Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Polites Gazette 28

O: Arizona Governor ſigns immigration bill.
C: This has drawn the lines on the immigration debate. Watch the oppoſition to the law uſe their fighting words of Nazi and raciſm. Alſo look for them to diſtort the bills language to give it as ominous an appearance as they can. My question is. If the federal government refuſes to secure a States boarders, to the point that foreign nationals are becoming an economic, political, and legal problem for the State. Does the State not have a right at that point to ſecure their land themſelves?

O: Second Navy SEAL acquitted.
C: Justice again graces us with her preſence.

O: Obama's motivational primer plays to identity politics. Diſplaying ageiſm, raciſm, and ſexism, he calls out "minorities" by name for ſupport; Notably leaving out white men.
C: Poſt racial America cannot be achieved if we cannot elect poſt racial repreſentatives. Identity politics is of the worſt ſort of raciſm, being not only condeſcending and diſdainful but alſo exploitative and oppreſsive.

O: Financial reform ſtalls in Senate on cloture to open debate.
C: The current bill is poiſon, with both autocratic rule granted to the Preſident in dealing with financial inſtitutions, and unlimited capacity for future bailouts.

O: Health and Human Services report declaring that Obamacare would raiſe the coſt of health care, ſuppreſsed by the White Houſe until after Obamacare became law.
C: Can we claim to live in a Repreſentative Republic, when officials ſuppreſs official reports to derail debates in order to paſs legiſlation which apparently does the oppoſite of it's ſtated purpose? If more affordable care was not the objective, what was? Political victory for victories ſake? Or does this affirm the more ſinister, that the plan all along was to move the US towards ſocialized medicine, never to repair the ſyſtem that we had.

O: Murdoch's Wall Street Journal enterpriſe to ſell advertiſing for local New York busineſs.
C: This aims directly at the Old Gray Lady. The New York Times local advertiſing is a large ſource of income for the gray lady, but, now that WSJ is introducing a NY only edition, the Times may find itſelf even more broke than it already is.

O: New weapon being advertiſed. A miſsile launcher camouflaged as a ſhipping container. Soon to be for ſale to military minded groups world wide.
C: This could make any big rig, or container ſhip, into a medium range aſsualt weapon. Just think of the poſsibilities for Al Qaeda, Iran, Hezbollah, with a neat weapon that looks like an ordinary ſhipping box.

O: Greek bonds downgraded to junk ſtatus.
C: This was a THREE grade drop and likely cauſed the recent ſtock market dip. Portugal lost two grades the ſame day. This could be the first cracks ſtarting to show in the ſocialist debt ſtructure of Europe, and could be a harbinger of a collapſe of government debt in the firſt world. Once one falls the others will find it harder to finance their ſpending, driving up intereſt and inflation which could threaten global economies. It ſurprises me the S&P was willing to take ſuch an aggreſsive ſtance, apparently they ſtill take their job of protecting inveſtors ſeriouſly, or perhaps they did delay, and ſhould have downgraded earlier, inſtead of three grades all at once. Either way the real test of their mettle will be when it comes time to downgrade California to junk, and down grade the US from its AAA rating.

O: Sources indicate that Criſt has made up his mind and will run as an independent.
C: I will ſave commentary for an official announcement.

What's with the funny letter that looks like f without the bar?

It is called a long s. It looks like ſ in normal type, and ſ in italics.
Long s was part of early roman lettering and in use during the founders time and can be found in many of the founding documents. It fell out of use during the mid 1800's
It is a replacement for lower case s under the following circumstances

ſ is not to be used at the end of a word.
ſ is not to be used before or after the letter f
ſ should not be used before the letter b or k
ſ is used as the first s in any double s (ss -> ſs)

Of note the German ligature ß (eszett) is actually a union of long and short s joined to make a single character for the double ss sound. (ß = ſs)

It is in uſe here as ſort of a mini-revival, and to keep with the blog's antique, founders era feel. Expect to ſee it used more often here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Polites Gazette 22

Publick Occurrences and Comment, Both Forreign and Domeſtick

O: US Navy SEAL acquitted from charges of beating a terroriſt.
C: Justice lifts her blindfold to discover herself in a US Courts Martial

O: Cheney endorſes Rubio, excoriates Criſt.
C: See number 19 for the rundown on the current situation. But support for Crist is rapidly waning after his independent trial balloon. This sort of instant solidarity helps reassure conservative voters that the party stands behind primary results, not old boys whose turn is come.

O: Democrats ſeek to end filibuſter.
C: This absolute rule by majority would end over 200 years of protection of the minority coming from filibuster in the Senate. An absolute majority rule would cause swings in policy from right to left and drastically destabilize US Law, to the point where it would by an anarchistic rule of the majority.

O: Preſident Obama may be implicated, and called to teſtify, in the trial of former Illinois Governor Blagojevich.
C: I don't think this is going anywhere, but it might get Blago a sweet plea deal in order to keep embarrassment away from the President on what may be a quid pro quo deal. Expect no special prosecution on this matter. It is now far more likely to just go away.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Polites Gazette 21

Publick Occurrences and Comment, Both Forreign and Domeſtick

O: US Court of appeals 2nd Circuit Reſtores Acorn Funding Ban.
C: As if by accident, justice finds her way into an American court. After the voluntary breakup, this probably spells the end for the Acorn we knew. But rest assured, it shall be resurrected some moons hence in the dark of night, with a new face and name.

O: RNC ſpends $340,000 at a ſemi annual meeting for RNC ſtaff in Hawaii.
C: I don't think the RNC is getting the tea party message. STOP WASTING OUR MONEY ON STUPID STUFF. That includes campaign contributions and group vacations to Hawaii by the way. The already highly criticized Steele is looking weaker and weaker for a second term. In addition, stunts like this do not reinforce the idea of fiscal responsibility and could hurt the GOP in garnering tea party support.

O: Senate conſiders regulating health inſurance premiums.
C: Now that the industry is controlled, regulating their premiums to unprofitability will collapse the private system. And then pray tell, what solution will liberal thought offer to fix the ailing system? My bet is the answer starts with single and ends with ayer.

O: Queſtion why ſhould an African American vote republican? Steele, "You really don’t have a reaſon to, to be honeſt..."
C: Steele's reelection looks bleaker and bleaker.

O: Alexander Snitker joins Florida Senate race and has become the firſt libertarian candidate to get on the ballot for the Senate in Florida.
C: This is shaping up to be a four way race with Kendrick Meek the democrat getting the liberal vote and the conservative vote split three ways between, Rubio, Crist, and now Snitker. As a plurality is victory, this looks to be a very bad combination for conservatism.

O: Half New Jerſey ſchool budgets rejected by voters. Something Chris Chriſtie encouraged voters to do, if teachers refuſed a pay freeze.
C: If New Jersey can show such realism and fortitude in dealing with serious budget problems, we should be able to look the same truths in the eye regarding social security and medicare.

O: Gay rights proteſt at whitehouſe, more importantly, preſs not allowed to film proteſt.
C: Keeping the press away from things that might embarrass the President; Silence, control of information, opaqueness sold as transparency; Controlling you by manipulating what facts you might know. This is the way of despots, not the way of the Republic. The last thing the President wants I can see, is the appearance of his frayed party infighting over liberal issues. Best to keep that quiet, lest the whole card structure of popular support fail. The only problem is, that's not how we do things around here.

EPA Regulation Video Conteſt Entry

Too good not to share. The EPA has a video contest currently running in a shameless attempt to gain some free advertising material. I doubt Americans for Prosperity 's entry is quite what the EPA had in mind.

Hat Tip to Hot Air

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Polites Gazette 20

Publick Occurrences and Comment, Both Forreign and Domeſtick

O: Government to regulate ſalt in processed foods.
C: A couple of things strike me about this. First, that the FDA has too many people with not enough to do, so some budget cuts could be made without impacting actual vital services of the FDA. Second how long do you think any essential personal freedoms and responsibilities in this country will last, especially Citizen participation in governance, and the right to bear arms, if our betters think that we, when left alone with a salt shaker, will kill ourselves.

O: Goldman Sachs diſcovered to be a top Obama, and Democrat donor.
C: How the administration handles this case will likely determine the relationship between corporate America, and the Obama administration. Does Obama placate the corporate hating left by biting the hand that feeds him, or alienate his very vocal base by not doing so. Only time will tell how the White House will play this one.

O: Google key words "Goldman Sachs SEC" directed toward Obama campaign web page.
C: It looks as if the question above already has an answer. But I am not convinced Obama is willing to go on grassroots alone by betraying corporate donors, so I am still expecting a flea flicker on this play. Watch the ball (money) closely as it unfolds.

O: Charlie Criſt conſiders independent run for Florida's Senate Seat.
C: Florida Governor Charlie Crist lost much of his popular support in the Republican party when he openly supported the first Obama stimulus bill; The über expensive spending disguised as stimulus bill. His bid for US Senate has been hotly contested in primary by Marco Rubio who now holds a strong lead in polls. Crist's flirting with an independent run may be meant to garner official national Republican support on fears of a conservative split vote handing a plurality and win to Democrats. Or he may be planning a party defection a la Specter. He vows that he will listen to Floridians on this matter, but, Democrat supporters have a lot to gain with a third party so undoubtedly they will encourage this. Should he decide to buck the party, Republicans may lose some support of hard line conservatives who have been biting their lip supporting moderate party nominees.

O: New conſervative entertainment channel in the works as a cable offering look for it in the future.
C: Think of Fox as the conservative CNN. Think of this as the conservative MSNBC

O: Third in command Al Qaeda leader Ahmed al-Obeidi killed by joint forces.
C: Yet more progress toward an eventual conclusion of the US occupation of Iraq.

O: Ed Chen Preſident of the White Houſe Correſpondents' Aſsociation " my 10-plus years at the White House, rarely have I sensed such a level of anger, which is wide and deep, among members over White House practices and attitude toward the press.”
C: Apparently they are not happy with the mushroom treatment either. But I have faith the lovers will patch things up, and the adoring relationship will continue unabated.

O: FTC Power to grow in a bill now being conſidered by the Senate. It includes the power to levy fines ahead of (prior to) actual violations of law.
C: It also includes a number of advertising related provisions which will undoubtedly increase litigation costs; Throwing yet more meat to a chief Democrat lobby, trial lawyers. In unrelated news, the tickets for the speed laws you are going to break next week are arriving in the mail tomorrow.

O: SEIU leans on California lawmakers with political threats.
C: Excellent example of how the growing power of public sector unions quickly allows them to muscle elected governments, creating a spiraling budgetary crises of every growing costs of public servants, ever growing government, ever growing taxes, ever growing debt, and ultimately an ever shrinking private sector to hold it all up. Until that day the critical point is reached.

O: Arizona looking to implement tough immigration enforcement.
C: A lot of fuss over this bill is because many believe it will lead to racial profiling. Other issues include preemption by federal law. But it seems Arizona is not happy with federal efforts to protect their southern border. Again notable, is John McCain's support of the measure, having previously supported amnesty.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Polites Gazette 19

Publick Occurrences and Comment, Both Forreign and Domeſtick

This is the first edition of what I hope to make into a daily news summary. From a writer with no time, aimed at the reader with no time.

O: Time Columniſt: Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck "right up close to being ſeditious"
C: Yet another way, outspoken conservative argument and commentary offends the sensibilities of educated progressives. Not only is such banter racist in origin, but now apparently just breaths away from being a crime traditionally punished by death. Just remember free speech and vigorous debates are only topics of discussion when an administration right of center is in office.

O: Senator McCain now openly ſupports the border fence.
C: After the socially conservative voting block long fabled to be associated with Hispanic immigrants did not materialize for McCain with the amnesty meme, it looks as if he is shifting tactics to a different demographic with a secure the border meme.

O: Top Iraq Al-Qaeda leader Al-Maſri declared dead.
C: A joint operation between Iraqi security and US troops hopefully defines the transition point to full autonomous Iraqi governance.

O: Preſident Obama plays a round of golf during the funeral of Poliſh Preſident Lech Kaczynski.
C: It seems clear following the missile shield debacle that despite support in Iraq and the politically dangerous position of opposing Russian political pressures as a stalwart of free society in east Europe, Poland is not high on the Presidents list of friends.

O: Brad Sherman (D-CA) Admits the new financial reform bill is a permanent bail-out bill.
C: First they will back the banks.
Then they will have interest in the banks.
Then they will have directors on the boards of banks.
Then there will be only one bank with one owner.

O: Personal friend of Peloſi confirmed as ambaſsador to Hungary
C: I would feel better if they at least tried to hide the cronyism.

O: Al Gore's Live Earth accepts noted polluter Dow Chemical as a ſponsor of their Live Earth Run for Water events.
C: You can't make this stuff up.