Your feel-good video of the day

For political junkies and fiscal conservative, I present your feel-good video of the day:  Here’s Representative Paul Ryan, who comes from a mixed (Republican/Democrat) district, receiving a long standing ovation at a town hall:

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  • Mike Devx

    Related, from Instapundit, a headline: Americans are ready to take on the deficit

    And an Instapundut reader emailed this concerning his anecdotal evidence from Pennsylvania:

    As a PA resident I can attest to the sea change in attitudes towards Barack Obama here.
    It’s public, it’s palpable and it’s entirely due to inflation.
    It’s astonishing to me that a bunch of guys who are supposed to be so smart think that women aren’t going to the grocery store and leaving in a state of shock, disbelief and, occasionally, panic.
    And a Democrat who frightens women cannot win anything. Period.
    I just started playing a sort of instant citizen poll at stores. It began a week or so ago at Sams’ Club:
    I was in one of THOSE lines and ended up chatting with a well dressed middle aged woman with a cart half full of grocery items.
    I made mention of the fact that while I didn’t normally make the hike to Sams’ that with prices going up I figured I had to make the effort.
    She exploded: Prices are sky high, she’s feeding three kids, eating store brands and sale items but can’t afford to stock up, on and on.
    Then the lady in front of HER piped in: if prices keep going up she doesn’t know what she’ll do, their budget is already at the breaking point, trying to keep a daughter in college, off she goes.
    Then a man in the next line over heard them and HE jumped in: this is ridiculous, Washington is killing us, economy broken, he’s off to the races.
    I thought maybe this was just a coincidence, so I’ve started the same conversation in store lines twice more in the past week and it’s exactly the same: people are frightened and EVERYONE wants to talk about it out loud.
    The interesting thing to me is that everyone used to be very reluctant to speak out in public against Obama. You were always afraid some leftie whackjob would hear you and tear into you. You know what I mean.
    But now the gloves are off, people are freaking out and Obama can raise FIVE billion dollars for his campaign and organize until the cows come home and call everyone in the country a racist until he turns blue but it’s not going to convince anyone that they’re not paying an arm and a leg for half a cart worth of food.
    There is no more basic thing to people, and it’s off the hook.
    I don’t see how the Republicans could possibly mess this up. Then again, after a lifetime of watching them do just that, if there’s way they’ll find it.

    Indeed.  Clinton was right: “It’s the economy, stupid.”  Obama came in, Mr. Marxism, and assumed everything would just take care of itself.  Like a child in a candy store, he thought everything was free, that money grows on trees, that there is a Santa Claus.  He and his team must be blindly hoping that somehow, someway, the economy will magically right itself in time for the 2012 elections.  Despite the fact that they are monumentally hostile, fanatically hostile, towards anything that actually leads to a prosperous economy.

    There’s a reason West Germany thrived while East Germany sank into total abject misery – AND note, despite their far-left policies, East Germany was an environmental catastrophe as well.  And there’s a reason Germany and the United States (and all of the West) is now teetering on economic ruin: They have been heading down the road of socialist economic policy, and massive government growth and control over every aspect of our lives, for fifty to sixty years, and that is long enough to ruin any formerly prosperous economy.

    The reader email points to the problem for our Comrade Obama: High gas prices, and the belated but inevitable appearance of inflation, finally are beginning to freak The Center out.  Your average American citizen may not pay attention to Obama’s socialist and far-left, hostile-to-business policies, but they know they’re in trouble when they’re in trouble.  And for Comrade Obama, Mr. Jeremiah Wright’s Chickens… are Coming Home… to Roost.

    The means of combatting inflation cannot work for Comrade Obama and his Team.  They have no wiggle room anymore.  The economy is already a disaster.  He can’t raise interest rates.  He can’t choke off the money supply; hell, they’re talking about QE3!  (Qualitative Easing, aka Santa Claus Economics For The Terminally Stupid Including Paul Krugman).  

    High gas prices. Inflation that is only beginning and will be difficult to tame within a year and a half.  This is not Carter 1979 – this is much, much worse.  Carter’s U.S.A. wasn’t staggering under a mountain of unsustainable debt.  Carter was finally undone and unmanned – actually he was *always* unmanned, but his unmanliness was exposed – by a nasty foreign policy crisis.  What unforeseen developments will bedevil our current unmanly, untested, unworthy, wrong-headed current Comrade President?

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

     
    I am hoping (and praying) that a majority of the American people are genuinely hungry for “truth-telling”, even though the truth isn’t very palatable.
     
    Of course, there will always a market for flattery, and blame-casting, and sweet-sounding stories about rainbows and unicorns….but unless the constituency for that c**p has expanded enormously, we may be seeing America coming to her senses.  Because I know that Paul Ryan wasn’t tickling anyone’s ears….he’s been laying it on the line about the pain it will take to get things back on the right track.  And this response is truly heartening.
     
    P.S. I do wish that the person with the video camera knew a bit more about what happens when you don’t slow down your pans…….yikes!

  • Charles Martel

    Mike, wow, one of the best posts I’ve ever read on this site.

    You are right: The biggest chickens in American history at getting ready to come home. God help us all.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Mike Devx: … inflation …

    The U.S. is just leaving a period of huge deflation in the real estate markets, and inflation has been so low as to threaten a general deflation. Inflation has risen slightly, to about 3%, which should help induce investment. The real indicator is bond rates, which are still positive with regards to inflation. 
    http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110429-713297.html

    Inflation will only be a worry when the U.S. economy begins a substantial recovery. Though out of recession, the economy will probably continue to exhibit some weakness over the next several months. In the long run, energy costs will continue to act as a damper. 
     

  • Danny Lemieux

    Inflation…real inflation, not CPI inflation…is already here, in the real world of supermarkets and gas stations.

    Two generators of inflation are a) the falling U.S. dollar, which increases the cost of imports (most people have no idea that the U.S. has been a net importer of food…85% of our seafood is imported for example, as are large percentages of our fruits and vegetables. This may change as the dollar falls) and b) rising interest rates, which increase the cost of capital.

    Interest rates are being held artificially low by the FED, but that will change… especially as the perceived risk of U.S treasury bonds increases. My sources in the financial industry tell me to beware big changes in interest rates and inflation this summer, as QE-2 thuds to a close in late June.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Bookworm: Here’s Representative Paul Ryan, who comes from a mixed (Republican/Democrat) district, receiving a long standing ovation at a town hall…

    Guess it depends on which town the town hall is in.
    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/20/paul-ryan-wealthy-tax-breaks/

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    The problem with Ryan’s plan is that it transfers the cost of Medicare to the elderly, Medicaid to the States, doesn’t provide health coverage for millions, increases short-term debt, while not providing for a revenue plan other than tax cuts that primarily benefit upper-income groups, leaving the entire question of whether it actually balances the budget unresolved.

    http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/108xx/doc10851/01-27-Ryan-Roadmap-Letter.pdf
    http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412046_ryan_taxplan.pdf

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Danny Lemieux: Inflation…real inflation, not CPI inflation…is already here, in the real world of supermarkets and gas stations.

    Ah! Real Inflation™.

    Yes, gas prices have risen substantially, but housing prices have dropped substantially. The 3% figure includes food and gas. In the U.S. there was very little food inflation in 2009, but it is expected rise to around 4% in 2011. Again, the best indication are bonds, which are still betting on low inflation over the short-term. In any case, the danger over the last two years was deflation, not inflation. With deflation, investment dries up as it is profitable to just stuff the money in the mattress.
     
    Danny Lemieux: My sources in the financial industry tell me to beware big changes in interest rates and inflation this summer, as QE-2 thuds to a close in late June.

    The markets have already anticipated the end of QE-2. However, inflation (even staglation) may be a problem over the longer term. 
     

  • SADIE

    As another Pa. resident, the Zero’s charm offense …..
     
    “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustration.”
     
    …turned my state red and not just in the voting booth – but mad as hell red in supermarket aisles and at the gas pump. Texas has lost 2 million acres so far in growing wild fires, the southeast has been razed by tornadoes and Spring floods may cause more damage to crops.  It’s impossible to plant money trees in quicksand, which is to say… the economy cannot grow unless it’s on solid ground.
     
     

  • Danny Lemieux

    Z ponders providing the truth, but not the whole truth: “Yes, gas prices have risen substantially, but housing prices have dropped substantially. The 3% figure includes food and gas. In the U.S. there was very little food inflation in 2009, but it is expected rise to around 4% in 2011.”

    The big surge in commodity food prices started in 2010 and is on track to grow exponentially, due to a number of factors.

    Yes, food and gas are included in the CPI. The problem is that they are given a very low weight in the index. The fall in housing prices is good news for those that happen to be looking to buy homes. It is terrible news for everyone that owns a home or supplies home-related services to homeowners.

    As far as food is concerned…why do I suspect that you don’t shop for your own food?

    The Z cohort rubs their crystal balls (Please! Don’t go there.) and prognosticates: “The problem with Ryan’s plan is that it transfers the cost of Medicare to the elderly, Medicaid to the States, doesn’t provide health coverage for millions, increases short-term debt, while not providing for a revenue plan other than tax cuts that primarily benefit upper-income groups, leaving the entire question of whether it actually balances the budget unresolved.”


    Without the Ryan Plan, there won’t be Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, as the excellent CBO link provided indicates (Thanks btw – it is as excellent and succinct a justification for Ryan’s blueprint as I have seen, so I bookmarked it).

    Plus, Z’s assessment that seniors will pay more for Medicare just isn’t correct – this is a mischievous semantic distortion – it doesn’t change anything for anybody over 55 years. I quote from the CBO Report that Z obligingly cited/sited:


    Individuals who are age 65 or older in 2020 as well as disabled Medicare beneficiaries
    receiving benefits in 2020 would continue in the current Medicare program for the
    rest of their life, although some higher-income enrollees would pay higher premiums,
    and some program payments would be reduced. 

    Hmmm…I know that math is hard for people on the Left, but let’s see if I can figure this out:

    Year 2020 minus 2011 is 9 years and 65 – 9 = 56 years-old in 2011.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Danny Lemieux: Yes, food and gas are included in the CPI. The problem is that they are given a very low weight in the index.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics conducts the Consumer Expenditure Survey, a survey of average buying habits. How would you determine weight?
      
    Danny Lemieux: The fall in housing prices is good news for those that happen to be looking to buy homes. It is terrible news for everyone that owns a home or supplies home-related services to homeowners.

    Yes, that’s the problem of sticky pricing in a deflating market. In any case, you keep making claims, but don’t substantiate them. 
     
    Danny Lemieux: Without the Ryan Plan, there won’t be Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, as the excellent CBO link provided indicates 

    No. Without *some* plan, Medicare and Medicaid are not sustainable. That’s quite a bit different than saying the only solution is transferring the problem to future retirees and the states while cutting taxes for high income earners resulting in continued shortfalls. 
      

  • SADIE

    However, inflation (even staglation) may be a problem over the longer term.
     
    Actually, strangulation. is going to be a short. mid. and long term problem. Just returned from a few errands and have already altered my driving habits (residual memory from the Arab oil embargo and those wonderful odd/even days. Now, they’re all odd and strange days. I am not one to let my tank dip below half,  I made it a point to fill (not top) my tank. I paid triple the amount for a half tank compared to 10 years ago.  I am math challenged, but it seems to be six-fold the cost. Oddly and just as strangely, my income is not six-fold since 2001. Worse yet, I forgot to write one of those ‘sticky thank you notes’ and attach it to the pump.
     
    Thanks for strangling my wallet.
    Thanks for strangling drilling in Alaska.
    Thanks for strangling drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
    Thanks for the bailouts.
    Thanks for cash for clunkers.
    Thanks but no thanks.
     
    Ahhh…Real Strangulation (no trademark necessary) we’re all choking on rotten policies.
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    When I finished ML Alternative, I remembered what Book said about lyrics in catchy music. The thing is, Japanese opening and ending theme songs have lyrics I do not understand, yet I find myself absorbed in their melody and emotional tone.

    I’ve devoted most of my recent time to finishing the read up on ML extra/unlimited and its sequel Alternative. There were a couple of other things that I notice or are bugging me at the moment. For one thing, this story focuses a lot on fictional world depiction where the Americans never dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan, thus creating a world where the Japanese-American relations were not as good. The Japanese perspective is nationalistic and thus inherently anti-UN and anti-US based since there was no MacArthur occupation nor was it sanctioned by the Japanese Emperor. It would be relatively easy to read this as being derived off a biased view set against American occupation of Okinawa in this world but I gave it a comprehensive and complete analysis from one end to the other and it just wasn’t so. The explanations for America’s attempt to create a coup, destabilize Japan, pursue American foreign interests with arrogance or self-righteousness, were all perfectly logical in that world’s Japan. Especially since their Japan was under an Imperial, not a parliamentary, system. What we would call constitutional monarchy rather than democracy. The Emperor is the source of all authority, like our US Constitution, but the actual authority and policy initiatives are executed by the Shogunate cabinet members, which we would translate as Executive branch administration. My inherent reaction was to see this as an anti-American stance given the mention of America starting coups for self gain and what not in the world. I knew this was an emotional reaction so I suppressed it to see what else came up, in order to produce the best and most detailed conclusion based off of the truth.

    It is relatively easy for me to detect inconsistencies and political biases in literature, words, tone of voice, and rhetoric. Even politicians, those trained to hide body language and to lie in such a way that nobody can detect it, can be found out by me with enough data to cross reference. A fictional story scenario, especially with that level of geo-political complexity, would never stand up to my scrutiny if the author was truly biased against America.

    What I found interesting was that the Japanese, and you can read this as my conclusion, do not treat other people or nations as monolithic. So regardless of what they believe about America’s national interest or military power or how we pursue our self interests, the Japanese respect individual courage, skill, and determination. Since the Japanese themselves understand patriotism in that world, they could readily understand the American motivation, even though they were at odds with those Americans. The American Congress was portrayed as replete with factions, the old refrain that what is good for General Motors is good for America was mentioned using military contractor names instead (although what’s good for GM is only what is good for Obama recently). American military technology was praised and America’s global power was definitely recognized. It was precisely because America was powerful that the citizens of that world’s Japan felt that America was dominating Japan and not allowing the Japanese to defend themselves, thus making the Japanese too reliant as a client state upon the US military and political objectives.

    This is in fact inconsistent with Leftist propaganda, which says that American power is frail and that this means American interests in the world not only should not be pursued but that American power should be shackled by too much shame to be used. This inconsistency with Leftist bias was one of the first hints that the events depicted in Alternative were not in fact written with an inherently anti-American bias in mind. Because if it was, it would have required specific components consistent with Leftist propaganda. There are many kinds of anti-Americans but most of them are Leftists, not nationalists or patriots of their respective countries. The story of ML Alternative portrayed many different factions each with readily understandable reasons. From UN Army personnel, to Japanese army personnel and the aims of the Shogunate as well as the rebels who sought to restore the power of the Shogun, and American military personnel fighting in Japan. In ML Alternative, the UN has been forced to change to a more unified command although they still have this little problem with voting on everything. But since the war involves Japan operating as the front line, Japan has an inordinate influence as well as many Japanese citizens in the UN military. I won’t tell you who they are fighting, as that would dispel the surprise.

    The other hint was that the view of America changes depending on who you are talking to, which suggests that this was an honest attempt to portray human biases and opinions. How that regardless of how many people agree on the goals, so long as they value different things they will choose different methods for those goals. For example, you know Americans who both value peace and security. But one chooses to support criminals and laws banning guns while the other supports a strong civilian and military defense force. That’s because the former valued centralized authority and the latter valued actual strength in solving one’s own problems.

    But I definitely noticed appearances of Leftist propaganda lines present. The bit about what is good for GM and military contractors is good for America, has been generated by Leftist Hollywood. It is no surprise that Japanese original creators would pick this theme up and use it in their art. The fact that they could use this without being completely invested in the Leftist bias it was created from, demonstrates to me that they are not controlled by Leftist propaganda. Talk to anyone in Marin and those there will be controlled by Leftist propaganda. It’s not hard to tell. I spent multiple hours reading ML Alternative. You don’t even have to spend 10 minutes talking to someone before telling whether they base their views on Leftist propaganda or not. Politics and military action in ML Alternative was a core concept; it was not something in the background or portrayed as a slim sham.

    ML Alternative can be called a military drama on life and death. It depicts certain things such as small unit cohesion, informality, tactical orientation, and teamwork against a mutual enemy. I’ve mentioned many of these concepts in Book’s “Love military” post comments. I knew all of it before hand, but the post and reading ML Alternative brought it to the forefront.

    For example, American motives are portrayed as selfish and disruptive to the long term benefit of other people or nations. But I just think of this as the result of Wilsonian and Leftist alliance actions. For example, Diem’s assassination, which disrupted the Republic of Vietnam, was orchestrated by Leftists and done under a Democrat administration. Whether this was incompetence or half incompetence, half malice, doesn’t really matter. That is just what tends to happen under Democrats. Whether it’s Clinton giving China nuclear missile launch technology, bombing the Chinese embassy by mistake because Clinton killed all the military training and funding that would have made pilots not be that dumb, Clinton’s disruption of Somalia, or Obama supporting AQ in Libya. None of that even matters. Democrats are Democrats and a Democrat foreign policy is a Leftist foreign policy in all but name. The way the Left works is they try to destabilize other nations like Iran, Rhodesia, Cuba, Chile, Libya, Vietnam, and small Latin American countries by using economic and indirect pressure. Or simply funding Communist terrorists. Whichever one works best they will do it.

    So, for much of the world, yea, I can get how they can see how Americans are working for bad things from their perspective. So long as they recognize that we are not monolithic, that’s far more, FAR MORE, then would be the case if you talked to a Leftist American born citizen.

    Do you get it now? Do you see what bugged me about this? A Japanese writer who knows about America only through indirect research sources, is far more merciful, compassionate, and understanding of us than our own “bitter gun clinging” fanatics at the capital cesspool we call DC. Isn’t that nice. While Japanese writers will give Americans respect, recognition of our intent to preserve our glorious nation, even as they complain of our arrogance and sheer might, that is far, far better then what our own countrymen (supposed countrymen) will do for us. Isn’t that interesting. But, hey, what did you expect from the Left. Milk and honey? This is, btw, not an isolated incidence. While I have not read much Japanese literature about America, fictional or non-fictional, America is often mentioned or at least alluded to commonly. In every portrayal, I can attest that they were honest attempts. They got a lot of things wrong, just as Americans would get things wrong about Japan because they lack the resources to understand a different nation and culture, but there’s a huge line between an honest mistake and a malicious sabotage attempt made for Leftist political reasons. When the Japanese try to portray America, they do so using what they know and whatever mistakes they make are ones made honestly, not out of malice. Book has mentioned a few Hollywood movies and the difference between malice forethought and simply negative portrayal using the facts. No student of propaganda could ever graduate without recognizing the difference intuitively.

    The other thing I noticed was that ML Alternative got a lot of things about human relationships in warfare correct. While it was designed to as a drama, the core truths expressed were valid. They were even able to clarify and elaborate on the whole American study of WWII veterans and what the most popular reason behind their desire to fight was. Number 1 was neither patriotism nor their families, but their comrades in arms. But don’t misunderstand or allow Leftist guile to misguide you. This does not mean American soldiers fought only for their comrades in arms nor that abstract reasons such as patriotism, idealism, or nationalism played no part. What this study meant and what soldiers mean when they say that in battle, they are fighting for their comrades, is simply this.

    Humans are not designed to fight for and die for lofty, abstract, non-concrete objectives. The best way to create self-motivated individuals or teams is to provide them with a lofty, abstract goal, such as De Oppresso Liber or saving the world or defending America from all enemies, foreign or domestic. Then you reduce this abstract, lofty goal into something more concrete, such as family and loved ones. In combat, you cannot be distracted by things relating to people that aren’t there, such as America or your family. Your family nor your country is in Baghdad fighting and dying. That’s just not the case. American soldiers are there. Humans are designed to fight for concrete objectives that they can physically see and feel.

    The fight/flight/freeze survival instinct automatically de-prioritizes anything not relating to your survival. So if you are even thinking about “I have to go home alive to feed my kids”, your brain is in fact operating slower than your attacker who is just thinking “target ahead, must kill”. And operating slower may just be enough to make you dead. Survival instincts recognize this reality and automatically prevent you from thinking about abstract stuff that isn’t in front of your eyes. That includes things like patriotism, saving the world, saving your family that is 500 miles away, or other things like that. If you can’t even touch it then it definitely has zero to do with your immediate survival.

    So of course the economy matters. What do people care about whether Democrats or Republicans win? All they really care about, when it comes to the final deadline, is how much money they have in their pocket to feed the people in front of them. They don’t even know half the politicians in power and have never talked to all the media talking heads yapping on and on about the GLORY OF OBAMA. This makes Americans easily clueless and gullible to Leftist propaganda, yes, but not even Leftist propaganda can bypass human instincts. People can feel money in their pocket. And it takes some strong brainwashing to convince them otherwise. Only about 10-20% of humanity is that easily hypnotized. Whether in war or in civilian peaceful life, humans prioritize the concrete.

    Back to my main topic of reasons soldiers fight in battle. To explain it another way, humans find it very hard to generate resolve to do things like die or kill for abstract ideals. You need to find a fanatic or true believer for things like that. Most soldiers find it the easiest to generate resolve by fighting for their comrades. It is a very personal reason and this personal reason is consistent with their mission and their patriotic idealism. Oh btw, the protagonist of ML Alternative seemed very surprised that America would obtain a study asking soldiers everywhere why they would fight. This was viewed as evidence of America’s obsession with perfecting warfare and our arrogance in seeking to produce more and more weapons even though we have never lost a war on our homeland to a foreign foe. Whether this is good or bad depends on the perspective. Those who have lived during war and saw their nations lose it, would understand America’s desire as simply insurance against enemies. The Left, like Diane Feinstein who has a husband that worked with US military construction companies and funneled government contracts to him using Feinstein’s seat on the Defense appropriations committee, would say that America’s obsession with perfecting warfare is a warmonger, babykilling, profiteer motivation alone. Well, I guess she would know, wouldn’t she. In the US military, there’s relatively few inconsistencies between having a personal reason to fight and having an abstract or idealistic reason to fight. Since you can just combine the two and they will still be consistent with America’s military missions. Most of the time, except under Democrat regimes. Many of the people who volunteered for combat roles after 9/11 had a very clear reason why they were fighting. Regardless of what it was, having one is what is necessary. Most are fine with personal reasons like family or comrades. Others are more idealistic. They don’t lose their idealism in war either.

    What’s actually pretty interesting on top of all this concerns how even though it is Japanese translated to English, the explanations are often wise much clearer or more concise than the English literature explanations I have experienced to date. Meaning, my observation would naturally lead one to conclude that in Japanese literature, these things are much better understood while in the English departments of various American universities, it is not understood at all or rarely understood. Yet how does one account for this conclusion given the abundance of US military actions vs the rarity of Japanese deployments of their Self Defense forces? Because all of the US military institutional knowledge is in the military. Not in English literature departments or in newspaper publishing or in games. At best you could say that American novels bought for publishing has them but unless it is military fiction or military science fiction, it’s hard to such concepts being used or explained. So factoring in the limited amount of Japanese works I have read and factoring in the translation ambiguity issue, I would have to conclude that the Japanese simply think and write about these issues much more than Americans do. Even though Americans have an institutional knowledge of such given their experiences in Iraq, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and so forth. Some Americans. The non baby killer ones.

    I don’t think I have a weak stomach or a low mental stress tolerance, but ML Alternative made me tired emotionally. There are a lot of ups and downs. Many things can make me feel an extreme emotion temporarily, and even for those dramatic moments which can make me cry, it’s a very simple thing to feel. It’s when there are multiple conflict emotions and multiple rollercoaster ups and downs, like Code Geass, that I can feel a distinct fatigue afterwards. I can’t tell whether it is happiness, joy, sadness, or nostalgia. It’s too complicated a network of feelings. I even detected who was going to get killed before they were killed by analyzing the plot intuitively and from how previous events went, but that didn’t really do anything in terms of emotional endurance. Even if I know what is going to happen ahead of time, the best dramatic material will still get the point across regardless of whether I know what is or isn’t coming. I wouldn’t recommend it on kids or adolescents still wiping the arrogant immortality myth from their noses, but there’s a lot of things I wouldn’t recommend people do or experience until they were ready for it. Just too heavy for some people.

    The characters in the story had some great lines. It took great skill to translate it from Japanese to English without losing too much in the process.

    Ejou. That’s all for now.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Oh yes, for the most complicated feeling video of the day.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97qmMJQ5k78 

    Watch it without reading the subtitles. It’s actually better that way. 

    The nice thing about rap music talking about hos and gangstas is that I don’t understand more than 1 out of every 10 words they use. They’re all snorting too much crack to make sense obviously.

  • Mike Devx

    As 2009 turned to 2010, the Democrats remained rosy.  As 2010 spring rolled into 2010 summer, the Democrats continued their rosy fiddling.  Remember their slogan? “Recovery Summer!”  Ahem.  WHAT recovery summer?  Crash and burn. Ashes.

    They finally got serious about, oh, September.  Perhaps they were thinking, “Phoenix from the ashes!” But it was far too little, far too late for them.  Head on a platter.  Massive Republican win.  Tea Party win.

    I see the White House is “not at all concerned” about the plummeting dollar.  And I read Zach’s comments, and I am transported back to early 2010 again.  The Democrats didn’t even need to be handed shovels, they were so busy digging their own hole.  And it appears they are at it again, including Zach.   It is still early… but admitting to reality, admitting to the utter, complete abject failure of your most dearly held philosophies, can be so, so cruel.

    Shadenfreude on my part?  You bet your bippie!  They’ve had this coming for so long.  And just as in 2010, they will not be able to take themselves off the downward track.  Too much of their philosophy is sacrosanct, and cannot be abandoned.

    So, stay on That Path, Zach!  We need you right where you are!

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

     
    There is no longer (if there ever was) any excuse for a Keynsian…the data is too clear.
     
    Just see:
    http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/570566/201104281910/And-They-Call-It-A-Recovery-.htm

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Just make sure he goes down with the ship instead of conning some child to remain in his stead.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Mike Devx: And it appears they are at it again, including Zach{riel}.

    “They?” We’re not a member of a political party. 
     
    Mike Devx: As 2009 turned to 2010, the Democrats remained rosy.  

    Are you referring to the recession? The U.S. recession ended in mid-2009, though the economy is still fragile. 
     
    Earl: There is no longer (if there ever was) any excuse for a Keynsian…the data is too clear.

    The recessions are not comparable. The 1981-1982 recession was due to contractionary monetary policy, devised by Paul Volcker at the Federal Reserve to tame inflation. The 2008 recession was precipitated by a failure in the banking system. 
     

  • Charles Martel

    Mike, given Zach’s disingenuousness, I’ll translate: Zach is not a member of a formal political party. He is, however, a statist. If he were a party member, he definitely would be a Democrat or Socialist.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Mart, he is closer to a RHINO or what is called a regressive reactionist. The fact that he happens to line up perfectly well with Leftist socialism, is because Leftist socialism is also regressive and reactionist.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Charles Martel: He is, however, a statist.

    statism, concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government often extending to government ownership of industry.

    Nope. Not a statist.

  • Danny Lemieux

    If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and responds like a duck, then…it must be a duck.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    What about it being Obama?

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    What about it being the killer rabbit that also sliced off both Carter’s knees back in that incident? The white rabbit was doing a waterborn sneak you know. Paddling through the water like a shark.

  • Charles Martel

    Thank you, Zach. What Danny said.

    =QUACK=

  • Mike Devx

    If Zach isn’t a Statist, then I don’t know who would be.  But I’ll bite: OK, Zach, how would you define yourself?  My best guess is that you will refuse to define yourself.  Or we’ll get some meaningless pablum: “I am a free, independent thinker”.  Oyeh, aren’t we all, aren’t we all.

  • Mike Devx

    Lots of fun stuff over at Instapundit today.  His readers are sending him haikus in response to an anti-Obama article of his (couldn’t find the link).  Haikus including:

    Obama has failed
    The worst President ever
    Jimmy Carter smiles!

    To which I might add:

    Jimmy Carter smiles:
    “Obama is worse than me!
    And we both hate Jews.”

  • Charles Martel

    Mike, it’s racist to point out Obama’s Jew hatred.

  • SADIE

    BREAKING NEWS:
     
    OBL – IS DEAD! The US is in possession of his body. He was killed in Islamabad.
     
    Feel free to ululate!!!

  • SADIE

    Better yet, feel free to demand his body and let’s drag it through NYC!
     
     

  • Charles Martel

    I’ve forgotten how to ululate. Lost it when Fatima’s dad found us snorting the hummus without any clothes on.

    You are talking about getting rid of liquid waste, right?

  • Charles Martel

    Am half listening to NBC’s coverage as my wife, ever the believer in the MSM, watches a series of ignoramuses pontificate on The Meaning of It All. Anyway, they are already manuevering their coverage to make it seem that Obama has somehow scored a great political victory.

  • SADIE

    Actually, it’s more  like gargling tahina :)

  • Charles Martel

    Senator Hummus, I served with Tahina. I knew Tahina. Tahina was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Tahina.

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Mike Devx: how would you define yourself?

    As we have stated numerous times on this blog, the most successful systems are mixed systems, that is, those that have power diffused through a variety of structures, from local to global. Those systems that try to eliminate local organizations, from clubs to citizen groups are less free and less economically successful. 
     
     

  • http://zachriel.blogspot.com/2005/07/liberal-v-conservative.html Zachriel

    Mike Devx: how would you define yourself?

    As we have stated numerous times on this blog, the most successful systems are mixed systems, that is, those that have power diffused through a variety of structures, from local to global. Those systems that try to eliminate local organizations, from clubs to citizen groups to independent businesses, are less free and less economically successful.