The Obama administration's replacement for Guantanamo Bay. This will protect America
Special Report’s lead story Wednesday evening was
the remarkable saga that is now called “Gitmo.” my nominee for the
first annual “Non-Sequitur Policy of the Year” award (NSPY, pronounced
“nespy”, rhyming with ESPN’s ESPY award). Not a very catchy title,
perhaps, but appropriately utilitarian in form and function. This first
annual award goes to the policy which most epitomizes the absurdity of
left wing activist government. It was not an easy choice. continue at NewsReal…
Dick Wolf has fallen from the heights as a writer on “Hill Street Blues,” a supervising producer of “Miami Vice” and the creator/producer of the once-excellent “Law and Order” trilogy. The flagship of the “Law and Order” series is “Law and Order,” the two other shows being “SVU” (Special Victims Unit) and “CI”(Criminal Intent). Perhaps 20 years is too long for any series, but “Law and Order” has devolved into the cheapest form of left-wing paranoid delusion. It is so obvious, it gives left-wing propaganda a bad name. Maybe Karl Rove planted a mole. I now watch it for its comedic satirical value, as one would watch “Saturday Night Live.”
The last episode was “Fed.” It’s a story about an ACORN-like community organizing group called “Rights Alliance.” The founder of the Rights Alliance has a conservative infiltrator murdered to “cover up a cover-up.” The cover up is an affair the founder was having with one of its members. The “cover up of the cover-up” was the money being paid by the founder to his mistress’s husband to keep the affair quiet. The right-wing infiltrator was murdered because he had been secretly video taping a sting he was arranging unrelated to the affair–clearly meant to be reminiscent of the O’Keefe/Giles real life ACORN investigation. The founder feared this tape would open the organization up to scrutiny, thus exposing his affair and the subsequent monetary extortion to his girlfriend’s husband. We are not supposed to be shedding too many tears for our murder victim, given he was “tricking a few dumb kids in an ambush video.” (more at Big Hollywood…)
AMC’s The Prisoner was awful. The headache inducing flashbacks, incomprehensible sudden and rapid scene changes, incessant and interminable runs through the desert to find the sea, the ever present morose gay son, “11-12,” of “2,” and the lack of any plot tension made the show almost unwatchable. But watch it I did, because I wanted to know both 2’s reasons and the technology that helped create “the Village.” The answer was preposterous. I should have read a “spoiler” review instead.
I never watched the original 1960’s television show, so had no particular expectations. The Prisoner is about a technology company, “Summaker,” which identifies people it presumes need help. It kidnaps them and places them in an induced hallucinogenic state. The hallucination is the “Village,” which looks like a human-sized toy town. The kidnapped live out their lives in a dreary hallucinogenic sameness with identical small pink houses, ambition free jobs, and some sense that all is ok. Villagers are unaware, mostly, they live in a hallucination, although many have odd “dreams” about their past. Dreamers are hunted down and sent down bottomless holes that appear in the ground. We are led to believe they are gone and dead. (Do they go back to the real world?). (more at Big Hollywood…)
I'm sorry. Did I break your concentration? I didn't mean to do that.
Please, continue. You were sayin' something about "best intentions"?
What's the matter? Oh, y-you were finished? Oh, well, allow me to
Think Quentin Tarantino instead of Frank Baum. When the curtain is
pulled back, Oz has a gun. In an imaginary Tarantino version of the
“Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy and her pals are in mortal danger for exposing
the fraud which was the Wizard. But deception in our times
does not lead to reflection and redemption, as it did in the Wizard of
Oz. Instead, we witness a ruthless doubling down on the deception.
Within a week of the “hide the decline” revelations from the Wizards
of Anglia, the climate warming ideologues and plutocrats went to DEF
CON 1. In the ”fake but accurate” world of climate science, their
Oz-like actions may have been unethical, unscientific, fraudulent, and
non-replicable, but they are still the gospel truth, “so help
us Richard Dawkins.” read more at NewsReal…
Of all the Griefs that harrass the Distrest, Sure the most bitter is scornful Jest (Samuel Johnson-1738)
Tiger's world has spun out of control. His latest "gambit" of indefinitely quitting golf is the only way to go. One might say, to twist a phrase borrowed from the above quoted Samuel Johnson, "family values are the last refuge of the adulterer". But I won't say that. For the purpose of this essay, I don't attribute to him any more cynicism or,
conversely, morality, than I would any normal human being. Here is my view of this whole thing, from his perspective, as of today that is.
A guy who serially cheats on his wife without guilt does not suddenly develop
guilt when caught. He suffers regret. His regret is that his perfect world
has been significantly disturbed. The nature of this perfect world had
been the entire "Tigerness" we all saw; endorsements, fame, admiration,
the satisfaction of the hunt for golf immortality, wife and kids
(without the restrictions of actually having to live with them all the
time); plus the Tigerness we did not see; all the sex he could
ever want. It is the "Tigerness" we saw, the once in a lifetime
mega-competitor, (call him "Super Ego Tiger" versus the
Tiger we did not see, "Id Tiger"), that got him his endorsements and
global admiration. He has lost a big chunk of that admiration and is on
the precipice of losing all his endorsements. In a "marked to market
world", his endorsements have lost much value. No one is showing
Tiger's self imposed indefinite suspension from golf is all about getting popular opinion
back on his side. America is the land of forgiveness. Michael Vick gets
than any 3rd string QB in football history because he is on a forgiveness tour.
This happens all the time with celebrity. Tiger (let's call him
"Ego Tiger") is basically saying
something like the following to the world.
"The "Tigerness" you saw (Tiger without the serial adultery) is the
way one ("I") ought to be, even though I was not him. You, the public, were right to admire that
person. But I failed you and, more importantly, my family. I may never fully become that
person you thought you saw, but I will try. We all know the most important thing in life is family.
Before I can accomplish anything that matters---including golf---my
family first must be restored---or at least I must try everything to
make that happen. If I can't, then I alone will suffer the
consequences. Only when that effort has been made, can I then return to the
important, but secondary, work of being the greatest golfer ever".
Men who watch ESPN or Sports Center to get their Tiger News miss one vital cultural component to the "meaning of Tiger". The opinion of women will impact his rehabilitation. They may never trust him again, but he needs them to stop loathing him. Women find his actions disturbing and
threatening. "If he can do it, so can my husband/boyfriend". They liked
Tiger, but not anymore, for now at least.
Mens' opinion of Tiger may be more complex than that of women. Men who live like him
(re: serial sex, etc.) are just glad its not them who got caught. Men who
don't cheat are disappointed they lost such a great fellow chaste
"teammate". It does not matter what the great atheists of the 19th and
early 20th century thought (e.g., Freud and Nietzsche) about such
matters of Christian guilt and morals. Tiger lives in the "wheelhouse" of so called "common"
morality, which is America.
He is desperate to put the metaphorical cracked bowl of his life back together piece by piece. Why? Because Tiger wants the
admiration, the glory and the money. Now he is a laughingstock. But he does not want to be John Daley. He want to be "Tiger Woods". We cannot know if this is a cynical ploy, a sincere move, or a vain attempt at unnatural self suppression. I happen to believe it is easier to accomplish his objective as a true
believer. Then he does not have to remember all the lies he tells himself or others. Admittedly, it could become a holding pattern too. That is, he can go through the strenuous motions of trying to make his marriage work and then when it fails people will have at least believed he tried. But maybe he really wants to stay married. I certainly don't know. But the bottom line is he wants his old life
back--the Super Ego version. He will give up "Id Tiger" if he needs to, at least until some new relationship between he and the public develops.
If we have heard the worst of it (for example, we don't want to
hear about bi-sexual orgies) then this may succeed. But he must be
seen to be doing penance. Our fallen heroes, to be forgiven, must
suffer righteous penance. Just think Roman Catholic catechism, confession, and penance. One thing is for certain. Sports fans will flock back to Tiger. He just needs to show his fans he cares enough to suffer.
“I like my coffee black and my NFL football straight.”
This was a send up on Joe Namath’s quip “I like my women blond and my Johnny Walker Red.” I almost never care or want to know anything about an athlete’s personal life, political opinions, peccadilloes, or anything beyond their contribution to winning the contest. It simply gets in the way of enjoying the sport. Athletes compete to win. Fans enjoy competition and gravitate toward those who win. This is why we watch sports. So I try to tune this other stuff out.
Sometimes you cannot. An extreme example is Michael Vick. In his “personal life,” he liked to kill dogs. Vick was one of the 3 most popular players in the NFL prior to being caught as the kingpin of dog fighting. I cannot watch Vick. He can apologize from now until doomsday but I will not watch him (accept, perhaps, to see him lose.) Interestingly, athletes have not received much attention from the sports press for extramarital affairs. It does not show up on the radar screen like steroid use, gambling, off field violence etc. Athletes are different than politicians in that sense. Super Bowl QB, Ben Rothlisberger, was even accused of sexual assault this summer, and it was a background story at best.
So why is the Tiger Woods story generating such heat? He may be the greatest athlete relative to his own sport in history. He is also a cultural figure, not merely a sports figure. His relationship with his father, in particular, has shaped our image of Woods as a strong “family values” person. I think if the story had been only what the National Enquirer had written, he might have skated by. But Elin Woods was not going quiet into the good night. Most people heard about the car accident before they knew of the Enquire article. Everything about the car accident story was bizarre in its own right. The combination was deadly.
All Tiger fans feel deflated, even me. We loved everything about the guy. As my wife –who is not a sports fan at all — said, “I am so disappointed.” Obviously, he is a different person than we thought. It is kind of a bummer. A few people even have tried to create a “personal is the political” gender story out of this. Hanna Rosin threw down the gauntlet with a self contradictory piece about gender-neutral domestic violence laws.
Others talk about how poorly Tiger has “handled” the story. What’s there to handle? He got caught cheating on his wife in front of the whole world. Both he and Elin feel humiliated, for different reasons of course. The last thing I want to see is some Mark Sanford style public apology. ..........read more here Tiger: As Cold As Ice
Editor’s Note: Please read part 1 here which explains some of the scientific reasons which the author does not agree with the global warming theory. In this second part he explains the heuristic reasons for not embracing the idea.
The term “heuristic” is used here as an intuitive judgment based on experiences. It’s the kind of thinking that says “when I see x, y typically follows.” When a policy message and the messenger have a self interested and/or anti-free market, anti-capitalism, and anti-American underpinning, I immediately become a skeptic. Here are several reasons why I “heuristically” disagree with the global warming hypothesis.
The left warned against global cooling in the 60’s and 70’s using the same “apocalypse soon” rhetoric we have today. Paul Ehrlich was the James Hansen of his day. When one reads the (increasingly left wing) Wikipedia entry on Ehrlich, we see revisionist interpretations. You see, his position was never “really” considered scientifically sound. He famously bet free-markets philosopher Julian Simon that commodity prices would be higher in 20 years than in 1980. He believed mankind was pillaging the earth and we were “running out” of resources. He was famously wrong. He now believes in global warming. read more…
Carl Sagan: "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
On Fox’s Special Report Monday evening, Brit Hume made the central
argument against the politics and science of global warming: its
proponents have not yet made accurate predictions. Nor have they gotten
the concept straight. Is “global warming” or “climate change” the
I began writing about this issue years ago and always have been an extreme skeptic (Climate Change Fraud – Hollywood’s Silent Spring.) The data appeared doctored and the conclusions seemed preposterous. But my assumption had been it was due to extreme researcher bias,
not explicit fraud, as we now know is also true. Modern climate science
has become a political game of wealth transference. Future generations
will view AGW as we now view alchemy,
a “science” which Isaac Newton believed during his lifetime. I cannot
transfer my certainty to you, but I can explain why I think this way.
In part 1, I will discuss scientific reasons; and, in part 2, my heuristic reasons for this skepticism. read more…