Saturday, April 2, 2011

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

Every once a while, truths are allowed to be spoken on the boob tube — Justin Raimondo on Fox Business Channel and Scheuer on American State TV. Since such moments are so few and far between, there is really no need to own a telescreen; anything worth watching finds its way to YouTube.

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Blogger J.K. Baltzersen said...

Interesting interview, sir.

I just can't stand how Judge Napolitano and Mr. Raimondo use the word king -- or rather misuse.

Sadly, they are not alone in this misuse.

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I caught that as well. We Americans are a bit confusued in that regard. Let's call it "George III Derangement Syndrome."

3:46 PM  
Blogger J.K. Baltzersen said...

And George III wasn't even an absolute monarch. He ruled in a mixed government, Crown-in-Parliament system. But then again, there is a tendency to call any monarch with the slightest hint of real power absolute, whereas a legislature that is absolute gets off the hook -- quite often at least.

It's not even the first time I have heard Judge Napolitano with this misuse.

Since a lot of my elementary school teachers and classmates were Americans, in a country with an African one party system, I got the first hint of this a long time ago. However, I cannot say I got acquainted with this particular symptom (the initially mentioned misuse) of said syndrome at that time -- at least not that I can remember.

All this being said, I am otherwise with Judge Napolitano and Mr. Raimondo on their opposition to the Libya operation, to whose Norwegian participation our own Crown Prince Regent (His Majesty was at the time on vacation abroad) gave rubber stamp authorization.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Francis Xavier said...

One thing really should be said, and isn't about the Libya adventure.

Libya is not a dictatorship like Chile was, where opponents were put in jail, or even a dictatorship like Syria was, where opponents who staged insurrections were slaughtered en masse.

Libya is a dictatorship in which even saying less than flattering things about the dear leader in your own house can result in your "disappearing." Not always, but often enough to see that it almost never happens. Libya is also a dictatorship in which all bank notes above a certain denomination have abruptly been declared null and void, not much different that Pol Pot's Cambodia.

Were this about bringing the American Way to Chile, Syria, or even Serbia, I would have second and third thoughts. But in this case, even if it has warts, I can't but expect that it'll be for the better all in all.

11:30 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Even if Libya is another North Korea, ain't none of our business.

Seems to me, folks in the West are happy "that Gaddafi worked to open schools and universities for women, guaranteed freedom for them to leave home unaccompanied, [and]developed the country's economy," as Piero Gheddo -- Gaddafi a controversial dictator.

Folks in the East, our new allies, seem to take a less secular approach to things, and are more prone to support faith-based organizations like Al Qaeda. I do like the fact that they resurrected the monarchic flag, even if it was a fake monarchy of a fake country.

Those caveats aside, I side with the Benghazi insurgency. Still, I don't want my government supporting anyone outside the country unless it is for disaster relief.

11:55 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

By the way, I'm glad you said what you did about Chile. I saw General Pinochet with my own two eyes at his country's independece day celebrations in 1993, a week after taking santuary in a church from his South African-built water cannons in a protest marking the 20th anniversary of his golpe de estado.

12:03 AM  
Blogger Francis Xavier said...

My incredible respect for you notwithstanding, I can't concur.

Too many people disappeared for being bothersome for me to accept that regime as even remotely legitimate. Fear and terror do not legitimize.

I remind you that Jesus explicitly declared "none of our business" when people are in distress to be the exact anathema of the Law.

Luke 10:25-37

25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

29But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

30And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

33But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

36Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

37And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

PS. Using water canons is a sign of sophistication and progress; the West Germans have had to use them for decades to give their late pubescents the thrills they craved and insisted on. It so much more humane than bull-fighting

12:11 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Good points about water cannons. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for General Pinochet. Being exposed to his water cannons was quite a thrill: a thrill that made me first question the "mob mentality" and "mass mind" I now condemn. Come to think of it, it was political baptism of sorts.

About Colonel Gaddafi, I have to confess that I wouldn't mind to see him get the Mussolini/Ceaușescu treatment. I'm from Upstate New York, and have not forgotten that many students from Syracuse University died over Lockerbie, Scotland. He's ugly as sin, a complete buffoon, and evil as Hell.

Still, there are lots of bad guys out there, and taking them all on is not what we're about. America, said John Quincy Adams, "goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own."

Horrifying things are going on all over the globe. It's just not our job, or anyone else's but God's, to make them right. Worse things than in Libya are probably happening right now in the Ivory Coast, but they're Black and have no oil. All we can do is pray.

12:52 AM  
Blogger Francis Xavier said...

My counterargument would be that the American Revolution would never have succeeded without the intervention of the French fleet, which fought naval battles against the British, even if the Know-Nothings won't admit it.

If it was good enough for us, with a much more benign ruler, how can we deny it them?

2:34 AM  
Blogger J.K. Baltzersen said...

Mr. Xavier, sir, that support was arguably the worst mistake of His Most Christian Majesty Louis XVI.

7:53 AM  
Blogger xavier said...


I concour with you. I oppose NATO's intervention in Libya. Frankly, it should be the Arabs that overthrow hime. But Moussa- the Arab League secretary general basically blasted NATO for 'civilian deaths'. What did he expect would happen.
If Arab regimes really loathe Gaddafhi, then get rid of him yourselves instead of involving us.


10:26 AM  
Blogger Francis Xavier said...

Xavier, most of the Arab countries have many guest workers in Libya. Egypt, Libya's neighbor and the country with the largest army in the region (by numbers) has a million citizens in Libya. Want to guess what they think will happen to their people if they get involved?

Two Arab countries with barely any citizens in Libya, the UAE and Qatar are involved. That said, all in all you do have a point.

2:40 PM  

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