Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Friday, June 26, 2009
I don't know what PM, 1957-66, show SS watched, but it was a show I didn't. PM's first episode was aired 21 September 1957 at 7:30 PM in New York on CBS, Channel 2. I was hooked, seeing about 267 of the 271 shows made. What did I see? A PM judge was the room's least important person. Who or what was most important? An abstraction, the TRUTH. PM judges were "truth-seekers". I estimate the typical PM judge made six evidentiary rulings, thus I saw about 1,600 "PM bench" rulings, disagreeing with about three of them. PM judges knew their Wigmore, backwards and forwards! I once read, "The most intelligent people discuss ideas. Less intelligent people discuss facts. The least intelligent people discuss people". SS is a member of the last class. Full disclosure: My father was an attorney and pointed out obscure PM features 99+% of its viewers missed. As he said many times, "Number One, you can learn more about how to practice law by watching three episodes of Perry Mason, than spending three years at Harvard Law School". To which I would respond, "Father, you only say that because you didn't attend Harvard Law School". About 30 years ago, I concluded my old man was right having met many Harvard and Yale Law School grads who can't think and don't know the law. I do not want SS confirmed. She's an intellectual lightweight. The "evidence" of SS's intellect is her Ivy League degrees. So? PM link: http://www.perrymasontvshowbook.com/
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wow. That appeared in Wapo! I referred to Wilson before, on 30 July 2007, 6 February and 14 September 2008 and 16 February 2009, links:
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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Saturday, June 20, 2009
"If a person lives long enough, he can watch everyone forget everything they learned. ... [Fed] Chairman Ben Bernanke thinks he can hold down US long-term interest rates by purchasing mortgage bonds and US Treasuries. Sixty years ago the [Fed] understood that this was an impossible feat. ... Since Fed Chairman Bernanke announced his plan to purchase $1 trillion in mortgage and Treasury bonds in order to help the housing market with low interest rates, interest rates have risen. When will the Fed remember that printing money does not lower long-term rates. ... Treasury Secretary Geithner is another economic incompetent. He told China that he stood for a 'strong dollar,' but that China should let its currency appreciate relative to the dollar, which, of course, would mean a weaker dollar. He simultaneously told China that their investments in US Treasury bonds were safe. His Chinese university audience, being economically literate, laughed at Geithner", Paul Roberts (PR), 3 June 2009, at: http://vdare.com/roberts/090603_illiteracy.htm.
If China let the yuan rise, which I favor, does Timmy Boy (TB) realize that will increase US interest rates? Did TB forget he must sell about $1.8 trillion in debt in the next 12 months? TB, explain how will "exchange-rate flexibility ... [help] achieve sustained growth". Imagine, TB wants China to adopt Social Security and Medicaid-type programs. Don't we have a $62 trillion actuarial deficit arising from those? TB apparently accepts all the Keynesian fallacies. TB likes "market-based interest rates" for China, but not apparently the US. TB must have studied in the Steve Forbes economics school, my 15 November 2008 post, link: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2008/11/forbes-capitalist-fool.html. China can control the quantity of yuan or the yuan-dollar exchange rate. Not both.
Friday, June 19, 2009
"In the same sense that Toni Morrison claimed Bill Clinton was our first black president, Barack Obama could be thought of as another groundbreaker: our first female president. He displays every trope of femininity more than any female 'who could ever be elected in our children's lifetime' (to borrow Morrison's phrase about Clinton). ... Obama is filled with sensitivity (one might even say, empathy), he would rather talk then fight, is highly (yet selectively) compassionate and to top it all off, he has a finely tuned sense of fashion. BO attempts to collaborate with Europeans, South Americans, Muslims and nearly everyone else except the citizens of red state America. ... In addition, Obama has surrounded himself with women in most important security and foreign policy positions in his adminsitration. While some might choose to describe BO as our first metrosexual President, the clincher is that, consistent with all outward appearances, the Obama administration fights like a girl. ... With the arsenal of the world's sole remaining superpower avaliable to him, Obama sounds more like the UN Secretary general scrambling for the best euphemism to downplay each situation than a serious stateman with the greatest military and economic might on the planet to back him up. No matter what other qualities our bellgerent enemies might have, they are definitely men of action. ... I'm just grateful that Obama had the good sense to bow to the Saudi King at the G20 summit in London., At least he didn't curtsey", original italics, my emphasis, Ralph Alter (RA) 5 June 2009 at: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/06/our_first_female_president.html.
"Barack Obama's speech in Cairo is one of the most bizarre orations ever made by an US president, not a foreign policy statement but rather something invented by Obama, an international campaign speech, as if his main goal was to obtain votes in the next Egyptian primary. ... The first problem is that Obama said many things factually quite untrue, some ridiculously so. ... The interesting question is whether Obama consciously lied or really believes it. I'd prefer him to be lying, because if he's that ignorant than America and the world is in very deep trouble. ... An Associated Press headline reads, 'Obama's Islam Success Depends on Israel.' Is the entire 'Muslim World' just waiting for Israel to stop building a few thousand apartment units a year before deciding that America is great, reform is needed, and moderation wise", Barry Rubin, 5 June 2009 at http://www.gloria-center.org/Gloria/2009/06/speaking-flattery-to-power.html.
"In his speech last week in Cairo, President Obama proclaimed he was a 'student of history.' But despite Barack Obama's image and an Ivy League-educated intellectual, he lacks historical competency, in areas of both facts and interpretation. ... The Americans didn't free [Auschwitz or Treblikna]. ... [Obama] began, 'I know that I don't look like the Americans who've previously spoken in [Berlin].' He apparently forgot that for the prior eight years, the official faces of American foreign policy in Germany were Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. ... In the recent Cairo speech, Obama's historical allusions were even more suspect. Almost every one of his references was either misleading or incomplete. ... But the great colonizers of the Middle East were the Ottoman Muslims, who for centuries ruled with an iron fist. ... Obama also insisted that 'Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance. We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition.' Yet the Spanish Inquisition began in 1478; by then Cordoba had long been re-conquered by Spanish Christians, and was governed as a staunchly Christian city. ... Obama also stated: 'For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humilitation of segregation. But it was not violence that won full and equal rights.' With all due respect to our president, this assertion is not fully accurate. The only thing that ended slavery in the [US] was the Civil War, which saw some 600,000 Americans--the vast majority of them white--lost in a violent struggle to ensure that nearly half the country would not remain a slave-owning society", Victor Hanson, at National Review, 11 June 2009.
Yes, JRN, I remember Ahmed Ben Bella, my 6 February 2008 post: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2008/02/woodrow-wilson-upside-down.html. As for the principle, this is Prophet's (PBUH) operating principle. In Mecca he was conciliatory. He raised an army and was warlike in Medina. As the Prophet (PBUH) said, "Deception is the essence of warfare". What is it we fail to understand in the West?
Let's look at some Obama stories. During the campaign "He" said "His" grandfather liberated Auschwitz. I remarked to a buddy of mine, "Obama's an ignoramus. Auschwitz was in Poland. It was liberated by the Russians". My buddy said, "You're the idiot. Obama spoke the truth". I said, "how"? My buddy, "Obama's grandfather was a member of the Red Army". Ouch. Obama once said he campaigned in all "57 states". I thought, "Fool. Are you a Heinz ketchup salesman? In my day, we had to memorize all the states, their capitals and place them on a map. Admittedly, it was easier then. There were only 48 states in those days. Recently three bloggers ascribed a different significance to Obama's "57 states" remark, noting the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIS) has 57 members. Ergo, Obama is confused, not realizing he is president of the US, not the OIS. Ohhh.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Tim Geithner take note.
Monday, June 15, 2009
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