Previously we have examined
the corrupt Metropolitan Transportation Commission in our coverage of the spectacle of the proposed BayBridge design which was not able to withstand the maximum foreseeable earthquake,
according to the Army Corps of Engineers nor was it able to withstand even a “small car bomb.” (see prior Lecture
Notes, September, October, and Technical Corrections at the Max Weber Institute)
Now the Moynihan California
News Service, (provided by Cal News, (see at the Moynihan)), reports:
FBI turns focus to BART-Perata
link Hu, senator's other associates profited during retrofit campaign By Sean Holstege, Oakland Tribune BART's political
efforts on a seismic repair bond are a major focus of a federal political corruption probe into Sen. Don Perata and his associates.
In a Nov. 8 subpoena, the U.S. District Court ordered BART to hand over records relating to the work of Perata, his children
and their companies. The subpoena also names Perata's college roommate Timothy Staples, Oakland
lobbyist Lily Hu, political consultant Sandra Polka and their firms. The federal grand jury wants to know about direct or
indirect payments to them. The subpoena highlights 26 BART checks to Hu's political consulting firm Lily Hu & Associates
between June 2001 and December 2003.
These seismic repairs
refer not to the repair of the bridges, but to the repair of the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), trans bay tunnel.Can you believe it, the tunnel can not withstand the maximum foreseeable earthquake either?No, really?
This is what corruption
looks like.Everything has to be built then rebuilt, again and again, cost over
runs, incompetence ---- this is the Post Liberal Bay Area.Less than 12% of the
people of the Bay Area have incomes sufficient to purchase their homes.50% of
the people of California are worried about the price of housing.Businesses are moving out in record numbers.
This corruption exists
because we are a one party state.And whereis the Republican Party? Well, for example, just before the election the
Chairman of the Republican Party of California called me to let me know the Party’s stance on:Bush?No.On
Bonds?No.On the Marin Senator
Boxer? No.What was the one issue he contacted me about?Prop 71, the stem cell initiative.He was against it.
And what happened with
this one issue he cared enough about to call and let me know his views?
It passed with 59.1% of
the vote.That is what I call a mandate!Not 51%.59.1%!
This is how out
of touch the Republican Party is with the people of California, and America.Corruption in the Bay Area.Couldn’t
care less.Housing crisis?Who cares.
But boy, those stem cells,why that is “human life,”precious
littl’ bit of God given life, right there in that little glass dish. That is what the Chairman of the California Republican
Party called to let me know;he wanted me to know the stand he had taken. He
lost by 20 points.Dumb ass loser!
Has he asked Mr. Jones
why Mr. Jones has all of his money tied up in those “ethanol” plants?I
mean shouldn’t Mr. Jones diversify his holdings?Has he really put all
his money in those plants?All of it?Risky?Well, yes, risky, unless . . . well, unless you have some inside information.For example if you knew that the State of California was going to continue to require
“ethanol” and if you had been given assurances that the State would not be allowing anyone else to come in and
under bid you, if, you had something like that, some . . . insurance.
But the Chairman of the
Republican Party had nothing to say about a proposed bridge that could not withstand an earthquake, or even a “small
car bomb.”Has had nothing to say about the corrupt Metropolitan Transportation
Commission.Nothing to say about Perata.Nothing to say about the housing crisis.Nothing to say about the repeated
down zoning of the Bay Area by the Post Liberal elite.(A down zoning which has
forced people to move further and further out.Which requires longer and longer
commutes.Which is why the Post Liberal elite says it needs to put additives
in the gas, to stop the pollution, you see, (additives which are not required by federal regulations).Which brings us back to Mr. Jones and his “ethanol” plants. No,
the Party has nothing to say about Mr. Jones.
No the Republicans have
nothing to say about any of this, . . . but those littl’ bit o’ life in them glass dishes. . . oh, boy, think of that!Littl’ bitty human babies
. . .
But then, now that I think
about it, why should we cooperate with the FBI’s investigation of the Bay Area’s Post Liberal elite’s corruption.The last time I helped the feds investigate criminals, they leaked my name to the
very criminals we were investigating.(see The IRS
and the Illegals from the North, at the Moynihan)
A pox on both your houses!
This is your future:
An odd aspect of bio-warfare. Army Navy Club #33
This is the “odd
aspect,” (see Army Navy Club No. 33), of bio-warfare.If the political
leader had been shot there would have been outrage.But because the weapon was
a virus that acted over a period of days, there is . . . ah, yes, that familiar silence.Listen, . . . you can only hear the sound . . . of the glass grinding into the pavement under the soles of the boots.
no one to blame for anything then?”
is to blame?
will take responsibility for the Marines? Where shall we begin the analysis?
failure of the American leadership, for over 12 years, to deal with Saddam Hussein?
young Marine who said, “This one is faking being dead,he is still breathing,”
was six years old in 1991 when we should have removed Saddam Hussein in the First Gulf War. We
deferred the war until he was of age.(See also how we have saved up $7.5 trillion
in national debt for him as well.Look at all that we have deferred to him.We have found it more convenient to pass these problems on to him.Technically this is known as the intergenerational transfer of shit.)
He was eight years old in 1993 when the WorldTradeCenter was
bombed the first time by the Iraqi agents, who came from, and fled back to Iraq, and were protected by Iraq from extradition requests.Nothing was done then, not even when Saddam Hussein attempted to assassinate
Mr. Bush (41); no we waited until this Marine was of fighting age.He was eleven
when operation Bojinka was being planned in Manila.He was twelve when wefinally arrested the Iraqi agent Ramsey Youseff.
all these years he grew up in our society, listening to the likes of Don Imus, Rush Limbaugh and the rest.Imus’ great insight, his contribution to the public discussion, was that the tape should have been
erased.Now there you have moral guidance for the young Marine.Bill O’Reilly said that the Marine’s statements prior to shooting the prisoner “prove”
that he was “in fear of his life.”(The next day O’Reilly said
he would have been “foolish” to “exonerate” the Marine if there had not been these exculpatory statements.
(Yes! Foolish.Foolish indeed.))
who condemned the mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, now supports the shooting of the prisoner, and says that this will
be the test to see who “really supports our troops.” (I recall wondering
about Beck at the time of the Abu Ghraib story when he said that he was so upset that he wanted to “go down to the airport
and spit on the returning soldiers,”who were involved in the abuse.) Lee Rodgers said he expects the Marines will kill the journalist who photographed the
shooting.This is what he thinks of the Marines.I will not bother with Weiner, you can imagine the insanity there.Indeed you can imagine the rest. This
is how societies decline.
shoot journalists don’t they?
a society. So this is the social environment in which the Marine was raised, these are the men who helped create the social
ethic that informed the life of that young Marine for the 18 years prior to his shipping out to Iraq.Pity the young man if he relied on the likes of these men.Pity
him for all the sewage they have pumped into his young head. They have defined social deviancy down, and see to what effect.
radio carnival barkersall think they are helping the young Marine by condoning
the shooting of wounded prisoners.But of course, as is so often the case, they
actually are making it worse.Time and again their idiotic arguments so inflame
the public that they actually hurt the causes they profess.They are a primary
reason the election was so close.Their contemptuous bloviating has kindled such
a hatred that they moved a substantial portion of the 48% of the public to vote for Kerry, or rather against Bush.
Andnow not only do we have to do justice but with all their bluster they add another
dimension, a “social statement,” that will need to be refuted.Will
we now have to “make an example” out of this Marine to show the carnival barkers how wrong they are?Let us refute their falsity here, now, so that it need not be considered at the Captain’s Mast.
civilians we can not say what is proper punishment for shooting wounded prisoners.But
we can say that it is wrong.Yet this simple statement of morality, seemingly
so obvious, was lacking in the bloviations of hate radio.
you not think young Marines are hearing their raging?Do you not think that they
act on what they hear?Do they not hear Michael Weiner shouting that the Moslems
are “subhumans?”Not enough for our young men to be put in a foreign
land, to fight a difficult war, no that is not enough, let us turn this into a religious war!
go to your microphones and shout out your stupid ideas, your hate filled bluster, then you retreat to the safety of your mansions,
and leave the young Marine to face the court martial?In the original story it
was reported that before the video taped shooting other Marines had entered the Mosque and shot two other prisoners.In the subsequent coverage these additional shootings are often not mentioned at all.None of the hate radio carnival barkers have mentioned these othershootings.Where did all these Marines get the idea that shooting
wounded prisoners was acceptable?From you!
will take responsibility for these Marines?
Then again, maybe . . . I am wrong.Maybe this is my country?For these sametwelve years that this young Marine has been
growing up in America, haven’t some of these same men hectored and harassed me, driven me to my death?Perhaps they are right? . . . and I am wrong?This is
If someone had told me that America shoots its wounded prisoners I would have thought it a calumny.But then I reflect, that the IRS did conspire with the very criminals we were investigating.Senator
Hatch was on the Imus show and did say:“I’ve heard what you do to
some of your listeners.” And all the rest of you, villains and the others
of you who cover up for the villains.This
Are theMarines covering up the orders to shoot the prisoners?Perhaps the five prisoners were left there to bleed to death, and when they were found to be still alive
. . . “this one is still breathing.” America?After all I have been through these last 12 years, I do
not know anymore. As I think about it now, I did wonder about the 50 U. S. dead as against the 1,500 enemy killed? But
I thought, air power?You know, firepower?Maybe I am wrong maybe hate radio is right.
Then I recall reading reports that the men of fighting age who tried to leave were not taken prisoner but were only
told that they had to stay in Falujha.Why not taken prisoner?Then too at the beginning of the war deserters were turned back.They had to fight?And all these years where are the prison camps, no
systematic procedures . . .why?Why all the problems at Abu Ghraib?Why when Bremer left Iraq were there no more than 9,000 prisoners, and then they released those?
not prisoners?Because there
is no plan.The blame must rest not on this Marine or his comrades, but with
There is no plan, no strategy, except to kill Iraqis.Notice, for
example, that no effort is made to photo the dead Iraqis, or take their finger prints.Why?This is because there is no data base to be updated, or to help identify
the dead.In two years we have not bothered to identify the young men of Iraq.No one thought that a census, photos, fingerprints, would be important.
(For example, in order not to have large crowds at the polls, and a target for
terrorists, the election could be carried out over a period of weeks, if we had a system of identification.) How can we build a country if we do not know who we are dealing with?
we do not know even the names of the dead.We do not know who their fathers are,
or who their brothers are, or their cousins and uncles.We do not know were they
live. We know nothing about them.But then, if the whole of your strategy is
simply to kill them why bother with all that.Right?
Well we are killing them in Iraq now.This is the whole of our plan?To “kill them over there?”This is what Mr. Bush
has repeatedly said.Kill them over there.Kill them over there.That’s it.And so we send out the 18 year old Marine, and oh yes he is frustrated,who
wouldn’t be, this is the whole of our strategy!
And why is this the whole of our strategy?Because a nattily dressed gentleman,
who does not like explaining himself, is sitting in his oval office directing the war without being bothered by any written
record, no plans, no programs, no management committees, no ministries, no administrative structure, no goals, no objectives.He has not presented to the nation, neither ours nor the Iraqis, a series of proposals
or policies for the building of Iraq, nothing.He doesn’t like explaining himself.
is negotiating his way, one day at a time.They did not want to staff out the
planning because this White House likes to maintain control.Why?Are they trying to save money?Republican economy?
Bremer was appointed just in March 2003 when the tanks were just starting to Baghdad.There
had been no plan for prisoners.No provisions for camps.No programs of indoctrination.No plan to convert the old
Iraqi army into the new Iraqi army, or a civilian conservation corps, or a training program, or anything at all.Why?Because the gentlemen with the neatly knotted tie in
the oval office hadn’t thought things through that far yet.Don’t
take any prisoners, just tell them to go home.We will figure something out later.
The gentleman in the coat and tie in the oval room did not think it important to form a government in exile, preparing
to administer the plan.(There was no plan.)No ministry of truth and reconciliation, for example, that would put the young men of Iraq through a six month course in
political education, (civics).He had all of 2002 to get things ready,
to establish ministries, develop procedures, set priorities, and nothing was done.
The man who refused to meet even with his own Party’s Senators, preferred not to ask questions and engage in
discussions when meeting with his own officials, would often sit not saying anything at all.So no constitution was written for Iraq.So now we have in less than two years gone through two
governments.The members of the first government have been thrown away.This in a country where these men and women risked their lives in supporting us.Several have been assassinated.
no apparent reason the man in the oval room had agreed with his own critics that the first government, then the second government,
were not “legitimate.”Even though the constitution he could have
written could have been a model of transparency and accountability.The new government
could have been composed of Iraq’s leading citizens, a thousand, two thousand of Iraq’s medical doctors, professors,
human rights activists, lawyers, teachers, nurses, mothers, tribal leaders, religious leaders, etc., etc.Could have been . . . But because he refuses to argue, one suspects refuses to think, he simply accepts
the proposition that only “elections” give legitimacy.
Prime Minister of Britain can serve for six years without calling an election but if the new Iraqi government, established
in war, amid social calamity, guerilla war, terror bombing, served with a record of public progress, and liberty, still it
would not be “legitimate,” according to the well dressed man in the oval room.Why?He does not say.He
does not like to explain himself.
So now in less than two years there will have been three Iraqi governments.And
the third one will not govern, its job is to write a constitution.And then the
reports claim surprise even disappointment that the police of Iraq are not willing to stand and fight.For who, for
what?Not even the man in the oval room will stand behind the Iraqi governments
he has himself created.(Or perhaps this is over stating it.He did not create then.These governments simply occurred,
one after another, one government abandoned, then another, as the chaotic and confused events are “negotiated”
yes, we can well imagine that the young Marine is frustrated.
is called:Defining deviancy down.
The courage of baggage officers.
"Persons taking no active
part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat (out
of combat) by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely. . . the wounded
and sick shall be collected and cared for." --- The Third Geneva Convention
“It appears to me that
this is in fact what we in the United States have been doing
of late. I proffer the thesis that, over the past generation, . . . the amount
of deviant behavior in American society has increased beyond the levels the community
can "afford to recognize" and that, accordingly, we have been re-defining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct previously
stigmatized, and also quietly raising the "normal" level in categories where behavior is now abnormal by any earlier standard.”
--- Damiel Patrick Moynihan
Conservatives were quick
to embrace Dr. Moynihan’s point thinking of Hollywood and the island
of Manhattan.Typically they did not think to apply the analysis to themselves.
Yet Moynihan intended his point
more widely than the simple minded conservatives supposed.Reagan emptied the
mental hospitals of California, as did Rockefeller in New
York, to save money.This is defining deviancy down.Crime, also, the acceptance of levels of crime that formerly would have been “unacceptable,”
is another example.
Leaving aside the moral dimension
for the moment the simpleminded conservatives would do well to examine the economic principle involved.
The cost of warehousing the
mental patient, “the treatment of,” like all of medicine takes place in a dynamic economy that is constantly increasing
its “efficiency.”Here again the simpleminded are liable to miss
the point.For them the word implies goodness, or smarts, or savvy.To say someone is inefficient is for them to make a moral judgment not just an economic or mechanical observation.
Yet medicine is inefficient
not because the doctors lack intelligence but because compared to the rest of society the medical sector is not maximizing
its inputs the way General Electric’s Jet Turbine Division maximizes the blade’s efficiency or the fuel consumed,
or the thrust derived.(By the way, when the new engines save the airlines 40%
of their fuel consumption, . . . where does the savings go?I mean if their fuel
cost drop 40% why can’t they use the savings to screen the cargo in their passenger jets?)
The key to understanding
Moynihan’s point is to see that efficiency refers to the relative efficiency of these sectors and the other more efficient
sectors.The public sector attracts the inefficient not because they are lazy,the doctors are not lazy, they migrate to the public sector because the other sectors
are constantly increasing their efficiency relative to these lagging sectors.
Without 40% savings in the
treatment of the mentally ill, just to keep up with General Electric, the relative cost of maintaining mental hospitals appears
to rise.Because the doctors are not able to increase their efficiency they raise
their prices just to stay even with the rest of the economy.This price increase
without performance increases, efficiency, is what the economists call inflation.
There once was a woman who
lived in a shoe . . . what to do?
Define deviancy down.So letting the mentally ill out on our streets, or rather, into our prisons does not
seem so objectionable after all.What were we thinking?And of course, there will always be crime!Not being able
to go out at night is just part of “living in the big city.”
This failure to see the
“inflation” of these social values is what misdirects so many on other social issues.Take marriage for example.When only lords and ladies went
to divorce court the price of administering our divorce laws was acceptable.However,
with the increasing demand for divorce the cost of administration rose relative to the rest of society.Listening to a duke and duchess wrangle in court is amusing,
but who wants to hear the plumber and his wife?
When divorces were limited
we could look deeply into the high moral issues so fraught with significant social portent.But with hundreds of filings a day who can afford to look deeply, or would want to?
So we define social deviancy
down.We do not even want to know what the problem was.Many conservatives have remarked that often someone is at fault for a divorce.True.We call it “no fault” not because we think
that no one is at fault, but because it provides us cover to define deviancy down without having to say that is what we are
In the private market “efficiency”
often is achieved by giving the consumer something “less.”We call
it “new and improved” but really often it is simply less.However
happily for the market, and consumer choice, these changes, substitutions, outright
evasions of the market do not impose the burden of high moral opprobrium on the entrepreneur or innovator.Grand ladies may feel that the modern hotel’s quality of service is an example of moral decline,
that airlines are an example of degeneracy in travel fallen from the ocean liners of bygone eras, etc. yet most of us regard
the ever changing market place as something different from the moral plane, requiring a different set of judgments.
Yet Moynihan’s insight
is that we accept no fault divorce just as we accept the unhappy fact that our rooms at the hotel no longer include the footman
and handmade we had once expected.Lunatics disrupt the civil peace, (and end
up in jail, (which trains the police to regard all of us with similar suspicion)), and we accept this diminishment of the
social order so that our town corporation can avoid the ever increasing relative costs of institutionalization.We accustom ourselves to accept crime in the same melancholy way we have come to accept the loss of our
butler. We can tell ourselves that we have become more efficient yet some of us still feel it as an example of moral decline.
Counselor:(Now you can see what I have been dealing with.)
Yvonne.You are not allowed to use parentheses.Only I can use parentheses,
it is my domain.
Stop it.Or take abortion.Here you can see how dishonest most conservatives
really are about not only this issue but in their use of Moynihan’s argument.Laura Ingraham for example, is typical of the type.From convert to Pope,
she angrily complains about abortion.Yet, one knows perfectly well that if she
had to personally pay for the cost of administering the law she professes, she would renege before even laying eyes on the
bill for the first case.
As with the divorce courts,
the cost of litigating every request for an abortion would bankrupt the nation. Ingraham’s
falsity is that she addresses the issue like a medieval moralist, speaking of absolutes, certainties, and all of this rhetoric
is free.And she knows it is free.Indeed
one suspects the entire Republican Party knows that it is free.Free as long
as nothing changes.They are also great supporters of vouchers in education yet
why not, talk costs nothing.
So many reasons for and against
an abortion in the first trimester, another standard for the second and third;multi
volume dissertations on morals, and metaphysics, and religion, and the meaning of God, and of life;the profession ofmedicine now enters, hooded robes over white
lab coats, stethoscopes around the neck and draped over the shoulder, trumpets sound, more learned discussion;next come the psychiatrists, then the philosophers expressing . . . oh, and then there is the 23 year old
woman, who seems none to pleased to “give evidence” in Laura Ingraham’s court of final appeals.
Larua, give it a rest
sweetheart, you can not afford your new fervor.You will have to define deviancy
And so now we come to
the Sergeants, Lieutenants, and Captains of Marines . . . to be continued . . .
-- KQED PROTEST 1992 --
Photo is Link
Ah, yes Roger.I had forgotten Mr. Rosenblatt. Nearly.
After 911 he announced
that irony was finished.‘What will the ironist do now,’ he questioned,
‘Who could be ironical after this?’
Hey, Roger how about this
. . . in the towers there was an American International Group insurance unit.Underwriters.Guess what they underwrote?Yeah,aviation.Ironic?
Even without action by
the United States, even though the lard asses at the F. A. A. ignored the recommendation of that retired
Israeli colonel in the 1960s who warned about the risk of planes being flown into office blocks; even though they ignored
the fact that El Al had on its own reinforced the cockpit bulkheads and doors on its own jets; even though the Clintons ordered
the removal of side arms from the flight crews in 2000; even though fools were leading the blind; still, if the insurance
underwriters had insisted that the bulkheads and doors needed to be strengthened, then guess what?
Yeah, if the insurance
industry had insisted, the airlines would have complied.Nothing rolls, flies,
sails, nothing moves unless it is insured.
What was the underwriting
question?What was the risk?What
prevents a hijacker from flying a plane into an office block?What in principle?What is the “fail safe” lock that prevents this?The Airline Pilot’s Association claimed that their “lives are on the line.”Yet what is the answer?What prevents them from flying the
plane into a building or a nuclear power plant?If only the underwriters had
asked this question.
Do you have the answer?
Now, let us leave the irony
behind.Answer the next questions.What
is Exercise Global Mercury?What in principle prevents Global Mercury?What is the “fail safe” device, lock, rule, procedure,upon which you are relying to prevent Global Mercury?
What is your answer?
Not only is Rosenblatt
dishonest about me, about what his colleagues have done to me, he is dishonest in his evaluation of Global Mercury.Forget irony Roger.Answer the question.
You can not answer the
questions because you are all dishonest, fundamentally, at your very core.Yes,
you are dishonest about what has been done to me, about what you know about what has been done to me, but more than that,
you are dishonest even in this.
Why would you be dishonest
about Global Mercury? Or Dark Winter?
Recently I saw a news article
in the S. F. Chronicle that referred to the proposed bridge, vetoed by the Governor Schwarzenegger,as a “single tower suspension bridge.”It is not
a suspension bridge.The whole controversy was over the cable stayed, or self
It would have been the
largest single tower self anchored bridge in the world.(see earlier posting
in Lecture Notes 10-01-04)
Then, the San Jose Mercury
ran a story that also referred to the proposed bridge as a “single tower suspension bridge.”Two major news papers both missed the essential aspect of the story?
I investigated.The Cal Trans website discussed how the cable stayed design had been made to look like a suspension bridge.The web site discusses how Cal Trans concerned itself with the esthetics of the bridge.The relationship of the tower to the height of the land fall, Treasure Island.The look of the stay cables compared to the cables of the Bay’s more famous
bridges, (which are true suspension bridges).
Cal Trans and the corrupt
Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and apparently the two major news papers that cover these organizations and the billions
of taxpayer dollars they spend----
Class who pays most of
Counselor:Those who are least able to raise their prices.
Yes!Good!Now why can’t the rest of you be as quick as our
All of them appear to have
wanted the self anchored design.But why?Well corruption, yes.Anyway why would the reporters cover up such a basic
Because they are fundamentally
dishonest! They are humans. They
want to belong.If they report that the proposed bridge was the largest single
tower cable stayed, or self anchored bridge in the world;that the $1.4 billion
bid would balloon into cost overruns;that even this price was inflated because
the contractor had no experience in building such a bridge, (no one does, it
has never been attempted, (and this fact alone should explain why it was a bad idea));that the design would have to be changed time and again during the course of construction to make up for the fact that:
the design had never been tested for even a “small car bomb;” that the Army Corps of Engineers reported that the
design could not withstand the maximum foreseeable earthquake;--- if, they reported
all this they would be outcasts.
Separated from the herd
of reporters, public persons, then . . .what? --- well, they can see what has been done to me.And they know that they could not expect anyone would come forward for them anymore than they have for me.
So they report that a self
anchored bridge has its cables not in a parallel arrangement, not in a radial arrangement, no these stay cables, for this
particular self anchored bridge has had its cables arranged in an “attractive,” and esthetically pleasing way,
reminiscent of those grand old ladies of The Bay.
Oh, to be the sole survivor!
So, new set of questions:What is the fundamental protection from, what is the “fail safe” element,
in the design of the proposed bridge to protect it from even a “small car bomb?”
The problem with a self
anchored bridge darlings, is that it is peculiarly dependent on its geometry for its stability.In a true suspension bridge there are three key critical parts.The
anchors, the towers, and the cables.During WWII many suspension bridges were
bombed.The pilots reported that it was nearly impossible to hit the towers or
the cables.The anchors, huge blocks of concrete deep in the earth were impervious.
However, the road deck
could be hit.The loss of the road deck removed the bridge from ground transportation
service yet the essential structure remained standing, anchors, towers and cables.Repair
consisted of slinging on a new deck.
The situation with a self
anchored bridge is quite different.It depends on its road deck to “stay”
itself; to hold itself up.The bridge is balanced on its towers and the deck
is integral to its stability.Damage the deck with even a “small car bomb”
and progressive collapse begins.
Bridge designers from all
around the world come to the Bay Area to have their designs tested by the scientists and computers of the Lawrence Laboratory;especially in this time of heightened awareness of the damage that can be caused by
explosives. Now guess what bridge design was not tested for its worthiness in the event of even a “small car bomb.”
You got it.My, you are getting to be as quick as Yvonne.
You see?There has to be an answer to the fundamental question.What
in principle prevents a terrorist from driving even a “small car bomb” onto the deck and causing the deck to crack,
and crumble, then the geometry gets out of alignment, then the cables twist, then the tower twists then the cable breaks,
you get the picture.
So I understand you want
to get along with people.You do not want to get separated out from the herd
--- afterall look what happened to me.I understand.
But there are these fundamental
questions, if you are designing a bridge, or underwriting airliners flying with 50,000 pounds of jet fuel, or, or, screening
passengers who have small pox.What is it, in principle, fundamentally, --- what
is the fail safe lock --- that prevents the worst case?Or even a “small
car bomb?”(When asked about this risk the spokesman for Cal Trans said
that they did not need to test the design for bomb worthiness because the CHP would screen the vehicles for
So, Roger, and the rest
of you, my recommendation is don’t worry about the irony.Look deeply into
One summer Roger did a
story about an airliner that disappeared into the ocean.He was summering in
the Hamptons, and the airliner disappeared beneath the waves.He remarked
on how strange it was for the strollers on the beach, just summering an evening, and the lights of the airliner just . . .
disappeared. . .
I thought it strange that
his summering should figure so prominently in a story about the crash of an airliner.
He apparently saw no irony
Years later I see that
this is the same for you.You know that Michael Weiner was involved in the burglary.That for years he and others have followed me from place to place, job to job, set
about to destroy my life.And like the strollers on the sand you gaze out into
the dark distance, the lights disappear in the darkness . . . humm, how strange.
There is this same detachment
in airliner safety, bridge design, the threat of bioterrorism.And you do not
dare ask too many questions for fear you too will be separated from the herd.Perhaps
you know better than I how much safer it is to do nothing, just watch it go down.Darkness,
or a big cloud of dust.
For example, why were traces
of explosives found on Flight 800?Do you dare ask?Take a risk?
Counselor:But this is supposed to be about Psy Ops.
Counselor:This should be in Lecture Notes.
Ok, put it wherever you
Lecture Notes: 11-14-04
Is this the same Barbara Simpson?
She who laughed at a suicide just last week?“Idiot!”Remember she shouted, “Idiot,”
when the computer researcher from Georgia drove to New York and killed himself at the World Trade Center, or rather where the WTC used to be.
“With a shotgun?” she exclaimed and laughed, “A shotgun?”
She asked in that arch way of hers, false in her satire, phony in her impudence.“How did he get a shotgun into New York?" she laughed again.
She continued on in this way for a while.She
had advise, “If you are going to kill yourself at least do it for something important . . .”But then she soon returned to her preferred ridicule, “Idiot!”and again “. . . with a shotgun?”
Callers not knowing the cause for her fixation on this topic, suicide, called in to the
show to complain.One caller started to question her attitude towards suicides
by suggesting hypothetically he might consider suicide, and she interrupted him
with more satire. The caller still not understanding that she was really talking
about something else, talking to someone else,misunderstood her.He thought her ridicule was suggesting that he should, “take
some out with me first?” he asked.
However, she no sooner had awkwardly backed out of that confusing discussion than another
caller called to complain.The young woman could not understand why Barbara Simpson,normally so thoughtful, was so contemptuous of suicides?How heartless.Again this caller also failed to understand
that she had something else on her mind.Barbara
defended herself by saying “Well,I am being tough,. . . I believe in tough love.”
Tough love?But Mr. Andrew Veal was well beyond
love, tough or otherwise.What could Barbara be talking about?
How about this dears?Barbara Simpson has
a guilty conscience?
Guilty?Guilty about what?
Because unlike Bernie Ward she is unable to except the fact that she is a phony hypocrite.Unlike Gene Burns she can not accept the fact that she is idly standing by while her
colleagues destroy a man’s life and drive him to his death.
Barbara Simpson still wants to think of herself as a good person.She talks about morality a lot on her show.She tells her
listeners to act morally, to be righteous, ---- what? you are thinking: ‘Well who doesn’t?’
Don Imus doesn’t.Michael Weiner doesn’t.Ron Owens has never called on his listeners to be righteous.(Owens gave out the website that had the photos ofDr. Schlesinger.He defended the radio personality that posted the photos.“He thought he had a relationship with her and she starts talking that way she does . . . about marriage,
you know, all that stuff.Think how he felt?He probably felt rejected you know.”)No, not every radio show personality
claims to be moral.These three for example enjoy this website.They take pride in reading about their villainy.And they
are glad that you know what they have done to me. What is the fun of destroying
a man’s life if no one knows?
So today Barbara Simpson is discussing Iris Chang’s suicide.No ‘Idiot!’No laughter.She even questions if it was a suicide.Maybe those Japanese
killed her, Barbara suggests.(“Their was a suicide note but still . .
Barbara knows about the burglary at the Colonial Motel.But she is not talking.
Barbara know this, in a few weeks I am going to die; and know this, before I die I am going to curse you.I will curse Barbara
Simpson.You could have lived up to your professed values, you could have given
evidence.Barbara, I do not want to die, but you and your colleagues have succeeded.It has taken them years, but now they have surrounded me.Cut me off.I am the sole survivor.Unlike Mr. Bob Kerry I have taken no oath to continue fighting.The
battle is lost.
No Barbara, I do not want to die.Unlike Iris
I am not depressed.I am ruined.
I have been ruined not only by those obviously evil men, Michael Weiner, Don Imus, Ron
Owens, Michael Krasney, not just by them alone,the former Mrs. Dr. Dean Edell,
(Rose Guilbault), the Red Comedian who used his influence with the Counselor, and also
by all their helpers, down to the trolls like the evil Scott Bobro, Dean Sotos, (the one who said on 9-11, “Oh, yes
I heard about that,was it an accident?”),Greg Irwin, (Shotgun Tom Kelly’s brother), Frank Blaha at GAB Robins, the staff at KGO-ABC, KQED-PBS, all of
them, like Barbara Simpson, who have known what has been done, have known but have refused to do the right thing.
“. . .straw
dog argument. . .”---Rush Limbaugh,11-10-04
Now the truth comes
out.Bernard McGurk on the Don Imus show claimed that Yassir Arafat was the “father
of his country,” he said, if you look at it “objectively.”
By adding ‘objectively’
McGurk means to say, ‘If you look at it without making any value judgment; if you overlook the fact that Arafat has
caused the deaths of countless innocent people, using bombs on children;if you
forget about all of that,' ---- then you are in McGurk’s opinion being “objective.”
In other words if you
are an idiot, an ignoramus, an amoral hypocrite like Bernard McGurk then you are “objective.”
So all of these years
of condemning the war in Iraq, his constant claim that there was no reason for the war, all of this for two years, was a lie.
When we said that Saddam
Hussein was sponsoring terror and offered Yassir Arafat as an example we did not persuade McGurk because McGurk does not care
about Arafat’s crimes.Our arguments never registered because McGurk did
not care about all the murders.We wrote the McGurk Tutorial because we thought
McGurk was ignorant, now he explains today, eight days after the election, that he just did not care about the terror, the
murders, the blood on the floor.
McGurk even went further,
claiming that Arafat “turned a blind eye” to the murders that were really carried out by others.A blind eye!McGurk is offering up excuses for Arafat, claiming
he is actually innocent of these charges.And now cast your mind back to all
the excuses and arguments he offered on behalf of Saddam Hussein.He argued against
the war, in favor of leaving Hussein in place, claiming that the concern was for human life.Now McGurk reveals himself to be a stone cold liar.He does not care about
innocent human life, nor does he care about the truth.
You can not have the
truth without values.It was a Nineteenth Century idea that facts and values could be separated.They can not be.(see Metaphysics 303)
Nor is this confusion
limited to McGurk.See how the entire Kerry election campaign was confounded
on this issue.The war in Iraq
had been on for a year before Kerry started his campaign.The only question left
was how it should be prosecuted.Yet Kerry repeatedly got his feet tangled and
stumbled on this issue.At one point he called it the “wrong war.”(Let us leave aside the simple minded use of ‘wrong’, see Wrong at the
Max Weber Institute.)
How could Kerry
be trusted to prosecute a war that he thought was wrong?How would he get the
French and Germans to take over the ground combat if he started from a position of calling it “wrong?”
But more fundamentally
will we now learn that Kerry, like McGurk opposed the war not because he doubted that Hussein was a sponsor of terror, but
only because he does not care about Arafat’s crimes, or Ramsey Yousef’s crimes(who arrived in New York from and returned to Iraq after the 1993 WTC attack), or Abu Abbas’ crimes (who had an Iraqi diplomatic passport),Abdul Rahman Yasin’s crimes (who had an Iraq government job after the 1993 attack and was protected
from extradition by Hussein)?
In other words, the
failure of Kerry to focus on the fact of the war, his insistence of questioning the validity of these “facts,”
suggests that there may be more at work than just a holdover from his anti-war days in the 1970s, more than just political
ineptness, one wonders if he was capable of making the necessary value judgments needed to appreciate these “facts?”
Is Kerry, like McGurk,
a moral blockhead?
In such a close race
almost any reason that can be suggested could have made the difference between “mandate” and defeat.Dick Morris may well be right that any movement away from the Democrat left and towards an honest discussion
of these “facts” would have reduced Kerry’s “base.”Not
being an expert in election mechanics I do not trouble myself with such questions.
obtains records of account in Arafat’s own hand, when they temporarily took over part of his command compound in Ramala.The records show Arafat authorizing funds to killers so they could make bombs.
But there is
nothing new in this.In 1948 no less than the United Nations, noting the violence
being perpetrated against the Jews, authorized the creation of the state of Israel.
can be peace there must be the value judgment that peace is preferable to war.For
this judgment to be made there must be honest men of courage.Better men than
McGurk and Kerry.
A NewSchool reading assignment:
Chapter Eight of the 9-11 Report:
Please visit the Moynihan Library where a 911 reading room has
been set up for College Visitors.
“That is a straw man
. . .”
---Mr. Robert Kerry,
Former U. S. Senator, CNN 11-9-04
Counselor:Well,so . . . straw men ---it is a common expression.
Yes, but he is also responding
to “sole survivor.’
Counselor:You mean where you say,“Can no one else see the absurdity?Am I the sole survivor?”Why would ‘sole survivor’ be particularly significant to Bob Kerry?
OK,let’s make this a class assignment.Why is the phrase
“sole survivor” especially significant to Bob Kerry?
Counselor:You know you said you wouldn’t accept Mr. Bush’s reference to “another planet,”as a response to Glenn Beck’s skit on the extraterrestrial election campaign
unless he actually accused John Kerry of being ----
Yes, what?Did he accuse J. F. F. Kerry of being an extraterrestrial?
Counselor:No not yet.But he has said that “therapy will not help,”
and about being “centered,”and at his press conference he claimed
there had been vigorous “debate” ‘within’ the Administration about the Iraq
If there was debate he appears not
to have sharpened his skills.
Counselor:But, are all these references----
Yvonne some things will remain a mystery.Has he invited U. S.
Senator Lugar to the White House yet?
Counselor:No, not yet.
And so we are
off!The first Presidential news conference.Straw men zero President 26!
“And I -- I simply do not agree with
those who either say overtly or believe that certain societies cannot be free. It's just not a part of my thinking.. . . I've
got . . . a great faith that people do want to be free and live in democracy.”
So what?Is the President going to spend the next four years debating Howard Dean or the flimflam man J. F. F. Kerry?This is the real harm the radical’s control of the Democrat Party has
done to our nation.
I would like to mock
and ridicule Mr. Bush for arguing against the straw man who does not “believe that certain societies” can be free.But then one remembers Dean and Kerry.But
the election is over!
I am not questioning
the war.It was 12 years late.I
argued with the President’s father to overthrow Mr. Hussein.My criticism
is that the January elections come eight months after the last government of Iraq,
the Governing Council, was destabilized by our own government, or at least some factions within State and the CIA.Instead of January elections following two (2) years of stable parliamentary government,
they come amidst confusion caused by incompetent administration.
My criticism is that
instead of organizing a government of exiles in 2002 in Jordan,
or Britain, or on an abandoned Army base in Okalahoma, the
whole year was lost.Instead of setting up ministries to oversee the new Iraq
in 2002---- nothing was done.Mr.
Bremmer was not even appointed until March 2003 when our tanks were already rolling.
And why?Was the Republican administration trying to save the cost of Mr. Bremmer’s salary?Was it Republican economy?But no one asks these questions.The Executive is not called on to explain why, having finally set up a government
in 2003, without any planning or preparation, no programs, no procedures, no records or accounts, no ministries or departments,
no computer systems or even generators, nothing, everything from scratch; why then, a year later did this Republican Administration
destabilize its own Iraqi Governing Council, and all of this, I say again, without explanation.
But we live in a democracy
right?We have elections?No!Why no examination?Because this country,
one of the oldest democracies on the planet, a nation of 300 million souls, is dependant on the likes of Howard Dean to set
the terms of our public discussion.Oh, and that other fellow, Kerry who flip
flopped several times to get ahead of Dean, to “run” for president, but no attempt to examine the truth.And puffy eyed Jim Lehrer, the crazed forger Dan Rather, the wizened Don Imus god
help us, are the “independent” journalists, representatives of the Fourth Estate, who fight for the truth and
the people’s right to know?Get off it.
And so having
defeated the straw men, the President can affirm his “faith” in freedom. Note
that Mr. Bush reverts to “faith” because there is no debating “faith.”No system of logical thought can be brought to examine the steps of his reasoning;no explanation can be made beyond the simple profession of “faith.” And where there is no discussion, therefore
no democracy.For democracy, unlike monarchy or dictatorship, is dependent on
reason, and discussion;human understanding.
But excuse me
Mr. President, why did you destabilize the Governing Council?Why didn’t
you have an Iraqi government ready to begin administration of the country in 2003?Where
was the fleet of container ships to bring in the supplies needed to start Iraq
on its new life?Why did you turn away the deserters from the old regime’s
army?Why didn’t we have a new army training on bases in Kuwait
or on bases in Okalahoma in preparation for 2003?Why wasn’t Mr. Robert
Baer parachuted into the North of Iraq to organize the new Iraqi army?Why didn’t
you have a constitution for the new Iraq?Why are the January elections taking place not at the end of two years of stability and orderly transition,
but after two years of confusion?
Why am I the only one
asking these questions?
We have just had an
election in which these obvious failings have gone unexamined, and you call this democracy?Why unexamined?Because the Democrats like Howard Dean wanted to debate
if we should even have gone to war!Where are those weapons of mass destruction?This is what the radicals who control the Democrat Party thought was the central issue.(We have already explained, before the war, why bio weapons would not have been the
reason for war.)So the political debate is ruined, is reduced to tripe, because
of the radicals, because of Dean, and the flip flopper.The national discussion
brought to the lowest level by the radicals in the Democrat Party.
It is a rich
irony that these same radicals think them selves intellectually our superiors.They
who have ruined our public discourse, who prevent us from examining the issues, planning for the future, preparing for the
dangers, they speak of having to do a better job, “educating” us.(Pelosi
said this upon the defeat of Kerry: "It's not about soul-searching.It may be about how we can educate the American people more clearly on the difference
between Democrats and Republicans.I think the table is set for us in the next
election. I welcome the fray.I look forward to conveying to the public what
the differences are between the Democrats and the Republicans here. And many people thought that this would be a one-two punch,
and that is what it will be. But we have lost just about everything that we can lose."Impenetrable.)
So, because the Democrats
offered up a man who said that Iraq was the “wrong war”
Mr. Bush can plausibly escape having to answer the above questions.Because the
public discourse has been so retarded by radicals, (who think themselves so much above the rest of us),Mr. Bush can not be accused of arguing with straw men, because there really were the likes of Dean and
Kerry, with whom he did debate these basic and obvious points:Should we go to
war?Should we be in Iraq?Would we have, if we had known then what we know now?Can no one else see the absurdity?Am I the sole survivor?
This nattily dressed
gentleman in his oval office frittered away two (2!) years, not withstanding the fact that he was to stand for reelection;
failing to organize the new Iraq; failing even to explain the reasons for the war in which over a 1,000 Americans have thus
far been killed; but because the political opposition, and the press, are so incompetent, so lost in their own distorted and
dysfunctional ideology, he wins reelection by 4% and calls it a “mandate.” Why
was it so close?(“This election should have been over sometime in August,
not election night.” --- Ann Coulter,FrontPageMagazine11-04-04)
And to here the radio
talk show buffoons talk you would think that the nation had “turned right” irreversibly;that it is unthinkable that 135,000 people in Ohio could
ever again think of voting for anyone with a “D” after his name.
Let me be clear.I support the President.I voted for
him.Yet I have no illusions.I
am neither inclined to favor nor criticize him and his Administration for personal reasons. I have no personal interest in
this examination.(For example, in 1996, eight years ago, the IRS,
(possibly under the direction of the Clinton regime), asked me to help in a criminal
investigation.The IRS then leaked my name
to the very criminals that they had asked me to help investigate.Why?(see ‘The IRS and the Illegals from the North’ at the Moynihan)There was a time when I thought this injustice would be righted.However, now after eight years even someone as slow on the uptake as me can see that nothing will be done
against the IRS criminal investigators who betrayed me let alone the Clinton
regime whom I suspect orchestrated the scheme.What is more, I know that Mr.
Bush and the Republicans would be at least unsympathetic, and actually openly hostile to me, if they knew I had agreed to
help the IRS in an investigation of my employer’s criminal misconduct.This Administration has a reputation for being hostile to whistleblowers even when they are upholding the
law.)So I have no illusions.
morally, the Administration was right in going to war in Iraq but not only has
its administration of the war been uneven, it has failed to lay out before the people the full explanation for the war.Rather than explaining in detail to the American people, of whom they are asking to
sacrifice so much, about Mr. Hussein’s villainy, they have found it politically expedient to avoid confronting the likes
of Dean and Kerry and Kennedy and the Fourth Estate and the liberal bastions at the universities, State, CIA,
So the young
soldiers who risk their lives for us may know the true reasons for why they fight, but if they do it is because they have
studied on their own, not because they have heard the full explanation from Mr. Bush or read it in the New York Times.And as an impartial observer I can not say if Mr. Bush has been “wrong”
to skirt these issues as he has.
First of all, if his
opponents argue at such basic questions as should we even be in Iraq
then clearly they are deliberately misrepresenting the facts and what duty does one have to debate honestly with the dishonest?Then too, the press, Mr. Lehrer, Rather, the rest, are obviously so unfair that again
a purely tactical reason can be legeitamatly given for avoiding a direct confrontation, which, because they control the media,
they will misrepresent.
However, these considerations
speak only to why Mr. Bush would handle the public debate in this subtle manner.They
do not explain why the rest of the Administration has performed so poorly in public discussion. For example Iraqi documents were only leaked in October which show the extent of the old regime’s
involvement in terror.Why “leaked?”Why in October?Nor do the
tactical explanations, for why this Administration has been so coy with the truth, explain
why the Administration has failed to meet with its supporters and friends. Not
only has it failed to meet with Laurie Mylrorie but even U. S.
Senator Lugar has repeatedly complained about being excluded by this Administration.
The President could
certainly have discussed, debated, attempted to persuade Mr. Lugar.This is what
politics is all about.Not professions of faith.Reason. Persuasion. But recall that this is the president who said that what he liked about being President is that
he did not have to explain himself.And it appears that this extends to everyone
inside and outside of the Administration.But if Mr. Bush had engaged in vigorous
and frank exchanges with Mr. Lugar and others would so many mistakes have been made?If Mr. Bremmer had been at work through out 2002 would confusion reign?The simple exercise of open discussion might have clarified the policy before
it turned to confusion.
Mr. Bush after four
years in office does not appear to me as a man practiced in the arts of argumentation, persuasion, and reasoning.When, for example, one hears him stumble over a question about new appointments to his cabinet, at the
news conference, one wonders if he even talks to his wife?He answered the question by talking about how he was concerned that members of his cabinet were “burned
out” and how he would be looking to see which ones were “burned out” and would be dumping them.I know Mrs. Bush could have found a more artful way to express her gratitude for everyone who has served
in the cabinet and would be meeting with each one to express her gratitude personally, and discuss the future, etc. etc.
The fact that Mr. Bush
stumbles over even such simple questions causes one to question how much of what has been done and not done during his time
at the bully pulpit is the result of a subtle strategy, and how much is the result of plain inarticulateness, and how much
is the result of mental confusion due to lack of experience talking and thinking about these questions?
Why all the secrecy?Why not publish the minutes of the cabinet meetings?Isn’t the idea of politics to have one’s ideas known?But
then we must remember, what Mr. Bush likes about being President is that he does not have to explain himself to people, even
his friends, even the fellow countrymen he is asking to die.
the truth.They deserve to know how Iraq
sponsored terrorists around the world.They need to hear it from their President.
They deserve our support.
They deserve a well run and organized administration of Iraq
and the war.This is only possible if this Administration starts
engaging in open and honest public discussions.
Let us start now with
Iran and Syria.If we leave Iran to
Israel we will have failed in our duty to our people and the
world.We have asked much of so many, can we fail to ask honesty of ourselves?
Mrs. Jack Swanson is reporting
(KSFO-AM) that Bill Jones, the reputed Republican Party candidate for U. S. Senate in the race against the Marin Senator Boxer,
is actually worth $50 million (not the $15 million net worth estimate previously reported).This significantly larger figure makes it impossible that the candidate’s wealth was “illiquid” as
the candidate had claimed when he tried to explain why he was reneging on his previously given promise to the Republican Party
that he would fund the campaign for Senate.
Mrs. Jack Swanson also reported
that Jones owns “ethanol plants,” i.e. plural, meaning more than one.It
is our contention that his involvement in “ethanol” a State mandated fuel additive caused the candidate to throw
the election to the Democrats. (“Ethanol” was not the first choice
of the State of California where MTBE was originally used as an additive until
the pollution from MTBE itself became a political controversy, in large part because of the publicity given the danger by
Mrs. Jack Swanson on KSFO.What the State has given Mr. Jones, the State can
take away, and don’t you think Mr. Jones knows it?Too rich to be bought?Governor?)
During the campaign the candidate
failed to sponsor a single television ad even for cable.The San Francisco
Chronicle described his candidacy as “surprisingly weak.”His aimless
two month campaign schedule was limited to only a few events a week with days going by without any activity at all.And dull!Was he dull on purpose? On his website and in his papers Jones repeatedly quoted approvingly and associated himself with the other Marin
Senator, Feinstein, as if they were running mates.(Senator Feinstein having made her fortune by manipulating the zoning ordinances of
San Francisco when she was Supervisor and Mayor, (after
the death of Moscone), using the zoning to drive up the price of her real estate holdings.)The website ChronWatch has asked “where
is the outrage” against Bill Jones?Will the Republican Party investigate
Dr. Newt Gingrich, former
speaker of the House, reported on the Sean Hannity show that the homeownership rate for San Francisco
(Pelosiville) is 35%, near the lowest in the nation.Dr. Gingrich commented that
such a low rate of ownership impacts adversely on how people relate to their community.This is why the Post Liberal Bay Area elite increasingly relies on illegal aliens.The illegals can not vote.If they protest or complain, (for example if
they should write letters to the Senate), they can be “violated” and deported back to Mexico.This reliance on oppressed peoples is characteristic of the Junkie Nation created
by the Post Liberal elite.
by College visitor:
A Man in Full?
Good bye Gulfstream liberals, we hardly knew yee:
Tuesday, 13 May 03, weblogs
The eclipse of Ted Turner began years ago, as this Fortune
Magazine article chronicles. It was bound to happen. Compulsive achievers usually
come to grief at the onset of old age, if not sooner. I have tried for many years to ignore Turner, but every sailor must
contend with his legacy. In his bookFastnet Force 10, John Rousmaniere described the storm that
beset a racing fleet between England and Ireland in 1979. "By the time the race was over," remarks the Landfall Navigation
website, "Fifteen people had died, twenty-four crews had abandoned ship,
five yachts had sunk, 136 sailors had been rescued, and only 85 boats had finished the race."
Turner captained a boat that was leading in the race.
His craft crossed the critical stretch of water before the storm peaked. Hurtling home, "Captain Outrageous" encountered conditions
severe enough that he showed every evidence of panic, according to the guarded account Rousmaniere pieced together from comments
of the crew. Turner's wealth and influence insulated him from more serious criticism. Nevertheless, Fastnet Force 10
affirmed my bad impression of Turner when I first read it six or seven years ago. I'd like to reread the book now, but it
has not resurfaced among the volumes I unpacked last week. I can't imagine what happened to it. Tim wouldn't have loaned it
out; no one else in Fargo would be likely to read it.
The Fortune article linked above (thanks to Drudge)
describes the family life of this unpleasant man in some detail. Despite her almost mocking tone, author Patricia Sellers
repeatedly reveals her basic affinity with the values and beliefs of the mogul she profiles. Toward the end of the second
page, she describes Turner lounging at one of his many estates:
Here at the 31,000-acre Avalon Plantation near Tallahassee, Turner
is trying to capture his "more noble life." Out on the veranda, overlooking a lush, tree-lined expanse, he is dressed in hunting
clothes and an Australian cowboy hat, lounging in a white wicker chaise. By his side: his 4-year-old Labrador retriever, Blackie,
and 47-year-old Kathy Leach, an Atlanta-based interior designer and one of his girlfriends. As he talks about his love of
the land, Turner is contemplative. "My grandfather was a farmer, and you know, I've got some Irish in me," he says.
What a poseur! He gives the Irish a bad name. A tad defensively,
Sellers uses an interesting phrase to start a subsequent paragraph:
No dilettante land baron, Turner buys properties specifically to
preserve species--human and animal. On top of the $500 million he estimates he has spent to purchase land, he spends millions
more to restore native wildlife--wood storks and red-cockaded woodpeckers at Avalon, bison and grizzly bears in Montana, condors
and bighorn sheep in New Mexico, black-footed ferrets and black-tailed prairie dogs in South Dakota. In the Turnerverse, the
standing order is "Don't mess with anything"; even bats, tarantulas, and rattlesnakes are sacred. Says Laura Turner Seydel,
41, the eldest of Turner's children and a well-regarded conservationist: "He takes land and makes it like the landscapes were
before white men came and damaged it."
Dilettante land baron...that's exactly what the man
is, and Sellers proves it even as she denies it. Judging from the words of the "well-regarded conservationist," Turner has
also raised a brood of race-baiting guilt-mongers. "Don't mess with anything" is not exactly a progressive credo; instead
it crudely summarizes a conservatism as simple-minded and ignorant as the doctrine of any backwater Baptist.
Honest archaeologists know that native people radically altered
the ecology of the continent with fire and rapacious hunting. Pre-colonial landscapes were products of interplay between natural
forces and human action. The terms of engagement have changed, and modern Americans have much more powerful tools at their
disposal; but there's something comical, sad, and evil about people who fly in corporate jets while whining about the rapacity
of "white men."
On the final page of her article, Sellers describes the family
controversy over gas drilling on a family ranch in New Mexico. Cash starved, the old man has authorized accelerated development.
His prissy kids are furious.
Beau Turner, who manages the properties' wildlife, vehemently opposed
the drilling, but his father cut a deal with the rights holder, El Paso Corp., for an enhanced royalty. "I hate drilling,
and I asked him, 'Dad, if you weren't in these financial straits, would you be doing this?' He told me no." (Ted) Turner admits
today: "I wouldn't have done it if not for the decline of the stock." At the suggestion that he might use the income from
the gas drilling to fund some good causes, he snaps, "Like to pay the bills? That's a good cause."
As I write this the
outcome of the election is unknown.Yet certainly we lose.Lose whether Mr. Bush is returned to office or not.Why?Because it should not have been so close.
Why was it so close?
Let me ask you:Why is there so much animosity for our Party?This is why it is so close.
The visceral hatred
of Mr. Bush results from his inability to express himself.Rather than simply
accepting that he is not a persuasive public speaker, (as we do), our opponents project all their fears and loathing on to
him.They are quite wrong to do so.Yet
this is why there is such hatred for us, this is why the election was so close.
Why do they project
their inner most fears and loathing on to us?Because we do not engage them in
rational discourse.This is why Mr. Bush’s failure at public speaking is
so damaging.They infer from this that rational discourse with us is not possible.Without any out let, without any possibility for reasoning, they turn to anger.This is why there is such hatred, this is why the election is so close.
I was listening to
Rush Limbaugh, (the king of talk radio), and he was describing the Democrat Party in a way that I could not recognize. It was the straw man Democrat Party.“They
just want to take our money,” he was saying.O’Reilly also has reverted
to explaining all the costs of government as resulting from drunken lazy people.“Should
my tax dollars go for that?” he asks with the sophistry one has come to expect from him.(This from a man who has just paid a woman $10 million for the pleasure of talking dirty to her.And he complains about is measly tax dollars?$10 million
is one third of his capital.No one has ever proposed a 33.33% capital tax! (Well,
a fool and his money.)But I digress.)
This is why there is
such hatred for the Republican Party, and Mr. Bush, and this is why the election was so close.Because of people like Mr. Limbaugh and O’Reilly, and their straw man arguments.Every judge knows the importance of summing up.If he fails to show that
he has heard and understood the arguments, no matter how carefully he reasons his opinion, there will be dissatisfaction.Dissatisfaction not with the law, or even his interpretation, but dissatisfaction
because the aggrieved party will feel that there has been a miscarriage of justice, simply because they have not been heard.
disparage the Democrats all he wants, but if no one feels that his description of the Democrats is fair, an accurate representation
of the Party they know, then his yammerings come off flat, and what is more, they show the opposition that discourse is not
possible.They are not being heard.
So too when the President
inarticulately discusses the issues it enrages the opposition because they become hopeless.What good is rational discourse, this man is not listening?He can not
even explain his own position, what good does it do us to debate?This is why
the election is so close.
This is why even if
Mr. Bush is returned to office we lose.Simply because the vote is close, we
And if he is returned
what consolation can we have for the next four years?This is the President
who famously said that what he liked about being President was that he did not have to explain himself to people, they have
to explain themselves to him.Now that he no longer faces reelection does anyone
suppose he will take time to talk to us?Even when he did face reelection he
arrived at his first debate obviously unprepared to discuss the affairs of state.
For all of 2002 he
failed to plan for the new Iraqi government, and appointed Mr. Bremmer, the 3, to his post only when the tanks were actually
advancing on Baghdad.Did anyone
discuss the new government with him?Were there intense discussions, even debates,
within his administration?Clearly not.Why clearly?Look at how poorly he discusses these issues even during
his reelection campaign.Do you suppose he will now become expansive, and inform
us of his reasoning now that he is no longer answerable to us for anything other than an impeachment trial in the Senate?
This is why no matter
what the outcome tonight, or tomorrow, or tomorrow, or all our tomorrows we have lost this election.We can look forward to four more years of being ignored, neglected, abandoned.And we are his friends!The opposition can be expected to
seethe for the next four years.Who can blame them.
For get about my claims
against the IRS.Who can expect that this
administration will review the IRS’s disclosure of my name to the very criminals
they had asked me to assist them in investigating? No I am serious.That was in 1996.I do not expect this
Republican administration to help me.They are if anything contemptuous of me.I understand that.
No, not me.But consider Laurie Mylrorie.Has anyone at the White House
ever even called her to discuss her views?Not invite her over to lunch with
the President.Not give her an official assignment.No, not that.Just talk to her?Of course not.Her proposal to genetically identify the Baluch
not only has been ignored, one doubts that this administration has even read her book, not withstanding that it has Bush in
the title:Bush v. The Beltway.Forget
about me, Mylrorie is a Harvard trained scholar, a former faculty member of the WarCollege, and they ignore her too.This
is why we lose.This is why the election was so close.This is why they hate us.There does not appear that there
is anyone with whom one can reason.
And even when our troops
arrived in Iraq, without a government to install, still this
administration appears to have had no plan.No survey and census was made of
the people of Iraq.(So how do you know who is who?)No mass arrests of populations in open
defiance.(“We are Americans, we do not just round up people,”recall the general said.)No constitution
and parliament was established for over a year.The government that was established,
the Governing Council, was then almost immediately destabilized by, if not exactly “our” government, at least
it was destabilized by factions within our government, at State and the CIA.
Why this result?The most powerful country in the world, arrives in Iraq
after a series of lightning attacks, a brilliant military campaign:And then
what? What now? Nothing.And why
nothing?For the same reason the general said “We are Americans, we do
not just round up people.” That general could not even consider that
we could “legally” engage in a policy of mass arrests.Why?
Well you tell
me.Why didn’t Mr. Bush have a constitution and a government ready to go?A parliament of 200 exiles for example?No?Not exiles?Oh, ok, then
how about 200 exiled Iraqis and 200 Iraqis that had remained in Iraq
during the old regime?No?How about
2 to 1 then?200 exiles and 400 locals, a parliament of 600?Or 3 to 1?200 exiles and 600 chosen from those who lived
under the old regime?
Or do you think
an 800 member parliament is too many?Could we have done that?Oh, no.We couldn’t just do that.We have to wait for “elections.”No, we have to
wait for “free elections.”Yes that isthe old formula.More troops and “free elections.”(Elections in a war zone?Oh, yes, we
are Americans we have to have our “free elections.”That is what
“democracy” is all about, right?Not a culture carefully and patiently
nurtured over years. No.we have instant coffee, why not “instant democracy?”This is your limited, culturally conditioned, ethnocentric view.And who is there to contradict you?No one.This is the problem. )
Your thinking that
we can not simply set up a government is an example of the intellectual limitations caused by the failure of our public discourse.Not only does Mr. Bush fail at debate for lack of practice, but we, because of our
lack of experience of listening to well reasoned arguments fail to apprehend the world and the possibilities it presents.Because we have not had an effective executive, or anyone, who will take to the lectern
and argue persuasively for our positions, the public remains ignorant of the possibilities, unprepared for the dangers, and
also this is why the opposition is so angry, lost in this darkness created by ineptitude they project their worst fears on
And this is the problem.We were the victors.We could have done
anything.We did nothing but destabilize our own “government.”Not just the Governing Council, (whom we have now thrown to the wolves), but
our own government:the Bush administration.
This is why we
lose no matter who “wins” the election.Mr. Bush lacked the confidence
to impose a government on Iraq not withstanding the military
victory.How do I know he lacked the confidence?Because he lacked even the confidence to debate the issues during the campaign. Just
like that general who said “We are Americans, we do not just round up people,”our leadership felt constrained and limited in what was “permissible.”
That general went to
the same schools as the rest of our society.Schools that are controlled by the
same liberal intellectual elite that has poisoned so much of the American establishment.The State Department warned against a “government in exile” before we actually invaded and so Mr. Bush
dutifully waited until the tanks were rolling before he appointed Mr. Bremmer even though this failure may have cost him his
reelection.The CIA actively worked againstthe administration but no action was, has been, or ever will be taken against the
CIA.(Mr. Robert Baer pointed out actual corruption
in the CIA in the awarding of multi-million dollar contracts but does anyone expect that
any action was taken to investigate his charges?Of course not.)
But this failure
of insight, of foresight, of leadership, is not just a problem of this administration, or of Mr. Bush,there is here a fundamental failure of intellectual honesty and integrity.For too long the conservatives, the Republicans have been arguing against straw men, emulating Limbaugh and O’Reilly.Too long we have failed to have honest and frank debates.Like Mr. Bush hiding in his oval office we have gotten out of practice.We appear inept and inarticulate.
we appear intellectually dishonest.This is why the election was so close.This is why we lose even if Mr. Bush is returned to office.
William F. Buckley,
Jr., used to make it a point not only to have an opponent to whom he gave equal time, (what would be the point otherwise?),
but he was also vigilant to make sure he left a third of the time for an interlocutor to carry on an independent examination
of the subject.
From William F. Buckley,
Jr., to Rush Limbaugh arguing with straw men we have the tableau of intellectual decline.From Ronald Reagan, writing letter after letter propounding his views, to Mr. Bush’s inarticulate ramblings,
we have a similar dismal panorama.
This is why the
opposition is so passionate in their hatred of us.This is why the election was
so close.Why bother to argue or reason
if reasoning doesn’t seem to matter?
to a bare struggle for power.Reason is vanquished. This is why we lose.
On eve of election, the Guardian
visits Tom Wolfe, (Drudge):
"Here is an example of
the situation in America,"
he says: "Tina Brown wrote in her column that she was at a dinner where a group of media heavyweights were discussing, during
dessert, what they could do to stop Bush. Then a waiter announces that he is from the suburbs, and will vote for Bush. And
... Tina's reaction is: 'How can we persuade these people not to vote for Bush?' I draw the opposite lesson: that Tina and
her circle in the media do not have a clue about the rest of the United States.
You are considered twisted and retarded if you support Bush in this election. I have never come across a candidate who is
so reviled. Reagan was sniggered it, but this is personal, real hatred.
"Indeed, I was at a similar
dinner, listening to the same conversation, and said: 'If all else fails, you can vote for Bush.' People looked at me as if
I had just said: 'Oh, I forgot to tell you, I am a child molester.' I would vote for Bush if for no other reason than to be
at the airport waving off all the people who say they are going to London if he
wins again. Someone has got to stay behind."
Where does it come from, this
endorsement of the most conservative administration within living memory? Of this president who champions the right and the
rich, who has taken America into the mire of war, and seeks
re-election tomorrow? Wolfe's eyes resume the expression of detached Southern elegance.
"I think support for Bush is
about not wanting to be led by East-coast pretensions. It is about not wanting to be led by people who are forever trying
to force their twisted sense of morality onto us, which is a non-morality. That is constantly done, and there is real resentment.
Support for Bush is about resentment in the so-called 'red states' - a confusing term to Guardian readers, I agree - which
here means, literally, middle America. I come from one of
those states myself, Virginia. It's the same resentment, indeed, as that against your own newspaper when it sent emails targeting
individuals in an American county." Wolfe laughs as he chastises. "No one cares to have outsiders or foreigners butting into
their affairs. I'm sure that even many of those Iraqis who were cheering the fall of Saddam now object to our being there.
As I said, I do not think the excursion is going well."
And John Kerry? "He is a man
no one should worry about, because he has no beliefs at all. He is not going to introduce some manic radical plan, because
he is poll-driven, and it is therefore impossible to know where or for what he stands."
As far as Wolfe is concerned,
"the great changes in America came with the second world war,
since which time I have not seen much shift in what Americans fundamentally believe. Apart from the fact that as recently
as the 1970s, Nelson Rockefeller shocked people by leaving his wife of 30 years, while now celebrities routinely have children
outside marriage, the mayor of New York leaves his wife for his lover and no one blinks. But a large number of people have
remained religious, and it is a divided country - do not forget that Al Gore nearly won the last election. The country is
split right along party lines."
And there has been a
complete climate change in the nation which elected Bill Clinton twice, to that which may confer the same honour on George
Bush tomorrow. This, says Wolfe, began not with the election of Bush, but on the morning of September 11 2001.
None of us who were in New
York that day will ever forget it, and Wolfe is no exception. "I was sitting in my office when someone
called to tell me two light planes had collided with the World Trade Centre. I turned on my television, before long there
was this procession of people of all kinds, walking up the street. What I remember most was the silence of that crowd; there
was no sound.