Thursday, September 25, 2008

An interview with Victor Hanson from 2006, talking about the Peloponnesian War and its lessons for today’s conflicts.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Some really amazing photos from inside North Korea.



(HT - Roboseyo)

The Incredible Adventures of Ron Paul


Hey, remember Ron Paul? Well, I know you have all been eagerly waiting to hear who he would endorse this election cycle, and he has made his decision: it’s Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party! Whoopee! ‘Cause everyone knows Christian theocrats make the best libertarians.

Just goes to show, once and for all, the kind of conservative Ron Paul really is.

Oh, and here is a video of Chuck Baldwin “asking questions” about 9/11.

Idiots.

Someone’s Gonna Pay...

After reading Left Hawk’s comments about the buyout of the investment banks by the federal government, I was reminded of something Steven Pearlstein from The Washington Post said on Meet the Press last weekend. Here is a brief part of the exchange:
“BROKAW: Is anyone going to be help responsible for this, truly?

MR. PEARLSTEIN: Well, a lot of people have already been held responsible because they lost all that wealth. So that's one thing.

MR. BROKAW: But a number of them walked out with a lot of money as well.

MR. PEARLSTEIN: Yeah, some of them walked out with a lot of money. You know, a lot of people focus on that, Tom, that these--some executives walked away with a lot of money. The amount of money we're talking about is in the hundreds of billions and trillions of dollars. Those people walked away with millions. And we get outraged about that. But let's--we, we--at this period of time, we need to keep our eyes focused on the big thing, which is that the whole system is melting down. And you want to focus on that and not that some guy's got away with money beforehand.

MR. LIESMAN: But, Steve, couldn't, couldn't you see subpoenas and cases where bankers are called before Congress or even a jury and said, "You had this on your books, but it was really worth that," and you could see that kind of process playing out.

MR. PEARLSTEIN: You can, but, you know, to criminalize this stuff is--we got a problem to solve. Let's, let's solve the problem.”

So have has our court and legal system been shut down due to the crisis on Wall Street? Is it not possible to fix the financial problems and prosecute corporate CEOs for running their companies into the ground, leaving with a massive severance, and then passing the bill on to the taxpayers? I have to agree with Sarko the American on this one, who said those responsible for this must be “punished.”

If someone train driver or construction foreman were negligent to such an extent that they cost the entire country trillions of dollars, you better believe we would be clamoring for their heads. But since it’s a bunch of business types, I guess it’s completely acceptable to let them move out to their tropical island getaways while we pick up the pieces.

Caleb Meyer

Gillian Welch at her best.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Elsewhere


Michael Totten criticizes Obama’s understanding of Al-Qaeda. He writes:
"The notion that “we gave Al Qaeda time to reconstitute itself” is breathtakingly ahistorical.

The U.S. and NATO have never let up in Afghanistan. At no time were American resources redeployed from Afghanistan to Iraq.

Obama could, perhaps, argue that fewer resources were available for the fight in Afghanistan because of the war in Iraq. That would be true. But that’s also true of Al Qaeda’s resources. They also deployed manpower and material to Iraq that otherwise could have been sent to Afghanistan."

Left Hawk’s criticism of Palin, and Stark on the Bush-McCain comparison.

Airforce Amazons on teaching evolution, challenging creationism.

Jams on the gender makeup of the Rwandan Parliament.

The Social Democratic Party of America (who I have some information about here) have endorsed Obama/Biden. They state:
"The SD,USA enthusiastically embraces the candidacies of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. They are part of our own broad, pro-labor, anti-totalitarian, liberal tradition as were Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Walter Reuther, Harry Truman, George Meany, Lane Kirkland, Hubert Humphrey, and Michael Harrington."