Making the Donuts

Ask me if I approve of Trump’s brilliant business plan to build a Tower in Moscow, give Putin the $50 million dollar penthouse and charge all the wannabe oligarchs an additional $250 million per residence in order to live amongst the uber elite. Remember Trump had put this plan into work before he chose to run for office and even at a later stage in the project development, he was still only running in the GOP primary.

I don’t see this as a conflict of interest, but I do admire the vision. It was a pure reflection of the man himself- bold and bodacious. I’m only sorry it had to be discarded for obvious reasons but I will continue to support a man who dreams big … er… huge!

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Democracy Good, Populism Bad?

“Democracy”  is rule according to the will of the demos, the people,  meaning those citizens who have rights and duties in a polity .  Either directly or indirectly those citizens choose their country’s leadership by force of numbers. Do you agree?

“Populism” is what it’s called when a majority of the people feel they aren’t getting what they want from their government, and begin a movement or profess support for a leader who think she the same. Agreed?

I just read that democracy is a form of government, populism is an ideology.  (But isn’t populism the underlying ideology in a democracy?)

Populism the ideology  can be a corrective in a democratic society, when the means of choosing its leaders and legislators and/or or the protections they enjoy in power insulate them from the will of the people.

But they say, populism is dangerous , leads to autocracy and demagoguery.

Populist leaders might aggregate power to themselves only to frustrate the goals of their opponents and impose their own agenda on the nation.

Well, um……isn’t that what we mean when we echo Buraq Hussein’s immortal words: “I won.  Elections have consequences.”?

Where does this leave us?  People who want to govern in a democratic society like ours, have to, and do, appeal to the electorate, speak to them, win them over.

And so would a “populist”.  Right?

I get that to “compare” democracy to populism is an apples/oranges type thing if populism is “only” a philosophy and democracy is a comprehensive system of government.

And I get that democracy contains checks to prevent “tyranny of the majority”, but it occurs to me that that’s idea might occur to a populist as well: there’s nobody in America, (or there didn’t used to be) who doesn’t see herself as sui generis.  Our most beloved poem, I read somewhere, is Frost’s The Road Not Taken.  We all  like  to think  we took the road less travelled.  Populism as an ideology in America does not mean voluntarily succumbing to mind control; it means the opposite.

So Ratty, I am humbly asking:

Why is democracy good, populism bad?

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The Theory of Dark Suckers

10 Cents and I were discussing light bulbs on the late night phone call. And it brought to mind an old piece of text explaining why we should not call them light bulbs, but rather “dark suckers”. I have not the time to convert this old text to incorporate the newer LED type of dark suckers, but here it is in the older format.

Enjoy. Continue reading “The Theory of Dark Suckers”

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Geno from The Bronx Takes Rush to the Woodshed

Geno from The Bronx should have his own radio show.  On Thursday’s Rush Limbaugh show, at the end of the third hour, he called in and gave Rush an almighty hiding about Rush’s advice to conservatives to avoid the conservative label, which admittedly has a PR problem.  Now I see Rush’s point, and his advice is not necessarily bad, but there is also, as Geno points out, an aspect of ceding ground to the creeping left.

Rush:

“Progressive,” without even being accurately defined sounds wonderful! Progress, moving forward, current, advanced. Only good things. Conservative means you don’t like anything new, you’re trying to hold on to the past, you’re trying to save things, and you’re not trying to expand, you’re not trying to learn, you’re not trying to grow, you just — you just closed-minded. And so my thought is to stop using the term, stop describing yourself as a conservative, proudly or otherwise. Don’t label yourself at all.

‘Cause the minute you do, a certain percentage of these left wingers just gonna stop listening to you, and they’re going to think whatever they have been told to think about you, before they ever get to know you. But if instead of being seen as a conservative because you never identify yourself as such, you instead focus on solving problems […].

The issue with this is one I have pointed out many times over the previous 10-12 years, namely that the left is not impressed with arguments, that they argue not to engage in dialogue, but to delay, deny, and defeat opposing points of view in a way that has nothing to do with facts, logic or words.  The right argues to convince — after all we have the better arguments.  The left argues to shut down arguments.  It is no accident that you cannot pin a leftist down on facts, or even get them to stay on topic.  One (that is to say, two) cannot have a conversation if the topic cannot be defined, and the left is not interested in conversation, but in victory.

Rush has accurately diagnosed one of the problems with the term “progressive”, but he habitually deals with this by calling them liberals instead.  This is unfortunate, because the recent meaning of the term “liberal” in American discourse means leftist, whereas its classical meaning is rich in history of opposing top-down power.  By rights, small-government conservatives are classical liberals, in the same way that Robin Hood was a conservative — he stole not from “the rich”, but from a confiscatory government.  He handed those riches not to “the poor” but to the merchants of the town and those who tilled the earth and shoveled the poop — Robin Hood was a tax reform activist, and a liberal in the classic sense — his time was the classical era.

Progressivism and its definition is a topic I will take up in another post.  Rush would do well to get on board the Haakon Dahl wagon of calling progressives what they are.  If we defined *their* label better, the contrast with our label would stand much more clearly.  In an era of powerful, centralizing government, from the Wilson administration through the present, conservatism is inherently liberal — in the classical sense.

Geno from The Bronx has had enough, and takes Rush to task for advising that we drop the term “conservative” from our discourse with those for whom the term is poisoned.  While I do see great utility in seeming to come from nowhere until a conversation is established, and discretion is not at all a bad habit to develop — give away less information than you gain, and take the other person to task for his position’s lack of merit, rather than make a claim and withstand the attack — the fact is that the rest of that conversation does not happen.  They are not listening, and they do not want to.  All we will have accomplished by dropping the label of conservative from our ideological business card is to drop a flag in the dirt, and walk away as if it were not ours.

Geno (much text snipped throughout — go read the whole wonderful thing):

Rush, I’m very disappointed in you and in fact, quite honestly, I’m angry with you because of what you told that lady two days ago and what you told the other call today earlier today in the program.

I’m here to tell you it’s time for you to go back to the way you were and take back what you said today! Because I’m gonna give it to you straight. I live in the Bronx. I’m on the front lines. I every day have to confront left-wing lizards and brain-dead Bolsheviks! And they give me a hard time every day, but I get right back in their face and I tell ’em, “You go to hell!”

And now you gonna tell me that I should back down and that I should somehow say, well, I’m not a conservative, but I’m a problem solver because I should fear these fools that are out there. No, Rush. It’s time for you to get back to basics.

[To progressives: ] You’re an imbecile, you’re an idiot, you’re a jackass and you’re gonna help destroy our country from within, if we listen to the crap that you’re trying to tell us.

So I’m gonna give you an opportunity right here and now, Rush, on your own show to take back what you said to that lady yesterday and earlier today, otherwise what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna come and I’m gonna take that microphone away from you and gonna be the Jay Leno to your Johnny Carson!

Admit you’re wrong and do it right here, right now.

After some back and forth, Geno also announced that he was gonna come down to Florida, take the mic from Rush, and Rush told him it was open line Friday tomorrow (today), and that he was welcome to take over.  “I haven’t taken a vacation this year.” Geno also let Rush know that a long-promised Chicken Parmesan dinner for Rush and his wife was no longer available, and that Mr. Snerdley would get the dinner before Rush ever would unless Rush recanted.

I’ll see if this audio snippet becomes available.  I may extract a bit of the under Fair Use provisions, to give a full sense of the tone of the call.  Meanwhile, the whole transcript is available at the link in the first paragraph of this post.  And I would love to hear Geno on the show on Friday.

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A must see: The Ingraham Angle

IMHO; it ain’t only the Clintons…  Desperate Obama wants credit for Trump economy. (No surprise there, I never trusted that man. I took an oath to respect the office of the president, I did and I will respect the office, But I could never respect that man that held that office for those turbulent eight years.)

Continue reading “A must see: The Ingraham Angle”

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Gaza Into The Future

In May 2018 I wrote 2 posts Elsewhere Clueless in Gaza, I and II.  The first was promoted to MF.   They were about the constant slow suicide being orchestrated at the Israel/Gaza border.

Israel vacated Gaza 14 years ago now,  forcibly removing its own citizens from their homes.  It left the infrastructure it had constructed intact.  Gaza won!  It had driven out the civilizers–uh, oppressors,  sorry.

As the world knows, left to themselves the Gazans effed  it up big time.

Or does the world know this?

If so,,why are these hapless bozos,  throwing rocks and rolling burning tires, hellbent on committing suicide by soldier, sending their little children ahead to certain death or grievous bodily harm–

somehow regarded as oppressed victims  to be pitied for their self-imposed misery?

How is this possible, I used to wonder.

i wonder no more.  Our southern border is now Camp of the Saints.  Although it’s bad taste to ask who the puppet masters are, a mass of people, well-fed and fit to judge from the photographs, have been induced to voluntarily leave their homes  to come to encamp on our border.

Quite predictably, they are now becoming sick due to overcrowding, exposure, concentrations of diseases endemic in their countries, inadequate sewage facilities.

Niw the Left can call it a “humanitarian crisis”! YAY!!!! Cuz once you affix that label, no one inquires as to the cause of the misery, we can’t even ask who supplied the brand new busses that got them here! and anyone who even attempts to do so is a heartless racist.

We saw this with the children’s exodus from Guatemala in response to Buraq Hussein’s dogwhistle.  Um…who packed up those kids and put them on The Beast?  They didn’t initiate the journey on their own!  But who cares?  They’re here now,  and it’s OUR problem, you stingy old meanies!!

And:  Winter is coming.  (Uh, surely they must’ve known that…?) 

What did they think was going to happen?

But as in Gaza, it’s  useless to say,

hey!  Turn around!  Look back at your own country, right behind you, a place where you, a native, can hope to exercise some autonomy.  Where, if nothing else, you did have food and shelter.

No, the US is Israel now, and the southern border is Gaza.  These people have created or at least colluded in creating their own wretched physical misery, they will not accept any help or solution that does not involve total capitulation by the US and abandonment of our laws.

And this is just the beginning: no matter what happens to the present swarm, there will be more, and more, and more, right behind them.

Just like Gaza.

This is our future.

Prove that I lie. 

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Heart-throb Hottie

Here’s a young lady with an awesome voice and no short amount of good music behind her.  Apparently this is one of the airheads who decided to join in some witchcraft “binding ceremony” (whatever the Hell that is) against Trump or whatever, but I’m not asking her for advice on world issues.

This song in particular was my introduction to her because of a lawsuit filed about this song too closely resembling another, or more specifically, two other one songs, one of which credited the other.  Lana “Del Rey” Elizabeth Grant credited nobody.  But you know what?  WHile I DEFINITELY hear the similarity, I also hear echoes, perhaps even callbacks, references to other artists, including Muse and Neil Young.  Man, you know time is flying when Muse might be getting callbacks.

The world of music is a conversation, and references to previous work is valid.  I think she did well with a well-worn chord progression, and I can see how the lawsuit got filed.  But I’m just as happy that the plaintiffs didn’t win, no matter how much I enjoyed them (saw them in concert TWICE).

I’ll link at another time to more information on the lawsuit’s origin.  For now — here’s Lana Del Rey, easy on the eyes and got a good thing going on with the groove.

Just don’t ask her about world events.  That’s not her bag, baby.

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Virtual Success!

First post on this topic here.

Quick Update: I have successfully cloned my daily driver Windows7 machine into a virtual format.  The system has passed the first test, which is being run as a virtual machine, hosted on its proper machine source.  To whit; my HP laptop runs Windows7, on that system I run an app called VirtualBox, which creates a virtual computer all in software.  That “computer” then runs the virtual Windows7 sitting on a USB drive.  So I have a window of one computer sitting on the desktop of another computer.  When I save a text file on the desktop of the virtual computer, it does not appear on the host computer.

I am seeing a performance hit of about a 20% reduction, that is the virtual machine runs at 80% of the original, but that is using a limited linear test of my own devising.  I notice informally a much greater slowdown *intermittently*.  This shows up in stuttering mouse and delayed window actions.  I have not run any application more complex than notepad.exe within the guest (virtual).  I’ll save that for when I run the guest on my newer system, the MS Surface Pro(5).  My ultimate hope is that the performance increase between the 2013 HP laptop and the 2018 MS Surface Pro is enough to make good the performance hit from running on bare metal to running in a hosted environment.  I once had a copy of SoftWindows98 running on my 1998 G3 PowerBook (WallStreet).  Windows 98 ran exceedingly slowly.  I later ran the whole get-up on a G4 iMac (the dome with the monitor waving about, GREAT computer), and it screamed.

So here’s to virtualizing.  Why?  Because my beloved HP laptop will die soon.  I’ll trim the virtual one by getting rid of heavyweight apps, and trim the physical volume by getting rid of thing like photos and music, which after all, I now have elsewhere.  The physical machine will be limited to things like running World of Tanks, and other online things, so that when it finally bites the dust — the impact will be — nothing.

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Crazy Fish

My pond is at 52.1F right now, which is very close to the limit where Koi should be fed.  Any colder and the food lays in their digestive tract and rots.  But today they think summer is returning, judging by their reaction to me greeting them a couple of minutes ago.  I quit feeding them a couple of weeks ago when the water temp descended into the mid forties.  Gonna give them a little light lunch today.  When the temp goes down, they generally descend to the bottom, about 5′, and line up like cordwood, ignoring me.

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