Paved with Political Bullshit

According to an old saw, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Insofar as politics is concerned, I have great doubt.

I’ve been following politics more or less closely and studying parts of it carefully since the 1960s. And insofar as we have in mind stated political intentions, I would judge that the statements are nearly all false, and known to be false and intended to mislead by those who make them.

These charlatans know full well that, for example, the public interest they claim to serve is nothing but a rhetorical cloak for the benefits they seek to channel at public expense to their friends and supporters.

In short, the road to hell is paved with political bullshit. Good intentions are so rare as to verge on nonexistent.

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Strange Ideas

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The other day I posted that if you had one idea per day at the end of the year you will have had 365 ideas. Maybe one of those ideas will have been good. But there will likely be some very strange ideas among the mix as well.  You have to learn to let go of some or most of those strange ideas.  Have you ever encountered a person who could not let go of ideas that had minimal chance for success, or maximal chance for disaster?

Think of cluttering your brain with everything that attracts your senses.  One has to be able to forget nearly everything that distracts (I say “nearly,” because zero distraction would produce zero new ideas — a balance must be struck).  In a very similar process, some ideas need to be dispensed with to give better ideas traction.

Sometimes, idea-oriented people have no shutoff valve.  Politicians often have this affliction.  They never met an idea that they didn’t like, but cost, intervention, and Rube Goldberg-ishness turn idea-attractions into love affairs.  Their confirmation biases block any words to the wise.

— Kilgore Forelle

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Have you ever known someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?  I am very reluctant to label anybody in that way.  First of all, I am a follower of Thomas Szasz, who cautioned strongly against using labels.  Secondly, in the broader scheme of things, evolution may look like aberation from the sanctum of the “normal.”

But, individuals are not obsessive or compulsive — although they may behave that way at times.  Behaviors are obsessive and/or compulsive.

Speaking of those behaviors, however, have you noticed the collective behavior of statist politicians?  Isn’t it obsessive to keep doing the same things while expecting something to change?  Isn’t it compulsive to be running around in the same circles, screaming and shouting?

— Kilgore Forelle

 

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Spaghetti Code

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Spaghetti Code is a computer programming term referring to poor design.  In most instances, the making of law resembles a pot of spaghetti on a full boil.

POTUS is created by the Constitution to administer the laws of the land. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. The First Amendment is the foremost law of the land.

Q.: Is POTUS specifically violating the Oath of Office when he uses the Color of Office to specifically attack the Media?

— Kilgore Forelle

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Political Interests, National Security, & Moral Imperialism (24m) – Editor’s Break 038

Editor’s Break 038 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: political vs. public interest, forgiving others of the mistakes they make, Trump’s foolish approach to national security, trusting people to choose political leaders but not to take care of themselves and others, moral imperialism, and much more.

Listen to Editor’s Break 038 (24m, mp3, 64kbps)

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