Posted by: quiscus | May 26, 2011

May 26, 2011

1.  What a moronically stupid threat:

“Feds Issue Threat: No Fly Zone for Texas?

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice upped the ante in a high-stakes political game of chicken. Lobbying against pending legislation in the Texas legislature which would criminalize any searches conducted without probable cause, U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy sent a letter to a few high-ranking members of Texas’ government warning against promoting the bill and threatening a complete closure of all flights to and from the state.”

http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2011/05/24/feds-issue-threat-no-fly-zone-for-texas/

2.  As I’ve said, our government doesn’t make mistakes or blunders.  Every action, including those with bad results, like war, is taken intentionally and according to plan, with full awareness of all consequences that will come:

Are Our Leaders Really Incompetent … Or Just Pretending?
People want to assume that when someone in power messes up – especially someone who appears incompetent – it was just a mistake.

For example, folks can’t believe that an incompetent president could carry out scoundrelly deeds.

But as I wrote 5 years ago:

As noted social historian and author Michael Parenti writes:

“Generally, US foreign policy is remarkably consistent and cohesive, a deadly success, given the interests it represents. Those who see it as repeatedly befuddled are themselves revealing their own befuddlement.

Sometimes the policymakers themselves seize upon incompetence as a cover. [For example, when the Iran-Contra affair was discovered, President Reagan pleaded incompetence.] His admission of incompetence was eagerly embraced by various analysts and pundits who prefer to see their leaders as suffering from innocent ignorance rather than deliberate deception. Subsequent testimony by his subordinates, however, revealed that Reagan was not as dumb as he was pretending to be, and that he had played an active and deciding role in the entire Iran-contra affair.

***

No less a political personage than Henry Kissinger repeatedly pretended to innocent ignorance and incompetence when confronted with the dirty role he and his cohorts played . . . .”

This strategy of “playing dumb” and acting incompetent has, in fact, long been employed by leaders on both the left and the right. Many liberals and old fashioned conservatives have been suckered by this dumb and dumber act.

Obama – like Bush before him – also appears to be totally incompetent with regard to the economy. He hasn’t been able to rein in the giant banks or significantly lower unemployment. Obama is following disproven models, and has appointed economists who either helped cause the crisis in the first place, or who have drunk the kool-aid of failed economic theory.

But Obama has actually been serving “his constituency”: Goldman Sachs and the other Wall Street giants which funded his campaign.

And as I pointed out last year, top economists running the Fed and advising Obama don’t miss the dangers to the economy due to negligence, but because they are rewarded for doing so”

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/05/are-our-leaders-incompetent-or-just.html

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