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Cycles.

 

Our Grand Cherokee died, more or less, so we got a Wrangler (pre-owned by long margin).  Cruel Wife gets her car back and I get a jeep back.  I am tickled.  It drives like a jeep, it rides like a jeep, and it is noisy.  The short wheel base will murder you if you don’t respect it.  And I love it.

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Well.  I am probably busier than any other time in my career at this moment.  It is kind of a crushing load felt by everyone in my company (and our families).  So I come home and don’t want to blog.

But here we are, hmmm?

A constitutional law guy does nothing and then gets elected to be president based on no demonstrable merit whatsoever.  Then, after years of trailblazing goat-paths through mediocrity, somehow manages to blame the system, saying it is broken.  And in his complaints, he manages to twist reality so badly it almost tears the fabric of space and time.

President Obama is taking a swipe at the Founding Fathers, blaming his inability to move his agenda on the “disadvantage” of having each state represented equally in the Senate.

Yeah, that is pretty effed up, all right.  Screwed up by the very senate you own… Tragic.

At a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night, Mr. Obama told a small group of wealthy supporters that there are several hurdles to keeping Democrats in control of the Senate and recapturing the House. One of those problems, he said, is the apportionment of two Senate seats to each state regardless of population.

If I need to explain the ways in which that is wrong you probably wandered over here by mistake, but I wanted to point the situation out.

“Obviously, the nature of the Senate means that California has the same number of Senate seats as Wyoming. That puts us at a disadvantage,” Mr. Obama said.

He is missing the point.  That was the intent.

Here is the part where his logic is like a bag of cats, and you can smell crazy all over it.

“So there are some structural reasons why, despite the fact that Republican ideas are largely rejected by the public, it’s still hard for us to break through,” Mr. Obama said.

There isn’t a lick of logic there.

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Should women get paid leave for menstrual cramps?  Boy that sure is a litmus issue for this election year, isn’t it?

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I notice that the flaw “hubris” hasn’t changed much.  Especially in weather modeling.

What is so entertaining is that they can claim that previous statements could be called wrong no matter how vocal and strident they were before (but wrong) and this time claim certainty that they are incontestably right.  On Themageddon…

“There’s no serious dispute any more about whether the globe is warming, whether humans are responsible, and whether we will see large and dangerous changes in the future – in the words of the National Academy of Sciences – which we didn’t know in the 1970s,” said Michael Mann, a climatologist at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. He added that nearly every U.S. scientific society has assessed the evidence and come to the same conclusion.

His stance in Chillageddon in the 70’s?

“Meteorologists disagree about the cause and extent of the cooling trend, as well as over its specific impact on local weather conditions. But they are almost unanimous in their view that the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century.”

Yeah, but this time the hysteria is based on fact, right?

They don’t even have the grace to be ashamed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tomorrow night I’ve got things to say about Obama’s delusion of godhood as evidenced by his speech tonight.  And I have a few comments on some remarks made by Jeff Kuhner while he filled in on The Savage Nation tonight.  His remarks are his opinions and he has a right to them, but I’m troubled by a few things he said. 

But for now, I’m posting what I started last night and slumped over in the middle of.  Yes, it’s philosophical and I’m probably so full of sh*t that I squeak when turning corners.  If that sort of thing bothers you, go read something on Drudge.

You follow this blog any length of time and you realize that I’m weirded out by the idea of teleportation.  Are you the same person you were when you went in or not?

Well, the idea that came to me the other day really screws with my brain.  I probably heard it from someone else and forgot where.  It’s exceedingly rare for anyone to come up with a new idea so I think it is ridiculous to believe that I did in this instance.  The genesis of this line of thinking is no longer in my data banks, is all I’m saying.

You sleep every day, right?  Sometimes more, sometimes less, and the quality can vary (me, it goes between crap and mega-crap).

But if you stop and think about it, for that period the conscious you is no longer you.  “You” don’t exist.

And it is these “While you were out” moments that bother me.  No, I can’t explain it any better than I can explain away a debilitating fear of spiders or fear of bad mayo when there’s no mayo within five miles.  Perhaps a relative was killed by a marauding mayo packet when I was a kid or something.

We live our lives with a constant narrative where we build up the world in our heads, and concepts and thoughts aren’t really language as much as metaphor and our brains trick us into thinking that we just worked through something in an actual language.  Go ahead, picture running down to the store for a six-pack of Dr. Pepper and a steak.  Did you really just use the words “Yep, there I am driving to the store, purchasing sugary products for an obscene amount of money, and there I go, off to select a part of a bovine that looks delicious”?

No.  You thought and then pictured the act complete with all of the nuances and feelings that make it an experience unique to you.  In other words, good luck explaining to someone every last detail of how the thought of such an act seems to you when you imagine it – the feeling, the steps, the way you picture the lighting, the feel of the car seat, the exemplar of the classic squeaky-wheeled cart, the wrinkles in the fabric where the word “Juicy” is spelled on some chick’s butt, and the smell of the seafood display.  When you picture that complex notion, it is like a faceted gem with many thousands of facets, and only you can see every facet of the metaphor as you spin it in your head.  No one else in the world sees anything more than a 2-D projection of that faceted metaphorical gem of… uh…  metaphor… that is in your head.  Maybe they might see several if you are a good writer or talk a lot, and they care enough to try, but that’s about it.  For example, they will never know the full shape of the metaphor in your head when you picture how you feel when a dog snarls and barks right next to you.  We are born alone, live alone, and die alone –  that is, when you talk in terms of total understanding of a concept between people.

You do this  for the huge portion of your day, and your reality was formed out of that running narrative of metaphor.  Then you go to sleep and reality collapses like a wavefunction between that moment and the next morning when you reboot.  And you start a new narrative that might have recycled some of the previous day if your ocytocins were elevated, or perhaps it is a totally warpy/woofy world metaphor after all that stuff was partially sent through a biological wood chipper called dreaming while you slept, or perhaps it is totally subsumed upon waking if you have a newfound case of transient global amnesia or diarrhea.  But most normally it is not something that radical.  It’s the world around you that presents new information and you recycle the code (Object-Oriented-Metaphor alert) from the previous day and you build new things in your head.  It’s exactly like K’nex only incredibly complex and totally different.

But you are really the operating system that the metaphor objects are constructed and destructed in… inheritance, polymorphism, subclassing.  It all happens there, while you are doing brain things inside your head, nonstop and over and over.

My point is, when the metaphor that defines “now” goes away, and your consciousness re-sets it, when you wake up are you any longer you?  Seriously, it’s sh*t like this that troubles me at times.  Yes, I know the argument “Well, obviously you’ve gone to sleep and woken thousands and thousands of times and it made no difference”.  Well, is that true?  Would you know?  Probably not, given the sense of humor in this perverse universe God set in motion.

Must go find some more dry-erase markers – I am running low and these don’t have nearly the fumes I require.

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Ok, now go to this Cracked.com article and look up #4… “Hallucinate Like You Just Took LSD, Legally”

There’s a quote from Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams – where a character notes that in the name of knowledge an evil priest pursued intellectual avenues (and magical) that essentially twisted him by exposing him to malevolent powers, and he pronounces such methods as very unwise as basically it is:

…throwing your door open and letting whatever evil passes by to come in.

Well, I think there are instances where you can know that your brain ought not have control of you.  You might not know why but you still might know that it’s just not something you want to f*** with.  In sharp contrast with my high-school and college days I now have a deeper understanding of my brain and do not want to give up even the tiniest grip I have on reality.  Hey, maybe it’s as safe as hits of nitrous oxide from a hefty bag but why take a chance if you have any doubts?

I’m curious though, and if you are inquisitive enough try the method above, let me know how it goes, m’kay?

A good friend (The Butcher of Lansing) told me once:

The mind is like a bad neighborhood – you don’t want to go in there alone.

He’s a schmot guy.

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This is a totally random thought but it occurred to me that I really don’t like the notion of “tropes”.  It strikes me as a vehicle to be as cynical as you want, about anything, no excuses.

That should be reserved for blogs.

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UPDATE: Dick Morris – An Election the Republicans Needed to Lose – Good Luck Obama

Morris essentially has said (and I agree) that something warm and squishy is going to hit the fan and it might as well splatter all over the democrats.  If conservatives had to lose, this is the time to do so.

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Many voters and supporters of Obama did so out of a sincere belief in the words “hope”, which they had plenty of, and “change” which they won’t see much of.

The hard reality is that the changes promised by Obama are outside of the comfort zone of many of the congressional members because of the current political/social climate.

So what will happen when these supporters don’t see the dramatic changes enacted to care for their every need?

Let’s look at Michael Bloomberg, Ruler of New York City.  Apparently everyone was to receive a $400 refund.  The concept of a refund sounded pretty good to many.  But when the realities were examined and the heavy breathing subsided, not only did the $400 just turn to bitter dust and blow away, the good mayor began to make suggestions of a 7%-15% increase in city resident taxes.

NYC residents are somewhat bitter from all accounts.

The same sort of thing is highly likely here with President-elect Obama.  He’s made many promises and people have looked at what he said he believed in and said “We like this!”  But, the money has to actually come from somewhere and there is nothing that leads one to believe that “sharing the wealth” will ever be anything outside of a pipe dream.

So then what?

At worst we would see cries of “Racism!” and “Partisanship!”.  Perhaps even “Conspiracy to make Obama fail!”

At best, Obama could be hampered by not only Republicans chastised by this election cycle (realizing that perhaps the party has strayed from it’s core) but by the so-called “Blue-Dog Democrats” who will insist on reining in the fiscally irresponsible excesses that have become the norm in recent history.

Not that this would be a bad thing.

But the end result is that large numbers of voters who are happy today and have invested so much of themselves emotionally in this election will be sadly disappointed.  They do not realize that the current state of affairs is far larger than the office of POTUS.  Giving people false hope in change is worse than giving them moderated hope that has some basis in reality.

It will be a rude awakening for many.

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To lighten it up… Detroit … Obama Win Bittersweet for Detroit Residents Hoping to Riot

Detroit, MI – In a historic moment, yesterday Barack Obama was elected President of the United States by a sound margin and the streets of Detroit thusly remained quiet, much to the disappointment of many city residents… [more]

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Today’s Globular Worming Roundup

The BBC chastising anyone not toeing the orthodox line on globular worming?  Heavens!

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Let’s hedge our bets.  It’s a win-win for the hemp-wearing crowd because magic mushrooms could be helping with globular worming, too.

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