A second spindle post for the day *UPDATED MORE THAN ONCE; INDEED, UPDATED OFTEN*

I love the days when a perfectly formed essay springs into my mind, one that really tackles a single issue (or a fusion of a few issues).  Those days, however, happen only when I prime the pump, and that pump priming occurs only if I read tens or even hundreds of articles.  I’m in the process of doing so this week, hoping for lightening to strike.  Until it does, though, allow me to pass on to you more of the articles that are currently seeding my brain with ideas.

Orwellian language works by bypassing the analytical, high-functioning part of our brain, and occupying our lizard brain.  We accept the ideas behind Orwellian language, without understanding them.  For example, take the phrase “occupied West Bank.”  Take it and throw it into the nearest garbage can.

Over at The New Yorker, one person has figured out that ObamaCare is a giant ponzi scheme (an appropriate term to apply to all liberal government programs).  I posted this one on Facebook, since it’s a source my liberal friends trust.  Maybe it will get them to think seriously about what’s really going on here.

Ours is a metrosexual military, one that is deeply in touch with its mother instinct.  How else to explain the Navy’s concern that graduating plebes might get hurt engaging in a decades’ old tradition?  After all, aren’t we training these grads for warfare — and as I understand it, people get hurt during wars.  To be fair, this is not a new trend.  I’m reading a fascinating book called Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War, and it talks about the fact that in the early 1960s, the military already began putting safety over battled preparedness.  I appreciate.  Training shouldn’t be more deadly than war itself.  However, it strikes me that, when the bullets start flying, only the best trained people have a chance.  Otherwise, you start ending closer to a situation such as the siege of Leningrad, which saw the Soviet military use unarmed, untrained Soviet men as targets to exhaust the German bullets.  It worked, but at a staggering cost in human lives and suffering.

China is a behemoth, but is tight government control so stifling to true growth and innovation that it can never be more than an fat cat, as opposed to a dynamic economic tiger?  And should that fact give people pause about the U.S. government’s increasingly strident efforts to direct American businesses from the top down?  (The answer, of course, is yes.)

The Folks/Haley story is getting sleazier and sleazier.  I continue to disbelieve that any person in her right mind would have an affair with Folks.  If she did, it definitely calls her judgment into question, never mind her honesty and fidelity.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no!  When I saw Russel Brand on the Jay Leno show swanning about in high heels, I thought it was just because he’s a weird comic who thought it would be a joke to raid the women’s dressing room before appearing on stage.  But no, it’s a fashion trend.  No, no, no, no, no!

Really, was there any doubt but that the Manhattan Community Board would greenlight a mosque to be built on Ground Zero?  This is what 40 years of New York liberalism does not common sense and human decency.  This is how a culture voluntarily commits suicide at the feet of its conquerors.  These idiots should be strapped to a chair and made to watch Rick Barber’s campaign video again and again and again.  “There is a difference between tolerance and surrender.”

In an earlier post, I called Peter Beinart a wife beater for using “love” as a way to justify beating to death someone dependent upon you (in this case, Israel).  Noah Pollak goes into greater detail.

UPDATE:  I’m baaack!

I’ll warm you up with a funny picture, on the subject of “plug that damn hole.”

Mark Steyn’s monomania is demographics.  And he’s definitely got a point.

A Marin town goes Arizona:  The great virtue of local, as opposed to even federal or state government, is that it deals with local problems.  In Novato, California, near my home, the local problem is a broken budget and the deep suspicion that illegal immigrant cheaters are scamming that fragile economic system.  Novato is therefore contemplating citizenship verification rules.  I’m sure the Obami will be up in arms should that happen.  I say to Novato:  “You go, guys!”  And if it works, I bet other communities will follow.

In California, the Democrats want to raise taxes by $5 billion and borrow almost $9 billion.  I am sure that these same Democrats, if their plans come to fruition, will be surprised at an exodus that leaves them without the taxpayers to pay the taxes or service the bonds.  Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, just by a spending freeze, Gov. Christie (my new hero), has managed to make new taxes unnecessary.   Progressives:  let me give you a little “cause and effect” lesson.  Governments do not create wealth.  All they can do is print money and, if they are smart, create circumstances conducive to the creation of private wealth.  If you have a lot of wealth, a small tax will still bring substantial sums of money into government coffers.  (Think of California in the 1950s and 1960s.)  If you suck the life out of the private sector, destroying wealth, even large taxes will bring only small sums of money into government coffers.  (Think of California right now.)  Lesson is over, children.  Go play with your navels and think about this one a bit.

For so many years, Britain had a casual antisemitism that was distinct from the European version that showed up in Pogroms and Holocausts.  While you certainly might not have dinner with a Jew, you’d let him earn a living and go unmolested in your country.  Given this history, it’s somehow unusually tragic that Britain has become Ground Zero for a virulent antisemitism that is a perfect storm of Leftism, traditional British class beliefs, and Islamic antisemitism.  Here’s a perfect example of the truth-killing effects of this perfect storm.

We interrupt this program for a special announcement:  Please doff your caps and bow your heads.  Sadie just sent me an email informing me that Art Linkletter has died.  I used to adore his show when I was a child, even though most of the humor didn’t connect for me, since the children’s logic was my logic too.  It was only later, when I got hold of a copy of the side-splittingly funny Kids Say the Darndest Things!that I finally got the joke.  Nevertheless, his persona was so endearing that I just felt comfortable watching him interact with my peers.  A friend I met in later years who was a member of the Bohemian Grove with Linkletter told me this wasn’t an act.  Linkletter was every bit as pleasant in person as he was projecting himself on the TV.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

My friend John Graham attacks the ugly specter of the yet more government overreach, this time when it comes to parents’ decisions about their children’s food.

James Lileks gives Joe Biden the treatment he deserves.  You should read the whole thing, not only because it’s funny, but because the last line is priceless.

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.

I agree with AllahPundit that Djou should oh-so-graciously release his birth certificate.  This is a time when it’s useful to turn the other cheek to make a point.

What the heck are they drinking in Alabama?  And can I have some too?  Wow!

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    ” After all, aren’t we training these grads for warfare — and as I understand it, people get hurt during wars. ”
     
     
    The Navy hasn’t had a blue water war since forever. You’re seeing what all those idiots who said that we didn’t need Iraq for the military to perform well, would have made of the military had their wishes come true and the military didn’t engage in wars.
     
    A military that doesn’t engage in war, won’t perform well. Period.

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  • SADIE

    Where to begin with a few comments with such an eclectic menu of reading material.
     
    Britain’s casual antisemitism:
    Would that include one of those to the manor born boys, who had no problem dressing as a nazi for fun,  games and photos.
     
    What the heck are they drinking in Alabama?  Alabama slammers, of course.
     
    Steyn’s demographics:  The difference between Japan and Europe is that Japan is not importing ‘breeders’ of the worst kind.
     
    Plug that damn hole – for a moment I would have guessed he was talking about Biden.
    No doubt, Joe forgot to tell him  that it IS a big effin’ deal.

  • Al

    I’m with Sadie. That is a heaping shmorgizboard of ideas you’ve loaded our plate with.
    First, Chris Christie is becoming a rock star in New Jersey. The NJ state employees union has ads out against him, but it seems few believe them and, wonder of wonders, the  NJ State Rebulican Committee is running ads strongly supporting Christie’s actions.
    The idea that a Marin town would actually support citizens as opposed to illegal aliens is not just a ray of hope, it’s a locomotive headlight.
    The Alabama ads are great, but you should see Lt. Col. West’s off the cuff comments in Florida.
    The growing anti-semitisim is just one aspect of the growing danger facing western civilization. We are going to have to fight hard to protect it.
    But the theme of these references seems to be that more and more private citizens are realizing the truth and are starting to act.
    These are definitely interesting times.
    Al
     

  • SADIE

    MAY DAY – MAY DAY or as the lead says:
    New Black Power Panther Party Hosts National Convention
     
    “With the rise of the Tea Party, the white-right and other racist forces. With gun sales nationwide at an all time high amongst whites, with a mood that is more anti-Black than any time recent, it is imperative that we organize our forces, pool our resources and prepare for war!” Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz, Esq. Convention Convener and Party Chairman.
    http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/05/prweb4040824.htm
     
    Holder dismissed their exploits in Philadelphia. Let’s play connect the dots. A legally appointed black president appoints a black AG, who is confirmed by a white majority and there is a ‘mood of anti-black’.  The body count in Chicago, Detroit and elsewhere – would that be the result of gun sales? Shabazz has taken the road of all third world dictators and arab fanatics – blame anyone else and divert attention from the real issues.
     
    One hell of a way to observe Memorial Day.
     
     

  • SADIE

     
    Al – did you say smorgasbord- that’s  a word that doesn’t pop up often unless….
    It’s Gazapalooza: Annual Hamas Celebrity Cruise

  • SADIE

    More on the Ship of Fools and fanatics from the Jerusalem Post
    The Schalit family on Thursday asked for assistance from international left-wing activists due to arrive in the Gaza Strip later in the day. If the left-wing activists pressure Hamas to allow international organizations to bring letters and food packages to Gilad Schalit, the kidnapped soldier’s family has agreed to support the international expedition’s attempt to dock, Army Radio reported Thursday. Lawyer Nick Kaufman presented the offer to the organization “Free Gaza,” one of the organizers of the flotilla headed for Gaza, which promptly refused the offer.

  • Al

    Sadie,
    I’m sorry. I can not spell for anything. BW exploded with multiple ideas and I had to respond.
    Ben Franklyn said to live well is to dine well.  Justice Bork said prior to his confirmation hearings, (read Spanish Inquisition Hearings) that he w0uld enjoy the intellectual feast of the issues presented to the Supreme Court of The United States. Intelecual stimulation may be the highest level of existance aforded to homosapiens.
    Ouch in a while, our parents would take us kids to a reastaurant overlooking the Hudson River in New York. It was a marvel0us place, with views of the river, and, to me, views of the trains,(I’m an train watcher)(it’s genetic). And it had the most fantasitic foods on expansive tables that you could go back to when ever you wanted to . A true smorgasbord is truely a thing of joy.
    And I appologize for the typos because I have had two martinis.
    Al

  • SADIE

    Al – the two martini typist. Congratulations, even with the typos you conveyed the essence or I have a new skill – the ability to read ‘tipsy’.
     
    It is what makes this salon, as Book referred to it awhile ago, so damn wonderful. Nothing short of watching mental fireworks with all the oohs and aahs of the crowd. She (Book) has a knack of taking wet flint and make it burn.
     
    No matter how ‘you’ spelled it – true it is.
    Intelecual stimulation may be the highest level of existance aforded to homosapiens.
     

  • gpc31

    Best historical explication of the logic of liberalism’s expansion that I have ever read (try saying that one 10x quickly):
    http://www.claremont.org/publications/crb/id.1700/article_detail.asp