A Moral Obscenity With No National Interest At Stake

August 26th, 2013

Remind you of anything other than Another Round Of Empty Posturing?

Of course the Syrian government is using chemical weapons on their own people.

Why this is morally more obscene than say using saturation bombing and mortar shells on your own people is a great mystery, or hacking to death a few million of your fellow citizens with machetes, or tossing aside an elected government in favor of a military dictatorship with full American support!

Of course we have zero national interest at stake in Syria.

Unless we know precisely where Assad is (nope, the intelligence community has no idea, clearly), then there’s no point in bombing Syria and killing yet more Syrians.

Syria is Lebanon on a larger scale, or it’s Yugoslavia, a land with plenty of bad guys and no peaceful resolution without a massive international force staying for decades.

Oh, and the Russians won’t ever agree to that, so all of the Administration’s outrage is at best pointless and at worst deeply cynical.

Gorilla says: “Oh well, empty posturing remains far better than yet another pointless war!”


Ten Issues Nobody Really Cares About

August 21st, 2013

1) Torture: Manning gets 35 years for leaking documents, while torture continues in Guantanamo and around the world.

2) Syria: Chemical weapons or not, nobody’s going to war for Syria.

3) Egypt: a failed state and a successful military dictatorship.

4) Middle East peace: a sham and a fraud, as it’s been most of the last 65 years.

5) The deficit and/or the debt: Both are falling, while those who claim to be worried are only worried about their taxes being raised.

6) Gun Control: puhleeze…

7) Immigration Reform: has never been a realistic possibility in this Congress.

8) Afghanistan and Pakistan: two failed states in a race to the Islamist bottom.

9) North Korea: Maybe the Chinese are slightly worried about massive refugee flows when the regime implodes, but otherwise there’s nothing there.

10) The “rebranding” of the Know Nothing Party: see Middle East peace.

Gorilla says: “All of these things distract us from the economy, which no one in DC cares about!”


A Big Story Getting No Attention

August 6th, 2013

Well, except in Japan, where it’s clear that there’s still no control over the radioactive leaks from Fukushima.

Gorilla says, “No, let’s not hear again how safe nuclear power can be, when this says it cannot be!”


Ex-Post Facto

August 6th, 2013

The Washington Post has been a crappy newspaper for more than 15 years.

Gorilla says: “It may be worth $250 million to a conman like Jeff Bezos, but to the rest of us it’s been worthless!”


Half-Hearted Irresponsibility

August 2nd, 2013

Japan keeps sending mixed messages:

1) The Bank of Japan promises quantitative easing until the inflation rate hits 2%.

2) The government of Japan promises extensive fiscal stimulus in line with QE.

3) The government then announces a very large sales tax hike, threatening economic growth.

Japan’s at least trying, whereas Europe and the US seemed paralyzed.

Unemployment is a disaster in the US (at the current rate of “job creation” it will only take another 7 years! to get back to full employment), and the Fed’s pronouncements lack clarity (are you or are you not committed to higher inflation until unemployment falls sufficiently? Then please say so, particularly when you’re missing the inflation target badly on the wrong side!) and in Europe they continue to await the arrival of the confidence fairy.

Gorilla says: “We need more irresponsibility and we need it now!!!”


RIP, Doghouse Riley

August 1st, 2013

One of the best bloggers on the Internet, he’ll be sorely missed!!!

Gorilla says, “Always entertained, always enlightened, that’s all any writer could ever hope to achieve!!!”


Bipartisanship Equals Another Lousy Bill

August 1st, 2013

This time for student loans, which prevents a temporary short-term doubling of the interest rate, but does nothing about the fundamental problem: getting the banks out of the business so students don’t start their working lives with heavy debt burdens.

The way to do this is to have the government make loans directly to students at government borrowing rates, which means around 1-2%. Eliminating the middle man means less corruption and fraud, and gives students a chance to pay the debt back in a reasonable period of time (say 30 years, the same as mortgages).

But that’s not something that can pass the Congress, which is wholly in hock to the bankers who made this mess possible.

Gorilla says: “Back to school to learn something about basic economics, leaders!!!”


Catching Up On Some News

July 31st, 2013

Manning verdict: not a surprise. The aiding the enemy charge was ridiculous (is the enemy a reader of the Times and the Guardian?). 10-15 years seems like the right sentence, but they’ll probably give him 50 years plus to show they can.

Fed Chair search: Larry Summers has been so wrong so many times about so many things, not to mention a thriving sexist on the Wall Street dole, so he shouldn’t be nominated. Janet Yellen seems like just the sort of competent professional Fednik you’d want, particularly after the disasters that were Greenspan and Bernanke.

Wall Street commodities manipulation: Quelle surprise!!! Until bankers have a well-founded fear that they will lose both all their personal assets and their freedom, we’ll continue to have this sort of crime disguised as arbitrage.

Pope can handle gays: So what? The criminal enterprise he runs remains deeply homophobic and misogynistic. Nice to care more about the poor, but not when you surround yourself with amoral pygmies whose anti-contraception campaigns have done as much as any government to keep people poor.

Failed state tour d’horizon: Egypt should be holding elections right away, and the US should be cutting off military aid until the military ceases to be the real power in the country. Iraq and Afghanistan look headed for civil war once we finally get out. Pakistan continues to disintegrate, and there’s not a lot we can do about it. A caliphate in Central Asia isn’t in our interests, but when has Central Asia ever been in our interests?

Middle East peace: Another sham round of talking about talking, to be followed by more illegal settlements and Hamas trying to get control of the West Bank. 65 years of this nonsense demonstrates clearly that the US has zero interest in whatever outcome the two sides don’t believe in.

Another summer and fall of watching the Know Nothing loons strut their stuff to the detriment of the country and the world.

Gorilla says: “At the moment, the snoozeometer is set on stun!”


It’s Not The Dickpicks, It’s The Breathtaking Arrogance

July 24th, 2013

When you assume, having been a jerk once, that you’ll never be caught again, and you are, there are only so many ways you can use your wife as a cheap prop.

Gorilla says: “Let us hear no more from this maroon ever again!”


No, We’re Not Going To War For Syria

July 23rd, 2013

Even the top idiot at the Pentagon recognizes that it’s just not on!

We have no clue about the Syrian opposition, no clue about taking out Assad, and absolutely no vital interests at stake.

So, let’s for once listen to the generals, who’ve been fighting pointless wars since 2001, and stop genuflecting before John McCain’s worthless asshole.

Gorilla says: “A mess is a mess, and we can’t clean this one up!”