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The Knitting Moment

June 25th, 2013 - 3:10 pm

The Competitive Enterprise Institute called President Obama’s War on Coal “Undemocratic, Bordering On Authoritarian, Disingenuous on Keystone”. But it might better be described as his knitting moment.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is almost certainly going to be defeated by an epic margin in the election to be held in next few months. Recently she played her last card by posing while knitting for the cover of a women’s magazine. Instead of inspiring sympathy it has elicited mockery.

In more benign times, in a political climate in which the Prime Minister was not under a constant state of siege, including from within her own party, the photo would be seen in an entirely different light.

But what Gillard has misjudged is that in the political climate of the day, the photo could not possibly be taken at face value, could not possibly convey the message that Gillard intended.

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President Obama declared War on Coal because it’s the only war he can win. Like Gillard, he needs to remind the base there’s something he can actually do. Elsewhere it’s been hard luck. As Bret Stephens points out, the President has ushered in The Age of American Impotence.

Merely to get the Taliban to the table for a bogus peace process, the administration agreed at Pakistan’s urging to let Mullah Omar come to the table on his owns terms: no acceptance of the Afghan Constitution, no cease-fire with international forces, not even a formal pledge to never again allow Afghanistan to become a haven for international terrorism. The U.S. also agreed, according to Pakistani sources, to allow the terrorist Haqqani network—whose exploits include the 2011 siege of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul—a seat at the table.

And for his troubles President Obama gets a thank you attack from the Taliban. The Marc Thiessen at the Washington Post groans “The Taliban is playing Obama”.

Impotent abroad, omnipotent at home. If you can’t win the war without, win the war within.


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Does Obama believe in "Climate Change?" I believe he does as much as he believes in anything. He is probably the most ignorant man every to hold the job. But that isn't why he is going after the electric power industry. You have to evaluate everything he does from the perspective of a Chicago boss. "Green energy" is a opportunity to pick the taxpayers' pockets and transfer cash to his cronies. It's all about the Benjamins.
The policy purpose of the war on coal is not climate change. He came into office with objective of duplicating the demographics of the South Side of Chicago. 20% on welfare, 75% working poor and lower middle class, all ruled over by a kleptocracy of 5%. This kind of demographic will guarantee perpetual rule of the Democratic Party.

The Party's goal is to impoverish, immobilize and disarm the population.
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BC Alexis,

I agree. Local governments are often corrupt and incompetent and should not be lionized. But they have one dominant advantage: they are local. The damage is local and the scale is small. Detroit is tragic, but doesn't impact Phoenix. Illinois is a mess, but it has little or no effect on Texas. But if the federal government defaults on Medicare, or the federally-created TBTF banking system implodes, it can crash the system.

Also, with local control, you can vote with your feet. With centralization in Washington, you can only vote with a private jet.

Complexity and scale create problems, just like in software development. Thats why object oriented programming is more robust for complexm large scale systems than spaghetti code - encapsulation is a beautiful thing.

In short, you're right. Localism can indeed stink.

But only a little.

Cheers,
L3
1 year ago
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To me this will always be the time of terror. Government trashing the private sector on all fronts. Destroying the job base. Denying benefits to documented citizens. Throwing the door open to foreign populations to compete directly at the trough of a shrinking job market. Papering the walls with fiat cash, enriching bankers and cronies. Trashing the energy supply and the military in one swail foop. Breath taking and the GOP sits around and tries to mitigate disaster with weak palliatives instead of going to bat for the common folk who voted them in. It is betrayal, treachery at all levels. We the people are the joos of the 4th reich. This will not end well but end it must. I almost look forward to the whole thing to come crashing down. I hope I can get out of California before they shut off the water and power and stop trucking in food. I am going to move to Texas if I can get there. If I must die at the hands of racist/fascist hate mongers then I want to die in the company of men fighting for freedom.
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Here is what Boehner et al ought to do.

Pass "The Greenhouse Gases, Water and Carbon Dioxide, are the Building Blocks of all Life on Earth Act"

Resolved, Water and Carbon dioxide are the building blocks of life on Earth. Therefore, neither shall be deemed a pollutant under the Clean Air Act.

Resolved, energy independence being critical to the economic well being of all Americans, the Department of State shall immediately authorize the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as a matter of national economic defense.

...

Pass it and throw it to Harry Reid to try and bury against all the polls in its favor. Then run against a do-nothing Senate that frustrates the will of the American People at every turn.

Beat Harry Reid with Al "Sellout to al Jazeera" Gore incessantly!!!!



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From Paracelsus in a rather different context; "the poison is in the dose". If you think that doesn't apply to CO2 or water, try one of the following; breathe air with 10% CO2 content for 15 minutes or so, or sit under ten feet of liquid H2O for a similar period. Then come back to us and tell us so again. If you can.
1 year ago
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That was actually from Bernardino Ramazini:

''Every potion [medicine] is a poison; there is none that is not a poison. The only difference between a poison and a potion is the dose.''

He was also considered the father of occupational medicine and urged every physician to ask his patient, ''Of what trade are you?''
1 year ago
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I'm all for subsidiarity. In fact, let's apply the principle of subsidiarity to decisions regarding marriage. The matter of who may marry whom ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest, or least centralized authority capable of addressing that matter effectively. In the case of marriage, that would be the consenting adults who will be married and the consenting adult officiating the ceremony. Consenting adults should not be denied the opportunity to marry, nor should any official be coerced into officiating a ceremony that he/she does does not consent to officiate.
1 year ago
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Incidentally, my version of this Belmont Club page is thoroughly infested with a swarm of "Support Obama and Climate Action" ads. They're like flies on you-know-what. It's like a deliberate in-your-face insolence to remind us of the enormous leverage these "progressives" have managed to give themselves in our country.
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Am I correct in assuming that Obama intends to push his climate initiative(s) via executive fiat? Did I miss any mentions of Congress's role (if any) in all this?

If I didn't miss anything, then the real, and most important, underlying issue is that the people and their representatives are being left out of the process. Our country no longer belongs to us. This phenomenon is not new, but Obama and his people are pushing this reality into the open like never before. As I've stated a number of times before, the Obama people consider elections to be wars of conquest in the old-fashioned sense, As far as they are concerned, the bought this country, and they own it. We, even our so-called "representatives" who've ben abdicating more and more of their power over time, are mere tenants on Obama's property.
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Briefly

Congress passed Clean Air laws regulating pollutants. Martha Coakley of Massachusetts sued asking for CO2 to be designated an air pollutant in Massachusetts v. EPA.

The SCOTUS found, in a majority opinion written by Justice Stevens, that "government scientists" such as those at NASA and the UN's IPCC (and Al Gore too!) asserted that carbon dioxide was the primary species of greenhouse gas.

Recognizing that they lacked scientific prowess to decide the matter, they threw the issue to the EPA to decide on the "science" of the matter. If they found it was causing global warming, then it is a pollutant under the Act, and they can regulate it as such. This despite the need to ignore several aspects of the Act as they apply to what was originally considered to be a pollutant.

Obama's EPA said it causes Global Warming, and absent any objection from the law making body, the Congress, they are planning on going ahead.

Congress could clarify the Act and stop this nonsense, but the weenies there would have to turn Al Gore and his movie into an episode of South Park! Too bad Trey Parker and Matt Stone are not in Congress!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6K6k8yUi1I
1 year ago
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In Obama-world, the role of Congress is about equivalent to the role of the Senate in Rome about the year 40 AD. And they lust to fulfill it. And there is no legal or political means to oppose him.

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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Regarding global warming - oh strike that. Regarding climate change - Oops, let me try this one more time. Regarding global climate disruption (that's better) - I'm not so sure there will be much substance resulting from this initiative. It's more about appeasing his base. They are angry because of NSA surveillance. The new focus on "global climate disruption" is an attempt to distract them. Not a bad idea since the Obama base has shown a propensity to focus on the whatever shiny object is dangled in front of them.
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Annoy Mouse--

''I am going to move to Texas if I can get there. If I must die at the hands of racist/fascist hate mongers then I want to die in the company of men fighting for freedom.''

Come on over; we've always had a certain kind of people here:

''It was in a miserable condition. Its people comprised among them the worst vagabonds and scoundrels in the world. When a man was so infamous and hopeless that he could not ship on board a whaler, he went to Texas.''--from Harper's Weekly, date uncertain.
1 year ago
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My youngest son and his fiance have just arrived in Dallas and plan to settle in there for the time being. I am thrilled that our family now has a connection to the Lone Star State.
1 year ago
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And Australia was populated with prisoners from the gaols of England.
1 year ago
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Isn't L3 from Texas? Maybe he's got a job for a BC regular.
1 year ago
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It has been said before, but it needs to be said again: Subsidiarity is a EUnuch code word for centralized control. It is really disappointing to see as respected a gentleman as L3 using it. The word we are all looking for is "Federalism". It is a tragedy that so many patriots are now afraid of using the word which characterized the heart of the American experiment.

Subsidiarity means the center (centre, to use the EUtopian spelling) holds all the power, and revocably delegates some of it back to properly subservient peons. Federalism means the people & localities hold all the power, and make a revocable grant of some of it to the center (US spelling) to accomplish specific limited aims. The latter is what L3 wants -- and its name is Federalism.

Where did the American experiment go wrong? When the center grabbed all the money, and used it as a way to control the localities. My county depends on Federal & State grants for about 2/3 of its spending. Naturally enough, the County serves its paymasters, not its constituents.

Imagine the money flowed the other way -- from the people to the county; from county to State; from State to Federal. Then the county would serve its paymasters, the people, and so on down the line. After today's unsustainable system of overextended intrusive government collapses, and our descendants get to rebuild in the the ruins, I hope they absorb the lesson about the necessity for true Federalism.
1 year ago
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As you say Kinuachdrach, the word, subsidiary,in natural usage implies that the creations of men in their gatherings towards some purpose are all subjects of some center power. That everything they do must be by leave or privilege of some central master authority. Clubs, churches, meetings, companies, partnerships, incorporated governmental and quasi governmental organizations, the Masons, the Odd Fellows. the ballet studio, the gun club, the New Party, etc, etc.

That is at complete odds with the ideals of the Founders of America, of "we the People."

Perhaps L3 needs to refine the term he wishes to use.
1 year ago
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Where is "subsidiarity" defined in some literature? Perhaps this is better a question for L3. Is it his invention of a term, is it some management theory term in current use? Wherefrom has he found it to employ?
1 year ago
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Whether by design or otherwise I suspect that the effect of the EPA regulations will be to result in massive electrical shortages across the US. And once this happens the forces of government will ride to our rescue to solve the very problem they created. It will be done by a quasi-nationalization in effect if not in name of the energy producing sector. Energy will be rationed by the government who will get to pick the winners and losers. They will do to energy what Obamacare has done to the practice of medicine.

Never let a crisis go to waste. And if they don't happen frequently enough, create them.
1 year ago
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Well, Julian Gillard, our knitting PM has been sacked by her own party out of fear she is likely to lose the election. Having lived both in the US and Oz the swings and roundabouts of parliamentary systems versus the American one are interesting. An increasingly unpopular president serves a fixed term - you can't sack him short of impeachment. A PM can be brought down by a vote on no confidence in the parliament or, as in this case, by a vote within the governing party which can elect a new leader any time it wants.. Here today, gone tomorrow. I think the founders had in mind that the president be more like a king than a PM and that is what we see today. Obama, like those who came before him, can push his agenda to his last day in office. Rule to a certain extent by executive order. I had great sympathy for Reagan's anti Sandinista policy which the congress tried to force him to change and was glad of presidential power. Likewise I had nothing but contempt for the attempt to get rid of Clinton, and the scurrilous attacks on Bush - particularly in time of war. So I'm afraid we are stuck with Obama for the duration, although the IRS scandal is the first time I have seen a president undermine and abuse the institutions of government directly since Nixon. He may lose the senate over that one and things could get distinctly warmer for our first black president. But I'll believe it when I see it.
1 year ago
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Re. " He may lose the senate over that one ..."
I am not so sure. 1. To whom? 2. The organization that trashed opposition is still his. And is gearing (I believe) to repeat the game with upcoming elections. 3. Do you know a worthy candidate for Senate in your state? No? Than you just shot your "may lose" wishfull idea down.
1 year ago
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I agree, former grrr. The Republican Party, which is as much at war with the Republican base as the Democrats are with the Republican Base, is busily committing suicide. The Republicans in the Senate who support the Border Erasure, Amnesty, and Welfare Act are not only killing their careers as soon as they go before the voters; they are also killing the Party. And based on past performance, Boehner's promise to stop the Senate bill in the House means that he will push through a House bill that will be replaced with the Senate bill in its entirety, which he will then support.

It is not a matter of the current crop of Republicans being taken out in primaries. Since the last national convention the rules have changed and the Party can over-ride the primary results. The Conservative base is who contributes the money, time, and work of the campaign, and is who turns out to vote. It will not take many of them deciding that the difference between that parties is not worth the effort to wipe out the Institutional Republicans.

As of right now, there is no political opposition to the regime. The Republicans have been co-opted by greed and/or NSA blackmail. If a real SECOND party does not arise right smartly, and be willing to take on the massive vote fraud endemic in our system, all that remains is Clausewitz.

I don't think there is time.

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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Does Obama believe in "Climate Change?" I believe he does as much as he believes in anything. He is probably the most ignorant man every to hold the job. But that isn't why he is going after the electric power industry. You have to evaluate everything he does from the perspective of a Chicago boss. "Green energy" is a opportunity to pick the taxpayers' pockets and transfer cash to his cronies. It's all about the Benjamins.
The policy purpose of the war on coal is not climate change. He came into office with objective of duplicating the demographics of the South Side of Chicago. 20% on welfare, 75% working poor and lower middle class, all ruled over by a kleptocracy of 5%. This kind of demographic will guarantee perpetual rule of the Democratic Party.

The Party's goal is to impoverish, immobilize and disarm the population.
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