The Chimes at Midnight
Friday, January 23, 2015
When BiBi comes a knockin'
At the invitation of Speaker Boehner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to speak before both houses of the US Congress (invites like this are "Winston Churchill" rare BTW). Wisely the President and Secretary of State have declined to meet with the Israel PM under the circumstances since they were cut out of the invitation completely. Conventional wisdom indicates that the GOP lead congress is using this as an opportunity to intervene in US-Iranian nuclear negotiations with the possible goal as to make the US delegation look incapable of delivering on a deal and thus occasion the withdrawl of Iran thus ONCE AGAIN putting the region on a war footing. I take a counterintuitive view, Netanyahu is faced with a difficult reelection campaign at home (although as I've said before I think he will win in the end) and needs to keep the focus in Israel on issues relating to national security (held to be a key strength of his electorally speaking) and a speech before the US Congress is one of those unique global platforms to gin up war talk in a venue wherein his domestic opponents have no reach. The fact that Netanyahu has to foul his relations with a US President still further and stoke up war hysteria among a bunch of grim jobbers entirely elected from Rotten Boroughs is secondary to his own short term political needs, The Israeli PM can always moan "I'm soweee" after he wins. But I suspect there might be some hidden costs for Netanyahu after all this blows over....and so with kindness in my heart I advise him to recall the Sacrifice of Abraham...and if an Angel of The Lord bids Benjamin to "Stay his hand" he might wanna listen...just saying.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Ah the Keystone Pipeline...
the latest symptom of wingnut dementia...so that Canada can ship it's oil across America and overseas where it will likely end up in the PRC lowering production costs still further and thus speeding up the deindustrialization of the U.S.A. Oh and they won't even use US Steel to build the goddamned thing....anything I'm leaving out? And this is a good idea because why?? If it was Iranian oil they'd be another one of their tedious fugue states...guess it really is all about who gets paid and who gets enabled.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The President Prospers...
In part because his sworn political enemies are all to a man, twitchy weird, humorless & self destructive. Take last night's SOTU address, while the President took the rest of the nation on a soaring tour of a better tomorrow well within our grasp, the loyal opposition was searching high and low for the most lugubrious and inane spokespersons to give the "coveted response"...a job that has routinely wrecked political careers since it was thoughtlessly implemented back in the early 1980's. Piyush "Bobby" Jindal's national ambitions still have not recovered from his stint as SOTU designated responder in 2009. So if Jodi Ernst thinks her goofy quaalude evocative performance last night was gonna light up an "Ernst for Veep" boom....dream on sister, dream on. Otherwise I suspect the President domestically speaking is going to be on the defensive for the rest of his term, but this is where what I call "The Jacksonian Vertical Stroke" (ergo swift clear action in the public interest, evolved and decided upon in private reflection), comes into play. Obama has the bully pulpit and can take all sorts of decisions in hand sans recourse to Congress, Cuba, illegal immigration, last night's tax proposals & the drive for net neutrality all bear the marks of an emerging Jacksonian Agenda, one that is "with the people, against the interests". Clearly, Barack Obama wants to set the agenda for 2016, plain and simple. He is immeasurably aided in a larger sense by a GOP lead congress largely composed of corrupt grievance addicted jobbers elected from preposterously rotten boroughs. If The President really wanted to set off a serious mishaugas he ought to go down to North Carolina and start talking about serious redistricting reform...then we will see shit storm par excellence! I dunno maybe I'm a mark, but it seems like the wind is shifting out there, imperceptibly in the President's favor, despite all his challenges in DC.
Monday, January 19, 2015
The Quotable Martin Luther King...
Right about the time they turned the fire hoses on the school children in Selma Alabama, Dr. King had this to say... "Dixie has a heart all right. But it's having a little heart trouble right now." You don't see that one reprinted too often this time of year, peace to his memory.
Labels: Dr. Martin Luther King
Friday, January 16, 2015
As the NH Primary Looms on the Horizon
I need to start picking and choosing which GOP candidates I wanna see on the stump. I'm expunging Mitt Romney from the list though, at long last I can't see how he'd have anything new to say given the history he's racked up in two prior presidential campaigns. At this point 2016 is naught by a sad opportunity for Mitt to emphatically Change His Mind About the Issues....Yet Again. So...given that... I think I'd like to see Jeb Bush certainly he has an odd baffled look of injured rectitude that I'm sure will play very well to the GOP's endlessly aggrieved base. Besides I wanna assess early if he is the same sort of nasty little smear artist as was his Father & Brother. Then maybe Rick Perry...I know he is dumber than a bag of hammers but there is limitless copy in Rick Perry and I wanna see what passes for a stump speech from him. I always regretted missing him in 2012. After that...Chris Christie...mostly to see if he tracks at all towards the center if he makes it to NH and then by extension I wanna see what passes for "The GOP Center" in 2016. And if I get lucky then either one of the quivering wingnut holy men, Cruz perhaps or maybe Rand Paul. All of this is of course still speculative at this point NONE of the above may ever announce for President...Mike Bloomberg could somehow clear the boards...ya never know. But it's good to start thinking on these things early.
Massacre is a thing prepared morally, spiritually & mentally far in advance of the crime. The fact that the perpetrators justify their slaughter because of some intolerable verbal or written incitement, is merely sordid spectacle of murderers trying to turn their own victims into accomplices. Misery loves company so does murder. This is only as much as George Orwell teaches us....
Labels: George Orwell
Sunday, January 11, 2015
The Only People...
Who are truly excited about Mitt Romney running for President in 2016are serious devotees of high end political sadism. I promise you, when the time comes, Jeb Bush will tear out Mitt Romney's living guts and use them, to grease the treads of La Famiglia Arbusto's Tanks. It will be an ugly scene edifying only to those who enjoy their Dirty Politics Straight Up. The Bush Family has been strategically nice to Mitt Romney in two election cycles now they are gonna call those markers in, and if Mitt declines to Pay the Vig, Jeb will unleash the very furies out of hell on the Former Massachusetts Governor. Honestly, people like Mitt Romney (nice clueless media unsaavy tepid technocrats) have been PIE to the Bush Family for Twenty Four Years Now. Remember Steve Forbes, Bob Dole, John McCain...? All politicians of varying talents and all mounted heads on the Bush Family's Walls. All this proves to me that in RomneyWorld there is no one in that organization that dares enters The Bishop's Sanctuary and tell him the Sun Has Set on His Ambitions.