that we have no intrinsic characteristics.  This notion is called "tabula rasa," or "clean slate," and declares that heredity is nothing, or at least negligible, and environment is everything.  Steven pinker wrote a book refuting that concept, called The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. I recommend it highly.

Tabula-rasism manifests in lots of scary ways, not least in education.  It's assumed by many that with proper education anybody can learn anything.  This is clearly not so, but the myth hangs on, because it's in many ways the core of political correctness.  That is, what amounts to a religious faith that all human beings are basically interchangeable. 

Such a view, contrary to both commons sense and science, leads to bad public policy and frustrating results.

Discuss.