Thursday, April 17, 2014

Harry Reid to Americans Supporting Bundy: You Are Domestic Terrorists

Harry (King George) Reid has called the supporters of Cliven Bundy "domestic terrorists".

Apparently this means that the war is on.

Like many Democrats, Reid thinks that he IS the law. This has been amply demonstrated during the past 5 1/2 years as the Democrats have been emboldened to flaunt laws and to make laws no one wants but the leftists. Reid used the nuclear option to remove opposition from the ObamaCare law passage. Reid has no scruples. He is a political animal, stress on 'animal'.

It appears that Reid is in complete command of the BLM through his toady who now is the czar running the BLM to Reid's profit. The Reid dictatorship includes an army, maybe even several armies, who knows - every bureaucracy now is an army on its own right.

The left owns the bureaucrats and their armies; they own the courts; they own the entire government except for the House. When Harry Reid decides to go to war, there will be nothing to stop him.

Krauthammer's Law Is A Little Off

Krauthammer's Law is this:
Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.
I think that is not the exact case regarding how conservatives view liberals. I suspect that most conservatives view liberals as emotionally impaired, morally values-free, and demented in pursuit of self-justification of their eliteness and superiority. They are not stupid; they are focused on their own salvation through their own secular messiahism. They are their own gods. This article at PJ Media demonstrates how cloistered and out of touch with actual people that liberals remain.

The US is an Oligarchy? Of Course it is.

From the Telegraph, a study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities concludes the obvious:
"The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.

"The report, entitled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, used extensive policy data collected from between the years of 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the US political system.

"After sifting through nearly 1,800 US policies enacted in that period and comparing them to the expressed preferences of average Americans (50th percentile of income), affluent Americans (90th percentile) and large special interests groups, researchers concluded that the United States is dominated by its economic elite."
One long look at Harry Reid could have told them the same thing.

New Data On Lerner's Involvement In the IRS Attack On The Right

From USN, the money quotes:
"The particular mention by Fish of the idea that “the next election cycle is around the corner” seems to any reasonable person to confirm or at least suggest higher-ups at the IRS including Lerner knew exactly what they were doing, had used their positions for partisan political purposes, and were continuing to do so even though the word about what they were doing had leaked out.

“The David Fish email proves the IRS originated and fed to Senate Democrats the idea of threatening conservatives with criminal prosecution for engaging in political speech – specifically with an eye towards the 2014 cycle. It’s the strongest proof yet that there should indeed be criminal prosecutions, not of conservatives but of the IRS bureaucrats who conspired to suppress them," said Phil Kerpen, the president of American Commitment and one who has followed this issue closely since it first become public knowledge.

"Interestingly, sources close to the House Committee on Ways and Means, one of the congressional panels looking into the issue, is not at all certain the document containing the Fish email was given to the panel subsequent to a rather broad, comprehensive subpoena of the IRS.

"There is also this message from Lerner, also made public as a result of the Judicial Watch FOIA. In it she writes, "As I mentioned yesterday – there are several groups of folks from the FEC world that are pushing tax fraud prosecution for c4s who report that are not conducting political activity when they are (or these folks think they are). One is my ex-boss Larry Noble (former General Counsel at the FEC), who is now president of Americans for Campaign Reform. This is their latest push to shut these down. One IRS prosecution would make an impact and they wouldn’t fell so comfortable doing the stuff. ... So don’t be fooled about how this is being articulated – it is ALL about 501(c)(4) orgs and political activity.”
They're totally uninterested in the revamped ACORN shell orgs, or any of the Soros proliferation of political activity orgs, or Harry Reid's wealth as a public servant. still, it might take a while, but I think maybe, just maybe, Lerner and her minions might get some jail time down the pike somewhere. And it could lead up to Obama, too.

The US Census Bureau: Democrat Statistic Generator

It was transparently obvious that, when Obama transferred the Census Bureau to the White House, the census data would be no good for anything ever again. For more depth, there is this article at WSJ, and here are the summary quotes:

From NYT:
"The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama's health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said."
From Megan McArdle:
"For several months now, whenever the topic of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act came up, I've been saying that it was too soon to tell its ultimate effects. We don't know how many people have paid for their new insurance policies, or how many of those who bought policies were previously uninsured. For that, I said, we will have to wait for Census Bureau data, which offer the best assessment of the insurance status of the whole population. Other surveys are available, but the samples are smaller, so they're not as good; the census is the gold standard. Unfortunately, as I invariably noted, these data won't be available until 2015.

I stand corrected: These data won't be available at all. Ever."
And,
"Why, dear God, oh, why, would you change it in the one year in the entire history of the republic that it is most important for policy makers, researchers and voters to be able to compare the number of uninsured to those in prior years?"
Well, the answer is right there in the question, isn't it?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Greta Christina Has a New Book Out.

Greta Christina is all about hating religion and the religious and anyone not just like her, so she has a plan to get more people to be like her. Hemant Mehta "the Friendly Atheist" has printed a blurb from Christina's new book, "Coming Out Atheist". Christina's entire point is to "combat religion", as Hemant says, by denying yourself to religion. Here's Greta:
"Religion perpetuates itself through social consent.

And coming out atheist denies it that consent.

This, in my opinion, is one of the best reasons for atheists to come out. You don’t have to argue with people about their beliefs. If all you do is tell people “I’m an atheist,” you’re denying religion your social consent.

And as the years and decades roll on, this will have a snowball effect. The more of us there are who deny consent to religion, the harder it’ll be to ignore difficult questions about it, or to ignore the option of atheism. And as it gets harder to ignore difficult questions about religion, more people will become atheists… and as more people become atheists and come out about it… oh, you get the picture."
Sorta like a pyramid scheme, she thinks. But she lives in an atheist bubble, where she can't see the normal reaction to atheists:
"Oh, another person who has no fixed moral principles. Great."
Christina's atheism is functional and practical: she can't stand any criticism of her lesbian lifestyle, and she never neglects to use the term homophobia as often as she can. This time it's "faith healing and homophobia and stoning adulterers" which she connects to her opposition.

I am actually all for theists looking deeply and inquiringly into their beliefs. There is no need for believing blindly. That's for atheists, who cannot provide either any disciplined deductive logic or experimental empirical data which supports their claim of logic and evidence for their beliefs. Atheism starts with a void, empty of both logic and evidence as well as moral principles. From there, they make it up as they go. It's the Darwinian, inferential, story telling, inductive logic type of personal bias as truth. And that is all there is to Atheism.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quick Thoughts on the Multiverse

I actually love Dawkins' claim that the multiverse is the Darwinian approach to solving the issue of the fine-tuning of the universe. The Darwinian approach is purely by imagining connections between distinct observatons, and creating fantasy observations to fill the holes in the observational history.

But there is a logical disconnect even outside the Darwinian fantasy approach, which is this:

Materialist claim:
All things which exist are material (note 1);

The source of all things which exist is therefore material.
This is a direct example of Russell's "Set of All Sets Paradox". When Russell and Whitehead were writing Principia Mathematica, which they intended to explain all mathematical concepts, Russell encountered the paradox whereby a "set of all sets" must also include itself, and therefore could not be a true set of all sets. Paradoxically, there can be no set of all sets.

The materialist claim, above, is paradoxical for the same reason. If the source of all things which exist material, then it must be the source of itself (self-referencing), or have existed forever in infinite time (infinite regression), or else require a non-material source (the claim is false).

The multiverse is an extension of the known universe (actually only partially known), and is an attempt to assert the infinite regression without having to face the usual philosophical disdain for such a claim.

Some try to assert the "material source created itself" position, but unsuccessfully. Hawking required preexisting physical laws which affected a quantum field. Krauss claimed that "coming from nothing" meant coming from the preexisting quantum field or foam or whatever preexisted, which was not material but only pre-material (or something like that). In every case, there is never an actual absence of all concepts of preexistence involved in creation-from-nothing. So it devolves to another infinite regression.

But under Godel's theorems, a hierarchy must exist if knowledge is to be certain. This brings us back to Darwinian Just So Stories, which are created imaginings of connections, fables without evidence, and then considered to actually BE evidence. That is exactly what the multiverse is.

Note 1: This claim cannot be proven materially or rationally; it is an assertion only. The use of this assertion as a premise renders the entire argument to be false. Further, it is part of a Category Error, in which material methodology (required) is used in attempts to claim that there is no material evidence for non-material existence.

Why Not? It's Right In Character.

There is a new disclosure that the Justice Department "Selectively Blocks Mergers By Republican CEOs". But if I had asked you before this went public if this would be the case, you probably would have intuited the correct answer. Because corruption spreads like wildfire in government, until it is completely consumed. What would a totally corrupt government do? Well, this would be one thing, amongst many, many, many, many things it would do. It won't make the MSM news, because this type of thing is now an expectation, not a deviation.

The War On Cliven Bundy: It’s Not Over

The Feds pulled their stormtroopers/snipers back shortly after the arrival of the armed militias and the other US citizens who rallied in defense of Cliven Bundy. Bundy is being ejected from the ranch his family has owned since the 19th century in the continuing confiscation of private land by the federal government. The plot so far includes the greed of Harry Reid and the BLM’s incessant drive to eradicate ranchers totally from Nevada’s 90% federal lands. Today the BLM is under Reid’s former chief of staff, a Reid toady who is furiously enabling the Reid-Chinese solar project. Think money. Lots of it.

Parenthetically, it seems insane to allow the federal government to own any land at all; if there is a more incompetent landowner, I’m not sure who it would be. Think about the great Yellowstone wildfire and the huge forest fires that have been caused by “Smoky the Bear”-type refusal to allow the deadwood to burn selectively, and instead to build up to feed the disastrous megafires.

But back to Bundy’s war. Harry Reid exclaims that it is not over, that no one should be allowed to break the law and walk away. Except Democrat Senators, of course, who declare illegals to be off-limits, and the border to be ignored, etc.

And it is not over. It is also reported that the Feds are plotting a raid on the Bundy ranch. If they can’t get the cattle, they’ll get the cattleman.

The details seem to follow the money, as do all things political. According to Powerlineblog, the actual need for Bundy’s land is as a “mitigation area” for placing displaced desert tortoises from the actual site where the Chinese solar project promoted by Reid. So what is happening appears actually to be the sacrifice of Bundy for the Reid-Chinese solar project.

I have asked my congressperson to investigate the Reid-Chinese incursion into the BLM, and the BLM’s confiscation of private land.