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Rule Five Friday

2014_08_22_Rule Five Friday (1) (857x1280)While enjoying the usual (hopefully) jihadist-pissing-off Friday totty, please peruse Andrew C. McCarthy’s Inside Hamas:  How to Understand the Global Jihadist Threat.  Excerpt:

In-depth reporting by the Wall Street Journal’s Nicholas Casey and Adam Entous takes us inside Gaza, into the minds, indoctrination and support system of Hamas. The report is here (but behind the paper’s subscriber wall).

It will be a tough one to refute for the willful blindness crowd – i.e., the bipartisan Beltway ruling class and its cooperative mainstream media – who insist that Islam is innately a religion of peace. The report illuminates the reality that Islamic study is the basic pathway to jihadist militancy and that, for members of Hamas, the jihad against Israel is not a parochial political affair but part and parcel of a global ideological 2014_08_22_Rule Five Friday (2) (857x1280)movement that is very much driven by a perception of divine directive.

To observe what Hamas members and their supporters believe, and to learn that even non-adherents of Hamas respect the organization’s tenets as an entirely legitimate construction of Islam, is to elucidate the stubborn stupidity of the claim that “true” Islam is unconnected to terrorism committed by Muslims – and that we should regard such Muslims as irrational “violent extremists” rather than jihadists.

Of even more concern than Hamas, of course, are the utterly savage animals of the Islamic State (IS), who are currently rampaging across Mesopotamia and who only day ago beheaded an American reporter, and threatened to kill more if air raids on IS were not halted.

2014_08_22_Rule Five Friday (3) (1280x845)President Obama, in reply, stated that a group like IS has “no place in the 21st century” (he is correct; they would fit nicely in the 7th) but his response to IS has been, at best, tepid.

What is the proper response to a group like IS?  Stonewall Jackson would have known; likewise George Patton.  IS is fond of waving black flags, and either of the aforementioned American living weapons would have known that the proper reply is another black flag.  No quarter, no mercy, no relent, no pity; hunt them down like animals and kill every last one of them.

2014_08_22_Rule Five Friday (4) (1280x844)And Hamas?

Hamas is not really the opposite side of the coin from IS.  They are more like the edge of the coin, leaning over a little bit towards the dark side.  Hamas uses human shields; they hide rockets in schools and mosques, they target women and children.  They are consummate cowards and should – must – be rooted out.

But the coin itself is Islam.  Other religions, including Christianity, has had their own dark times in the past, but now, today, it is not Christians, Jews, Buddhists or Wiccans beheading reporters – it is inhuman monsters, and they are doing so in the name of Islam.  It’s past time to call this particular spade a fucking shovel.

Islam faces two choices:  Reform, renounce violence, root out the radicals in their midst, embrace Western-style freedom of conscience – or face extinction.  The rest of the world will not tolerate this behavior forever.

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Rule Five Friday

2014_08_15_Rule Five Friday (1)Since today’s post concerns the ongoing situation in Iraq, specifically the rise of the bloodthirsty savages of ISIS, let’s hope that the accompanying display of toothsome and free American totty pisses them off.

To any ISIS sympathizers who are offended by my Rule Five material, I will say only this:

Fuck off and die in a fire.

Now, on to Jonah Goldberg and The West’s Gaza.  Excerpt:

2014_08_15_Rule Five Friday (5)In the early days after 9/11 there was a lot of talk about a “clash of civilizations” and a long “existential struggle” facing the West. I once asked the late Christopher Hitchens what he felt on that terrible day, and he said he felt no small amount of joy. Not for the suffering and death, but for the fact that the West finally had been awakened to the terrible but necessary struggle before us. 

And for a time, many liberals bought into the idea that America was heading into a generational struggle with jihadism. There were a slew of books on the subject. Peter Beinart, for instance, wrote The Good Fight: Why Liberals — and Only Liberals — Can Win the War on Terror and 2014_08_15_Rule Five Friday (2)Make America Great Again. As the subtitle suggests, there was a lot of partisan mischief in his argument, but it rested on the premise that liberals must accept that “Islamic totalitarianism” — his phrase — has replaced communism as our enemy. On this, at least, Beinart and company, briefly agreed with George W. Bush that the war against “Islamic fascists” (Bush’s term) was the “decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century.”

Like most Americans, I am of mixed feelings about our history in Iraq.  The initial military operation was a walkover, nothing but – however, we were sadly unprepared for what came next.  To some extent Colin Powell was correct in his “Cracker Barrel theory” (You broke it, you bought it) but in retrospect one wonders if we shouldn’t 2014_08_15_Rule Five Friday (4)have simply utterly destroyed Iraq’s military capacity and the Ba’ath government and left the survivors to pick over the ruins.

But ISIS may have arisen in any case.

Barack Obama’s repeated (and repeatedly ignored) lines in the sand certainly do give the impression of weakness on the part of the United States, which encourages bad actors of all sorts.  A more decisive President and a more robust foreign policy may have discouraged some of the Islamic radicals.

2014_08_15_Rule Five Friday (3)But ISIS may have arisen in any case.

Mr. Goldberg concludes:

No one in the West wants a generational struggle with jihadism any more than Israel wants perpetual war with Hamas in Gaza. The problem is the enemy always gets a vote. It just may be that the Middle East will become the West’s Gaza. And, so far, nobody has a good answer for what to do about it.

But we’re going to have to do something about it sooner or later.

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Rule Five Friday

2014_08_08_Rule Five Friday (2)The 800 Pound Gorilla in the room for rare earth sustainability in North America – Thorium.  Excerpt:

James Kennedy works closely with the Thorium Energy Alliance to promote US legislation for the commercial development of thorium energy systems and rare earths. And when he asked me to review a video where he presents a paper entitled “Creating a Multinational Platform, Thorium, Energy and Rare Earth Value Chain – a Global Imbalance in the Rare Earth Market” – it occurred to me that Tracy’s frequently referenced ‘800 lb. gorilla’ in the proverbial rare earth room was overdue for discussion: thorium.

2014_08_08_Rule Five Friday (3)Kennedy’s essential argument is that the rare earth imbalance is largely the result of regulations with unintended consequences: “Rare earths and thorium have become linked at the mineralogical and geopolitical level.” In other words, thorium should be considered as a rare earth mineral.

The article concludes:

There are currently two bills before the US Congress “that if enacted would create a federally-chartered multinational rare earth cooperative that’s privately funded and operated, and it would be authorized to accept monazites and other thorium-bearing minerals. The thorium would be removed and stored on what Kennedy calls a federally-chartered ‘thorium bank’ for safekeeping. This will help mining companies, which help place liability to the bank, leaving the miners to 2014_08_08_Rule Five Friday (1)produce higher value HREE’s.

My question is this:  If, in our quest to be rare-earth independent, we start upping production of thorium – why not use it in a liquid fluoride thorium reactor to generate electricity?

The country badly needs more electrical power generation.  We need to lessen our dependence on foreign sources (especially China) for rare earths.  We can accomplish both by developing thorium 2014_08_08_Rule Five Friday (5)reactor capacity and refining our own rare earths from monazite.

Or does this just make too much sense for the Imperial Federal government to buy in on?

Of course, we can always start aggressively developing our own traditional domestic energy sources as well – again, if the folks in the Imperial City deign to allow it.  A common argument states that it would take X number of years to bring these domestic sources on line.

And that common argument has been in play for thirty years or more.  It’s time to push that one into its long-overdue grave.

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Rule Five Friday

2014_08_01_Rule Five  (1)Robert Stacy McCain on hyper-curiosity, an affliction shared by yr. obdt.  Excerpt:

When something catches my attention, it is my habit to research the topic within an inch of its life, pursuing random footnotes and the biographical details of the authors of the works cited in the bibliography, in order to satisfy my maniacal desire to know.

Do not tell me your opinions. Tell me what you know — give me facts, quotes, something genuinely useful to me as knowledge.

2014_08_01_Rule Five  (2)Mr. McCain describes the case of a “Vegetarian environmentalist animal-rights feminist” who, among other things, used her own menstrual blood to fertilize lettuce, which she then ate.

Eww.

Mr. McCain concludes the case study and contrasts the person in question with his own incessant curiosity by noting:

Am I the only one who notices how many young people seem to care more about their beliefs and attitudes than about knowledge?

That is to say, despite their intelligence, their sense of themselves is almost entirely about membership in an ideology/identity group — to which they give a cult-like loyalty — and they never pursue knowledge except to reinforce their own beliefs. This is not merely intellectual sloth, but deliberate self-imposed ignorance. They are determined to know nothing outside the confines of their own narcissistic identity bubble, and are therefore so ignorant that they have no concept of how much they don’t know.

2014_08_01_Rule Five  (3)It is impossible to educate self-absorbed people who lack curiosity. “Checking out my vagina with a compact mirror” is a  perfect metaphor for the lives of this hopelessly ignorant generation.

Juxtaposition of image and story is, yes, deliberate.  Suck it, hyper-sensitives.

But consider this sentence:  “It is impossible to educate self-absorbed people who lack curiosity.”  Indeed, this has always been the case, and will always be the case.  And Mr. McCain is probably correct in his assessment, as we have observed in these 2014_08_01_Rule Five  (5)pages; the up-and-coming generation does seem horribly self-absorbed.  The rise of the “selfie” and the endless self-fellation offered by Facebook and the like are more likely symptoms than causes.

But the real crime is the lack of curiosity, and that is nothing new; when I was a young man in the Seventies I noticed it all too plainly among my peers, and I still note it in all too many of my fellow Baby Boomers today.

2014_08_01_Rule Five  (6)Curiosity is above all else a sign of intelligence; it is perhaps the sign of intelligence.  The drive to know, the understanding of the difference between fact and opinion, the successful application of basic logic in discovery and problem-solving; how many people do you know that are really capable, really competent at these?

And how many people routinely critically examine their own opinions?  It’s easy to be critical of someone else’s viewpoint; far more challenging to be critical of your own.

But all these things have curiosity at their heart.  Mr. McCain is correct in bemoaning its loss.

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Rule Five Friday

2014_07_25_Rule Five Friday (1)2016 is still a long ways away, electorally-speaking, but the Presidential sweepstakes are already in progress.  And one of the more interesting potential candidates blue-side are Massachusetts’ own Fauxcahontas, Elizabeth Warren.  But is Ms. Warren really all that?  Maybe not.  Excerpt:

The notion that Elizabeth Warren should challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party presidential nomination has been optimistically tossed around in left-wing circles for a while now. Activists at Netroots Nation recently chanted ”Run, Liz, run.”  And no doubt, the excitement generated by Warren is a function of her ideological sincerity—a sincerity that’s most obvious when contrasted with Hillary Clinton’s lack of earnestness and pandering.

2014_07_25_Rule Five Friday (2)Still, it seems to me that a lot of people are overestimating the appeal, uniqueness, and popularity of Warren. What’s most enticing about Warren right now is the perception of her, not the reality.

If you’re looking at Fauxcahontas from the right, that perception is somewhat different than that of those encouraging her to run; Elizabeth Warren is just another New England progressive, nothing more, nothing less.  Still, it would be roundly entertaining to see her run, and even more so to see her win the Democratic nomination.  2014_07_25_Rule Five Friday (3)Why?

  • She’s a bit to Barack Obama’s left, but without his talent for speechifying – given a teleprompter (President Obama is an absolutely execrable speaker without a script.)
  • Like many on the political left, and, sadly, all too many on the right, she is pathetically, completely, irretrievably economically illiterate.
  • Her entire academic career is based on a lie – she gained her position at Harvard by claiming minority status, naming a purely fictional Cherokee ancestor.  The GOP can and should hang that on her like a cheap leisure suit.
  • If she was half as competent as she thinks she is, she’d be twice as competent as she really is; that would make primary debates and Presidential debates really, really entertaining.

2014_07_25_Rule Five Friday (4)The Federalist concludes:  She would offer a more honest reflection of Democratic Party’s drift to the far Left on economics. But if anyone believes Democrats have another 2008-Obama on their hands, they haven’t really taken the time to listen to Elizabeth Warren.

Of course, there will be a primary fight, and Democrat voters will get to see Elizabeth Warren in all her amateurish, gaffe-ridden glory – and, almost certainly, will choose someone else.  But who?  Hillary Clinton, who has more baggage than a Samsonite factory?  Daffy old Joe Biden, who can’t open his mouth without something ridiculous coming out?

No matter what happens, it’s going to be an entertaining election cycle.  And the GOP will probably only add to the entertainment factor.

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