Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Holodomor: Killing by Hunger

Just learned about this today... never heard of this specific event before.  Putting it here to remember:

From Wikpedia:

The Holodomor (UkrainianГолодомор, 'Морити голодом', literal translation Killing by hunger) was a man-made famine in the Ukrainian SSR between 1932 and 1933. During the famine, which is also known as the "terror-famine in Ukraine" and "famine-genocide in Ukraine",[1][2][3] millions of Ukrainians died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine.[4]

Early estimates of the death toll by scholars and government officials varied greatly; anywhere from 1.8[5] to 12 million[6] ethnic Ukrainians were said to have been killed as a result of the famine. Recent research has since narrowed the estimates to between 2.4[7] and 7.5[8] million. The exact number of deaths is hard to determine, due to a lack of records,[9][10] but the number increases significantly when the deaths inside heavily Ukrainian-populated Kuban are included.[11] The demographic deficit caused by unborn or unrecorded births is said to be as high as 6 million.[9] Older estimates are still often cited in political commentary.[12]
As Beck and Stu explained and simplified the story, which warrants further research to confirm, the Soviets demanded ever increasing food production from the Ukrainian people, to ship it to the motherland to feed the Russian people, that the Ukrainians did not have enough to feed themselves.  When the Ukrainians began resisting, the Russian troops rolled in and took the food out of the kitchens of the homes and shot anyone who tried to steal it back.  In their discussion, some 7 million died.

What prevents people from being absolutely barbaric to each other?  Is there anything to restrain them from their impulse to dominate and feed off of someone else?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Counting Obama Voters: 1

Stopped by the grocery store yesterday afternoon for what should have been a quick trip... +10 minutes as the woman in front of me hashed it out with the cashier about coupons being applied properly.

I should have thanked her for being frugal.  When it was time for her to pay her $33.48 total, suddenly $25 disappeared, paid for courtesy of you and me via the federal government: Food Stamps.  (She paid the rest in cash.)

This fellow citizen was wearing an Obama campaign t-shirt from 2008.


A little Sesame Street classic to help us with the counting:

PS: did you know this counting song was sung by The Pointer Sisters?  Had no idea...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

There is Room For Another...

During the CNN / Tea Party debate last night a tea-partier asked what the candidates were willing to do to gain support specifically from hispanic voters.  As the wife and I listened to the answers, we looked at each other and agreed that the right answer, the one that was missing, was the following:

I am going to reach out to hispanics the same way I will reach out for the support of every American voter: by appealing to their desire to protect life, to promote liberty, to expand the opportunity for every individual to achieve their happiness.  We are all Americans, come with me, let's re-claim our nation.

Romney came close in his eventual answer, but he was so off the beaten path he would have a long way to walk to get back to the purity of that statement above.

Palin.  She might be able to stake a claim in this position.  Her frank discussion of crony capitalism, the manner in which she has trained herself to be immune to the media's efforts to goad and lead the candidates into certain responses... this is the space she could fill.

If she runs.

Will she?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I Remember...

Re-posted from the original: Where Were You?

I was standing at the kitchen sink filling the coffee pot with water. I had the radio on, listening to NPR’s Morning Edition. They took a break from the national feed at ~5:48am for local news or weather. Same as the day before. Same as the day before that.

“I don’t know what this means, but we just received a report that a small plane has struck the World Trade Center,” the local announcer says at the break.

I looked out the window. I switched on the TV. I watched the second plane fly into the tower.

I stopped thinking.

While I sat frozen I knew I wasn’t alone. I thought of so many other people who must be transfixed at the same moment.

While that happened a third plane hit the Pentagon.

Life changed in those moments. I had the luxury of sitting in shock on my couch. But some people had to keep going. There were people to rescue in New York and Washington. There were other planes in the sky. There were policemen and firemen and air traffic controllers and military staffers and commanders who needed to do their jobs.

There were citizens who needed to act, to do something, to prevent a fourth plane from wreaking its havoc on one of America’s cities.

Please make the time to see United 93. Remember the moment you first heard of the attack against America. Marvel at the fact that within only an hour and a half our fellow Americans had managed to organize and counter attack and prevent a complete victory by our enemy.

A few hours into the experience, I struggled to restore normalcy.  I forced myself to switch off the TV and go into my morning routine.  Shower.  Dress.  Grab the laptop, keys, wallet.  Walk to the door.  Open the door.  Walk...

I could not.

I could not cross the threshold.  Outside that door was I was unprotected.  Outside that door I had to drive the freeway through downtown Los Angeles.  Past the Library Tower, the highest building west of the Mississippi River.  I could not.

I did not.

I put down my case.  I left a voice mail for my boss... "I can't do it, I can't drive in, I cannot."  I turned the TV back on.  I sat on the floor and just absorbed, and hurt.

I cried.


Thursday 9/13, as I drove down the 105 freeway on my route to the office a plane was wheeling from south to west, heading towards LAX.  It was the only plane in the sky.  It was the first plane I had seen since Monday.  It was, for a moment, terrifying.

Friday 9/14 I left the office and walked to the Episcopal Church near me in Pasadena.  I went to a service on my own accord for the first time in ages.  It was packed.  I cried.  We all cried.  It seemed incomprehensible.

Always remember.


And when today is over, and tomorrow begins... ask yourself: What is different?  What am I doing, what are you doing, what are we all doing to make sure this world is comprehensible and for those parts that cannot be, will not be, that we are united to defend our sane world from those barbarians at the gate?

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Eugenics Group Advertising on MSNBC During GOP Debate

In the first commercial break there was this commercial which stopped me in my tracks.  Watch it, then go read their background page.  Population control.  Fertility management.  Eugenics.  Really scary this is mainstreamed enough to buy commercial time on a national broadcast on MSNBC.  What else is being advertised on that channel that I would never know about?

I live in Seattle, Washington... was this ad actually run on the national feed?

Here is the text of the background page on this group's website (highlights are mine)

Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) is confronting the most important issue facing California and the United States: runaway population growth. This problem cries out for action now and will have severe and irreversible consequences for our children and grandchildren. Overpopulation brings environmental damage and overuse of nature's bounty. Overpopulation strains local infrastructure and frays community institutions. It affects air and water quality, causes destruction of forests and wildlife and results in the permanent loss of fertile land and other non-renewable resources.

The solutions are limiting immigration, encouraging lower fertility and educating the public about likely outcomes if we fail to take decisive action today. The most crucial task for those who care about California and the rest of the United States is to reverse the endless growth agenda supported by most of our elected officials and based on a "business as usual" attitude that continuing increases in population and consumption can go on indefinitely. The nation is growing at the rate of 0.9% a year. California is growing by 1.01%, which means its population will double in 69 years. At this rate, by early in the next century, our great-grandchildren will be living in an America crammed with over a billion people.

Electric vehicles and anti-sprawl campaigns may have merit, but because they deal with the symptoms rather than the underlying causes of society's overpopulation woes, they are no substitute for just saying "no" to current and unprecedented mass immigration policies.

CAPS was organized in 1986, when it split off from ZPG (Zero Population Growth) because that organization, like many other population groups, decided to focus on the politically safer issue of global overpopulation. While we agree that global overpopulation is a problem, CAPS works to influence population policy in our own country and uses education and advocacy to accomplish this goal.

CAPS is a 501(c)(3), membership-based, public interest organization, that is determined to end policies and practices that cause overpopulation and the resultant decline in our quality of life here in California and in the United States.

Thus, CAPS has a special niche in the population-environment movement. Several of our board members have held leadership positions in national environmental groups. Three current board members are scientifically-trained academics, now dedicated immigration reform activists.

Because conventional environmental organizations have abrogated their responsibility to oppose continued U.S. population growth, a huge gap exists that organizations like CAPS are determined to fill. A detailed history of the U.S. environmental movement's retreat from advocating U.S. population stabilization has been documented by Roy Beck and Leon Kolankiewicz in volume 12 of the Journal of Policy History.

Total fertility rates are below replacement (2.1 children per woman) for all groups in California except for Hispanics, whose total fertility rate is 2.68 (CA Dept. of Finance). But it is direct immigration and births to foreign-born women that now account for virtually all of the population growth in California. CAPS is unique among population and immigration reduction organizations in our advocacy of less immigration, small family size and the wide availability of family planning information and contraceptive use.

CAPS recognizes that California has developed a harmful positive feedback loop that involves over-immigration, a poor and deteriorating public educational system, and high fertility. These factors reinforce each other in negative ways: Over-immigration overwhelms the public schools with too many students who have little command of English. This is a major factor interfering with immigrant achievement and promotes dropping out of school early. Because of the well-documented inverse correlation between a woman's lifetime fertility and the amount of schooling she receives, these early dropouts will have, on average, high fertility. This will fill the schools with even more children and exacerbate further the overcrowding and other problems. This harmful repetitive cycle will never be fixed until immigration levels are reduced. Just to accommodate current rates of immigration-driven increase in the under-age-20 population, California would have to build a new school every other day and this need will continue for the foreseeable future.

Population can and must be stabilized in the United States. CAPS believes we are in a position to have significant influence, especially here in California. We have made a reasoned analysis of the problem, based on the best available data from demographic and ecological source material. We have designed research, education and advocacy programs that will be effective. We ask for your support in this critically important work.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Courage and Honor in the Face of Evil

A Chicago family had their disabled child's specialized wheelchair stolen from their driveway. When it would be so easy to simply react, play the role we see so many victims play in interviews on television... this mother requests that anyone who intended to donate to her family please donate to a charity instead.

God bless America.

Story is here: An American Family

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Zero'ing Out of a Generation

Just finished watching "Generation Zero." I bought this well over 6 months ago, and until last night it remained in the original plastic wrap. The news this week of Sarah Palin's re-emergence into public life with a bus tour and a secretly made, feature length movie profile of the former vice presidential candidate inspired the viewing. Stephen K. Bannon is the filmmaker for both.

The first thing that struck me as the movie started, though, was the production company: Citizens United Productions. Producer? David N. Bossie. I've sat pondering the meaning of the Citizen's United ruling from the Supreme Court since it was announced. As far as I knew, it had not touched my life. And until yesterday I did not know who Mr. Bossie was... I had to look him up on Wikipedia after reading this Jonah Goldberg post on The Corner.

The movie was stunning. I'm very glad I invested the time and would recommend it to all. We have entered a stunning period of life in American history. We have overspent. We have authorized others... our politicians and our elites... to control our destinies. These are not opinions, they are simply facts. Next comes the struggle to reclaim them.

The struggle that I have progressed through for the past 10 months at work is part and parcel to the struggle that we will face in the coming years, perhaps the coming generation. A return to the basics: honesty, compassion, work, responsibility. People who behave by other principles than those are the people that should be avoided, but when necessary, battled.

The movie discussed the commitment that our government made to provide for retirees. Income. Healthcare. Free. The concept in presented, here and in general, as if we the American People must fulfill this obligation that other generations before us committed us to.

How is this construct of the obligation... that I the child must work and earn and be productive, so that my income can be taken from me and redistributed inefficiently through the government to my own parents and grandparents? I would not for a moment advocate leaving anyone out in the cold. Let us simply be clear: My parents' generation voted for politicians and policies that would guarantee them an income after they were done working and at the same time would not save a single penny to cover the cost of that commitment.

My parents' generation took an extraordinary risk with their future. They invested much of their retirement into this flim-flam scam. And now, when there is no money to fund the machine, when the ponzi scheme is revealed, when the risky investments they made fail... they come looking to my generation, and that of my future children to bail them out.

How is this any different than the primary discussion topic of "Generation Zero" where the big Wall Street institutions kept their profits by having the middle class taxes to bail out their failed investments?

I plan to address this topic with tremendous compassion. No one should be left in the cold. But I would like a truthful discussion. Truth, forgiveness, solution. Without the truth, without acceptance of the truth by the perpetrators, the victims will simply be bled dry.

Gird for difficult times.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The U.S. Non-Defense Strategy?

Imprimis arrived yesterday in the mail. Author Brian Kennedy seems to be headed down a path that is well known and much discussed already:
  1. Islam is evil and duplicitous and a threat to the security of the United States
  2. China is a military threat to the security of the United States
  3. Russia is a threat to the security of the United States
Mr. Kennedy describes several verses from the Koran, proceeds to a discussion of the economic stranglehold China has over the U.S. as it increases the scope of her military forces and influence outside her borders, then addresses the post-cold war non-victory over Russia and that nation's current influences and capabilities.

Striking Thought #1: The falsity of the U.S. naval power. This piece posits the possibility of quick and total destruction of the overseas military presence of the U.S. blue water navy through the use of missiles.

Striking Thought #2: Our mainland is not defended for lack of a missile defense, the knowledge that the navy could be destroyed or seriously damaged quickly, and the concept of an EMP device activated from an aggressor's vessel off U.S. shores.

Questions that occur:
  1. Is it time to pull our navy back to the near boundaries of the US?
  2. What if the Iranian vessels that transited the Suez yesterday have an EMP capability that could be utilized just off the shores of Israel?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The National Security Fortress

America's foreign policy moved front and center in the past few weeks as the popular revolt in Egypt appeared, intensified, and found "success." (As Niall Ferguson said on Morning Joe recently... it's hard to call a popular revolution that leads to a military junta a success...) For so many years we have supported the existence of autocratic regimes across the Middle East, holding steadfast that the devil we know was better than the devil we don't know.

Glenn Beck led the US Policy flogging. His pronouncements on the topic... well... let's say I agree with the great bulk of them. But where does that flogging of our past policy lead us? Criticism is not enough. Should we aggressively strive to overturn every non-free government around the world? Should we constantly evangelize our flavor of freedom everywhere we go? Should we reject all treaties and reject all trade opportunities with authoritarian regimes?


Solutions are required. New ideas must be injected into the mix. And here is my developing contribution:

  1. The first and primary objective of the United States Foreign Policy should be the security of the nation and the protection of it's citizens domestically and across the globe.
  2. We have a military that can project tremendous force around the globe as needed, only sparingly, and to tremendous effect, to the direct service of protecting the lives and interests of America. Victory should be quick when possible but always decisive.
  3. We should expand the defensive barrier that is our liberty and freedom throughout the world. Each country that is free and democratic is another extension of our defensive barricade. Free countries do not attack each other, which reduces the number of countries that must be observed as threats. Increasing numbers of free nations challenges to abilities of the remaining authoritarian regimes to defend their own borders, complicates their ability to project control outside of their borders, and most importantly, provides them with too many close proximity targets to allow them to threaten the United States.
Form a Fortress of Liberty. Tell all they are welcome to join us, not by coming inside our walls, but by using our example to build their own wall, which they are then welcome to attach to ours.

As we pursue this, our moral path will be apparent at each step. America should never need to side with the enemies of freedom to protect freedom. The core of our nation's foreign policy and national security policy should always be the expansion of democracy and liberty around the globe.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Toast, To America

Courtesy of John Bolton, who gave an impressive and moving speech yesterday at the CPAC 2011 conference. He included in his talk the following quote from the french author Andre Malroux:

"I offer a toast to the only nation that has waged war but not worshipped it, that has won the greatest power in the world but not sought it, that has wrought the greatest weapon of death but not wished to wield it; and may it inspire men with dreams worthy of its action."

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Marxist Vision of America?

Last night was Obama's State of the Union Address... In the first 10 minus (all I happened to hear) he espoused a remarkable vision of America... basically, he asked if we could remember the old days... When you could go to the door of the factory in your town, get a job, have it for life, maybe even getting a promotion along the way... comfortable in the knowledge that your children would be able to come to the same factory and get the same job... Remember when nothing changed generation after generation in America? Remember when America was a worker's paradise?