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what's next?

Again, one of those days when I feel like something is coming, that sense of the building up of bad karma and negative energy that makes the air around you feel as if one small strike of a match could blow the whole damn thing to pieces.

Sgt. Hook wonders about what's next, as do I. There's always something coming, isn't there? There's a alway next, more, again.

All this anger and strife creates an invisble energy that rises above us, performing a black magic that we don't know exists until it's just too late. Something's gotta give. A game of karmic tug-of-war can only last so long before one side falls, face down, into the muck.

All this building up of a giant protest against Bush in England is interesting. Scott Ott hit the proverbial nail on the head yesterday and even if it was satirical, there was an underlying truth to it:

A new survey of Britons indicates that a majority believes that U.S. President George Bush is a "stupid evil genius."

"The results indicate that Brits don't think Bush is smart enough to put his right boot on his right foot," said a spokesman for the polling company. "And he's so clever that he tricked the entire U.N. Security Council into thinking Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who sponsored terror. He's a stupid evil genius."

This goes for all of the anti-Bush camp, actually. If you have the cast iron stomach needed to troll through Democratic Underground or Indymedia - and even some mainstream news sites - you can see where Scott is right. All these people claiming that Bush is an idiot with the IQ of a monkey, yet they credit him with coming up with intricate, complicated conspiracies to take over the world. Evil genius, indeed.

So the British arm of the anti-everything faction will gather en masse today to protest Bush. Among those protesters will be none other than Salam Pax himself. Irony, indeed. Here's a guy who has a column in The Guardian, in addition to his book deal, protesting the man who gave him the freedom to do those very things. I guess the freedom that Salam has experienced is all well and good for him, but he'd rather not see his fellow, lesser-advantaged citizens have the same opportunities. It's really no use to tell all these people about their good fortune at having the freedom to do all these things, because it falls on deaf ears. You cannot educate those who don't want to be educated.

And while everyone is pushing and shoving, and there's the never ending crisis in the Middle East, trouble in Africa, nukes in Iran, craziness in North Korea and fires, earthquakes and freak wind storms, we get hours and hours of Scott Peterson's smarmy mug on the news, and Larry King helping you out with make-up tips and Kobe, Kobe, Kobe.

Maybe most people like to walk around with their heads up their asses, oblivious to the building black clouds above them. Maybe ignorance really is bliss. And maybe some people just consider Scott Peterson's extra-marital affairs more important that the fact that some dangerous, sick people want to blow us all up.

Israel. Turkey. Bali. Saudi Arabia. What's next? Where is next? And how do we stop the next thing from coming? How do we keep the terrorists at bay, how do we eradicate them if we are met with resistance every step of the way? Perhaps the people who oppose our little war on terror would prefer we just sit back and let the chips fall where they may, let the natural order of things take control.

And maybe those people did not learn anything from 9/11. The terrorists do not care if you are anti-war or anti-Bush or pro-Hammas. They will stick a bomb up your ass just as soon as they would slice the throat of Jew.

So what's next? When will it be? Where will it be? It's pretty much inevitable. No, not a terror attack, but something. You just can't have this much negativity and bad vibes hanging around without a spontaneous combustion somewhere along the line. It's just a matter of which side - out of hundreds -combusts first, which force will be that strike of a match.


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I've had that feeling since last night. Definately feels like something is coming, something evil. I'll be glad when today is over and I was wrong.

I, too, have been a bit uneasy thinking the exact same thing. Let's hope we are all wrong.

"How do we keep the terrorists at bay, how do we eradicate them if we are met with resistance every step of the way?"

One of the problems inherent with terrorism is that you can't eradicate it. To do so, you'd have to remove the causes and even that doesn't really work (especially as a new terrorist organisation will likely spring up fighting against the new situation, or an extremist splinter group won't settle for any compromise, no matter how reasonable and acceptable to everyone else). Terrorists are reluctant to give up their weapons as to do so robs them of the power they possess and if there's one thing the whole world has in common, it's that no one likes relinquishing power.

The best we can ever hope for is to "contain" terrorism. Sociopaths are always going to have access to guns and bombs or the knowledge to make them. The challenge is to neutralise the threat to our everyday lives without eradicating the civil liberties of the very people we're trying to protect.

The bad vibes might be a Micheal Bolton cd getting ready to be released...or something else.

All these people claiming that Bush is an idiot with the IQ of a monkey, yet they credit him with coming up with intricate, complicated conspiracies to take over the world.

Err, usually it's Karl Rove who gets the credit for the intricate, complicated conspiracies.

Reading Salam's Post, it seems to me he is mocking the protesters, not Bush.

And if that weren't enough... check your blogrolls.

All are like that. Looks like Blogrolling was hacked.

You're right, something is coming. Our blogrolls got hacked last night. I thought it was just me. Nope. Welcome to Monday. I want to go back to bed.

I was about to post pretty much what Thlayli just did. Although I agree that there's lots of unhingedness in the rabid wing of the anti-Bush camp, there is a certain sort of consistency in their view of Bush: evil stupid puppet controlled by evil geniuses.

(I would count myself in the more rational anti-Bush camp, who thinks it's more a matter of a reasonably bright but not particularly well-informed man at the top of an organization that is split between one faction with no principles but a wicked sense of politicking (Rove) and another faction that has strong principles that have, alas, been shown to be the wrong principles to have (Cheney, Wolfowitz, etc.). Neither faction is, as a matter of fact, doing much to help prevent the Next Awful Thing.)

If blogrolling being hacked is the worst thing to happen today, I guess I can live with that.

That'll teach me to use my blogroll as a "favourites" list though.

Are you sure it's not the release of the second Paris Hilton pr0n video? That's fairly disturbing in and of itself.

Or maybe Britney's performance at the AMA's?

Anyway, in a more serious tone, one of the symptoms of PTSD is the heightened anxiety. I've felt it, and I'm dead certain I have PTSD. Just a thought.

Dick Cheney will be across the street from me for lunch. I've got some banking to do, so I'll blog a report on the exterior events later in the pm.

How to resolve "stupid" and genius". Remember, the US President is just the "front man" for the whole administration team. George ain't the sharpest knife in the draw, not be a long shot. Probably a really nice, frieldly guy to meet with, one on one, or to have as a neighbor over the back fence. But smart he isn't.

But he has some very smart people working for him. Dick Cheney and Karl Rove, are the main ones. Colin Powell (or is that Colon Powell) is another, but tends to get ignored these days.

Hi, a slow day (joke) but a little while to catch up on my blogging.
Yeah, your right our own domestic anti everything rent a mob will be out in force in London. There will be thousands on the streets, because they can. There will be Tens of thousands who don't come out in support of our leaders, largely because they're holding down jobs , helping make the real world work; and if I'm completely honest there will be millions who just don't care, they answer duties call when they have to, and for the rest of their lives they just keep their heads down and read the sports page.

I for one would like to welcome the President of the United States of America to my country. Sadly I will not be able to do so in person, duty calls.

Seriously, in the UK we know who are friends are,
pity they don't live more locally.

Ken, don't confuse Bush's speaking abilities with intelligence. Degrees from both Harvard and Yale, including a Masters. Fighter pilot. Business man and politician. No sign he's dumb with that resume. Condi may be smarter, but most of the rest are probably his equals.

It serves his interest to be seen as less intelligent. It is always better to be underestimated, in business and in politics. And, look at the "really" smart politicians, Carter and Gore. They acted smart and were never accepted by the American people as "one of us". Clinton, arguably very smart, played his "folksey hick" routine for eight years and was successful at it.

If there was ever a time when we need good news it's now. I have this feeling, we are going to get Saddam....soon. That will help alot. At least we can feel a little better...

Yep. Just sitting here waiting around for the other shoe to drop. Dum de dum. Thanks for the link btw.

I have a personal term I use for people like GWB. "Sock Puppet."

Yeah, you can count me into the "Anti-Bush" camp. Nearly ANYONE but Bush - with the possible exceptions of Condi Rice or Paul Wolfowitz. I'd vote for Colin Powell in a heartbeat.

As to what you do about terrorism - well, as Gareth pointed out, there will always be sociopaths. What you need to do is eliminate situations which make their sociopathic behaviors compelling and persuasive.

Here's what I'd emphasize:

1: Pakistan has to pacify it's lawless regions or have us do it.
2. Afganistan needs to be civilized in conjunction with that.
3. It's time Israel stopped getting slack for causing a huge amount of the problem itself.

We need a foreign policy that recognizes Israel's right to exist, but not it's right to act with impunity. And we need to back a practical, defensible and viable Palestinian homeland.

Getting rid of Arafat would be a big step in that direction - and a few "former freedom fighters" of the Israeli persuasion.

I'd put a multinational POLICE force there, with a multinational defense force as well, for a mandate of five years and an absolute guarantee of territorial integrity backed up with AWACS and rotating shifts of Aircraft carriers. In return, I'd expect armed forces on both sides to stand down, take leave, have a long vacation or two, get to know their kids again and generally step back from the paranoid posturing.

I mean, the situation is so eerily like kids fighting, that the idea of a time-out seems like a workable idea.

Oh, and how about some "land for peace?" EG, midwestern land?

And finally, we have to recognize , admit and seriously confront a huge unspoken issue - that part of the problem with this particular spate of terrorism is that it's founded in religious fanaticism.

And we need to confront it, domestically as well as abroad.

This should be of concern.

And this, from Christian Ethics Today. Or this on millennialist thinking..

And then of course there's Christian Reconstructionism. Some of these people make the Taliban seem almost moderate...
(from above citation)
Capital Punishment
Epitomizing the Reconstructionist idea of Biblical ''warfare'' is the centrality of capital punishment under Biblical Law. Doctrinal leaders (notably Rushdoony, North, and Bahnsen) call for the death penalty for a wide range of crimes in addition to such contemporary capital crimes as rape, kidnapping, and murder. Death is also the punishment for apostasy (abandonment of the faith), heresy, blasphemy, witchcraft, astrology, adultery, ''sodomy or homosexuality,'' incest, striking a parent, incorrigible juvenile delinquency, and, in the case of women, ''unchastity before marriage.''
According to Gary North, women who have abortions should be publicly executed, ''along with those who advised them to abort their children.'' Rushdoony concludes: ''God's government prevails, and His alternatives are clear-cut: either men and nations obey His laws, or God invokes the death penalty against them.'' Reconstructionist insist that ''the death penalty is the maximum, not necessarily the mandatory penalty.'' However, such judgments may depend less on Biblical Principles than on which faction gains power in the theocratic republic. The potential for bloodthirsty episodes on the order of the Salem witchcraft trials or the Spanish Inquisition is inadvertently revealed by Reconstructionist theologian Rev. Ray Sutton, who claims that the Reconstructed Biblical theocracies would be ''happy'' places, to which people would flock because ''capital punishment is one of the best evangelistic tools of a society.''

PS: from the horse's mouth.

A Christian Reconstructionist is a Dominionist. He takes seriously the Bible's commands to the godly to take dominion in the earth. This is the goal of the gospel and the Great Commission. The Christian Reconstructionist believes the earth and all its fulness is the Lord's--that every area dominated by sin must be "reconstructed" in terms of the Bible. This includes, first, the individual; second, the family; third, the church; and fourth, the wider society, including the state. The Christian Reconstructionist therefore believes fervently in Christian civilization. He firmly believes in the separation of church and state, but not the separation of the state--or anything else--from God. He is not a revolutionary; he does not believe in the militant, forced overthrow of human government. He has infinitely more powerful weapons than guns and bombs--he has the invincible Spirit of God, the infallible word of God, and the incomparable gospel of God, none of which can fail.

I wonder where Rev. Andrew Sandlin stands on the music of The Sex Pistols or the Artist Formerly Known as Whatsisface? :>

Given a forced choice between radical Calvanism and radical Islamism, even the Taliban looks like more fun.

You lefties who think President Bush is a dimbulb who has to have somebody else do his thinking just go right on with your delusions. He outfoxed you in the elections, he outfoxed you on the tax cuts, he outfoxed you on Afghanistan and quite possibly he'll outfox you on Iraq as well.

I think the President knows EXACTLY what he's doing. As someone else pointed out, his folksy "aww-shucks" manner wreaks havoc among his enemies, who have consistently misjudged him for years now. As for Rove and Wolfowitz, I think it says a lot about the man that he has had the good sense to surround himself with some pretty savvy advisors.

Maybe you don't like his politics, but you'd better stop thinking he's stupid...he's made YOU guys look like fools, time and time again.

Curt, I'm not judging him by his put-on folksy manners (except, of course, judging that he's a big honkin' phony). I'm judging him by how idiotic his policies are, and his poor performance at press conferences and the like (just in terms of content, not the 'folksy' style). And go back and look at what the folks here have said -- no one is saying that the Bush machine is not politically brilliant, which is the aspect of the WH operation that you mentioned. So who exactly are you disagreeing with?

Of all the stupid tricks that the Left pulls, one of the most obnoxious is where they try to get us worked up over ten lunatic Christians with a mimeograph machine. So you found some Christian Reconstructionists. What next, the Flat Earthers? The nut in Britain who wants to reclaim the swastika as a happy face?

Let me know when Rushdoony, North, and Bahnsen gain control of an independent nation and start shooting people for flying kites and listening to music.

Curt -

"You Lefties?"

I'm a registered Libertarian, dude.

I find it's common that a certain sort of Repugicant mistakes me for a Democon, or worse, a "liberal" because think that GWB's "presidential timber" is deeply threatened by Canadian Softwood. Or that I think that he's sort of a Ronald McRegan. That as politicians go, I'm not sure whether to compare him with Taft, Johnson or Millard Fillmore.

It's not that it's a REPUBLICAN or a CONSERVATIVE administration, bunky, it's because it's a confederation of lyin' bastritches - no, it's even worse. They are BAD liars who somehow disrespect the american people so much that the honestly think we can't remember back beyond three news cycles.

And don't "But Clinton" me, young man! I didn't CARE if he had sex with "that woman." Whether he did or not had no bearing on National Security, either. Oh, of course he lied. And so what?

Oh, it goes to CHARACTOR... Ooookay...

But when GWB (or his speechwriters who actually supposedly research this stuff) lies, that's "In the interest of The Cause?) F*ck me gently with a chainsaw!

But because I think that GWB (or the ones with the hand up the back of his jacket) is a liar, you are SURE that I'm some sort of rabid Green studying ebonics as a second language.

Did you MISS me saying "I'd vote for Colin Powell in a heartbeat?" If you think he's a Liberal, you must be a Paleocon. Or maybe you have trouble with the big words,

I suggest you correct your misapprehention before you embarrass a liberal who thinks I might be confused with them.

Here's a clue for ya. Shakespeare said it years and years ago - you may have seen some of his works adapted for Three's Company.

"A man may smile and smile and yet be a villian."

"You Lefties?"

I'm a registered Libertarian, dude.


Lefties=libertarians=self-indulgent wankers.

Don't matter if you jerk off in a corner with Noam Chomsky or with Atlas Shrugged.

I think Salam Pax's problem is that he comes from a culture that still considers nonmuslims to be so deeply less than human that its an insult for them to even deal with us...

Many/most of them would rather be tortured and oppressed than be helped by mere kufirs.

It's deep deep bigotry. For an example, one reason there won't be peace in Israel for generations is that many of them think that God wants them to invade and kill infidels. Maryterdom is a free ticket into heaven. So much so that in their view, having peace would be a big loss. They don't want to give up Jihad and they're never going to be willing to give up Jihad no matter what the payoff would be.

But if God wants all us infidels dead (or at least subjugated), imagine what an insult it is to be helped by us.

As Salam said about an athistic Iraqi who said that Brenner is better than oppression - that makes him feel "dirty dirty dirty".

One nasty possibility: Iran deciding to become North Vietnam.

On the other hand, the jungle isn't there.

Libertarians today mostly subscribe to a Communist evaluation of foreign policy.

It is why I quit the Libertarian party after 9/11.

It is why I quit the communists after the Vietnamese bot people.

The Libertarians of today are communist tools.

BTW the Atlas Shrugged crowd is pro-war and pro Israel.

Just for nuance sake it would be good to be able to tell the Trots from the Stalinists if you are going to discuss party politics.

Oh my word.

The old "I don't agree with you so you must be a communist tool." That's, like, at least more NOVEL than being called a "liberal."

as for Wild Bill - there's the mating call of the asshole, right there.

I'm a registered Lib so that I won't be embarrassed by the pandering idiots run by both major parties. Nor will I be subject to tons of junk mail and spam...

Meanwhile, this "self-indulgent wanker will be guarding the right to bear arms in defense of Pat Califa, and other folks who have the Inalienable Right to be left the hell alone.

PS: Here's the Libertarian Party platform with their positions on foreign policy.

Much of it's sheer wishful thinking - as most party platforms are - with the added sillybuggery that comes from having almost nobody who's done any practical governance.

The two silliest are their taxation planks and their firm statement of principle against government.

Government Debt
We support a constitutional amendment requiring government budgets be balanced by cutting expenditures and not by raising taxes.

Yeah, that worked well in California.

Civil Service
The Civil Service system entrenches a permanent and growing bureaucracy and is inherently a system of concealed patronage.

...I don't believe anyone has ever tried to conceal it.

Nonetheless, someone has to push what papers need pushing, and it needs to be done to a genuinely professional level. No nation or people has ever prospered without a skilled civil service, and in those civilizations, nobody has a single good word to say about them, but like dung beetles and spiders, they are an unattractive, but needful part of the political ecology.

And of course, there is absolutely no understanding that an actual Libertairian government is possible - as a provider of services to citizens, who are consumers of services.

Still, having seen how quickly the Reform Party (in Canada) lost it's political virginity, I'm sure we'd cope and some of the sillier items would be quietly buried in an archive somewhere.

Be that as it may, I simply cannot see any resemblance to Communism in anything here. None. So I have to enquire as to your sources, or the brand of the beer you pulled that idea out of.

Floyd says:

Of all the stupid tricks that the Left pulls, one of the most obnoxious is where they try to get us worked up over ten lunatic Christians with a mimeograph machine. So you found some Christian Reconstructionists. What next, the Flat Earthers? The nut in Britain who wants to reclaim the swastika as a happy face?

if it were merely ten lunitics, nobody would be concerned. When there are more than ten, and they say things like this, you should be concerned:

A Covert Kingdom
Much has been made of the "stealth tactics" practiced by the Christian Right. Whereas the Moral Majority, led by Jerry Falwell, was overt about its Christian agenda, many contemporary Christian Rightists have lowered their religious profile or gone under cover. In fact, these tactics have been refined for years by the Reconstructionist movement, as Robert Thoburn's education strategy suggests. Gary North proposed stealth tactics more than a decade ago in The Journal of Christian Reconstruction (1981), urging "infiltration" of government to help "smooth the transition to Christian political leadership. . . .Christians must begin to organize politically within the present party structure, and they must begin to infiltrate the existing institutional order." Similar stealth tactics have epitomized the resurgence of the Christian Right, as groups like Citizens for Excellence in Education and the Christian Coalition have quietly backed candidates who generally avoided running as overtly "Christian" candidates. The Christian Coalition actually proposed something similar to Gary North's notion of "infiltration" when its 1992 "County Action Plan" for Pennsylvania advised that "You should never mention the name Christian Coalition in Republican circles." The goal, apparently, is to facilitate becoming "directly involved in the local Republican Central Committee so that you are an insider. This way," continues the manual, "you can get a copy of the local committee rules and a feel for who is in the current Republican Committee." The next step is to recruit conservative Christians to occupy vacant party posts or to run against moderates who "put the Republican Party ahead of principle."

Antonio Rivera, a New York Christian Coalition political advisor, suggested similar ideas at a 1992 Christian Coalition meeting. While urging that Coalition members seek to place themselves in influential positions, he advised that "You keep your personal views to yourself until the Christian community is ready to rise up, and then wow! They're gonna be devastated!" Some leaders have now publicly renounced "stealth" tactics.

First of all, deep breath everyone. Yes these things CAN go on for a long time, no release. Ask anyone who lives in LA - last I checked, they weren't all surfing to Denver yet. 4th Generation wars are wars of nerves. Get used to it... and celebrate the fact that the day ended and nothing materialized. We keep fighting, and we all do our bit, and let's see.

Second... I think GraphicTruth just suggested moving all the Jews out of Israel:

"I mean, the situation is so eerily like kids fighting, that the idea of a time-out seems like a workable idea.

Oh, and how about some "land for peace?" EG, midwestern land?"

Revealing. Typical.

If you want to know what Graphictruth thinks, why not try asking him instead of just making odious assumptions?

I was suggesting taking over the responsibility for defending territorial integrity from BOTH sides, as well as internal security, long enough for both sides to get their sense of humor back.

Right now, neither side can be reasonably expected to be rational. Even six months of peace and quiet would do wonders for everyone's digestion.

But moving the jews out of israel? One does not solve injustice by creating more injustice; there is quite enough of that as it is, and more than enough bad karma to go around. Less finger pointing and more problem-solving is needed, and this sort of reflexive response to any attempt to even start discussing the problem itself is pretty damn lame, if you ask me.

There are a lot of people in refugee camps or stuck in the West Bank who would be better employed elsewhere.

It's a pretty well-educated population, yet it spends much of it's time twiddling it's thumbs and getting up to mischief.

I can think of half a dozen countries, off-hand, that could use that influx of educated people, either individually, or as a UN-supported and salaried cadre for infrastructure development or civil-service training.

This wouldn't need to be compulsory; the opportunity would tend to draw the persons who are most dangerous when frustrated.

This is just off the top of my head. Thing is, if you have enough problems, and you let them rub against each other, sometimes they start solving each other.

If there's a point to the UN, that would seem to be the whole point.

But given that there are so many people with so many "non-negotiable" demands without the need to live with the results of their ideological positions, progress is stalled.

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