Thursday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. The kid picked last in sports considers athletics in the context of the Olympics.
  2. Praise of the engineer.
  3. What I call “lies” apparently is just post-modernism writ large.
  4. Conservatism and civic pluralism … a tension to resolve? My solution is empowering the local community to be different, with the caveat that the door remain unlocked.
  5. What faith isn’t … the “ability not to panic” might derive from Dostoevsky/Zizoulas’ notions of ontological freedom which in turn connects to faith. So is the sign wrong or right?
  6. Short answer, yes.
  7. The modern state.
  8. A book recommended.
  9. Here’s another.
  10. So, you wanna run?
  11. Deadlines and Afghanistan.
  12. 20% unemployment in a region with jobs aplenty.
  13. Paris and the Romany.
  14. Maximum pessimum.
  15. What’s missing is a digression into what single-action, double-action and the recoil driven double->single feature of the semi-automatic all mean. It’s not that complicated. A double action revolver means the pulling of the trigger cocks the hammer and then releases it. This takes significant force (a light trigger pull affects aim far less). This in turn lead to the double action revolver, in which cocking the hammer was separated, and pulling the trigger only released the sear (which takes far less force). A semi-automatic is just a double action pistol in which the recoil (after the first shot) cocks the hammer for the next shot (the recoil also chambers the next round).
  16. Hmm, that hits a little close to home.
  17. Chick-fil-A and charity … the largest chunk … toward a marriage counseling charity. Gosh, how outrageous.
  18. Unan

8 responses to “Thursday Highlights

  1. What I call “lies” apparently is just post-modernism writ large.

    Another case of bemoaning Obama lies without actually bothering to identify any lies.

    Take a case in point:

    Take World War II — the old war that supposedly proves that victory is now an obsolete term, since, as Obama explained, Japanese Emperor Hirohito capitulated to General MacArthur, apparently on the deck of the Missouri

    This is in reference to a question Obama asked about what victory would look like in the war on terror and he responded it would probably not look like WWII with the Emperor signing papers of surrender on the deck of the Missouri.

    Such a response is not postmodern in the sense that facts are relative and it isn’t a lie in the sense that Mark has previously defined a lie, a purposeful assertion of something that is known to be false. Such a response is what you get from an educated mind. It’s quite easy to think the Emperor did capitulate to MacArthur. After all there’s that famous picture of the Japanese man in the top hat dressed to the 9’s on the deck of the Missouri. Yea he was the Prime Minister, no the Emperor but even during WWII most people knew that Japan was run by the Emperor just as Hitler was running Germany.

    Of course this is an example of the errors one is prone to make when they are well informed and widely read. The person who is quite ignorant of WWII might only know the US won it. They would never make the above error because they would have never encountered the famous picture to begin with. Ignorance is, I suppose, a type of bliss. I’m not sure you want to be encouraging it, though.

  2. Boonton,
    This reference to Hirohito is also alongside lots of fictions included in his “autobiographies”, the which have been documented elsewhere in great detail. Take a “case in point” such as the job Mr Obama supposedly … which physical location and job description that he could possibly have held don’t match at all the company for which he worked.

    I’m not sure you want to be encouraging it, though.

    How, exactly, am I encouraging it?

  3. Now your mixing and matching apples and oranges. Was Obama rewriting the history of WWII or simply making an error that is probably very common among those who have a good but not expert historical knowledge of WWII?

    Again recall your definition of lie as it came up when Bush was president. A lie must not only be an untruth but must be said with the intent of the speaker to advance an untruth knowingly.

    Since you provided no specifics about the company as it appeared in his autobiography and what you think the truth of the company really was we can’t look at that in any detail.

    How, exactly, am I encouraging it?

    As I pointed out the way to avoid making errors like this about WWII (and many other topics) is simply to be totally ignorant of the topic. The yoyo who knows nothing about WWII other than a vague idea that ‘we won’ would never had made that error. Yet he probably would have been unable to draw any useful lessons about WWII’s victory and why other victories in other wars may not be expected to look like that.

  4. BTW, I haven’t read Dreams of My Father but before you go off on a rampage quoting it take a note of this paragraph from Wikipedia’s article on it:

    With the exception of family members and a handful of public figures, Barack Obama is open in the preface about using changed names for privacy reasons and composite characters to expedite the narrative flow.[11] Some of the characters have publicly admitted their real names and various researchers have made suggestions to some characters’ real names:

    Before you start quoting anti-Obama spam make a check to ensure it’s not just neglecting to incorporate the warning Obama issued at the beginning of the book.

  5. What faith isn’t

    I prefer Twain’s “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”

  6. JA,
    Odd that works only for people who don’t have it. You’d think that it might occur to them that they’re operating under the wrong premises.

  7. Boonton,

    Before you start quoting anti-Obama spam make a check to ensure it’s not just neglecting to incorporate the warning Obama issued at the beginning of the book.

    We’re good there, I deem. The linked essay isn’t about composite acquaintances.

    As I pointed out the way to avoid making errors like this about WWII (and many other topics) is simply to be totally ignorant of the topic.

    Failure of imagination. These aren’t off the cuff remarks, but prepared speeches (right?). He has a staff and Google exists.

    But no, I’ll agree if he didn’t know it wasn’t a lie.

  8. Failure of imagination. These aren’t off the cuff remarks, but prepared speeches (right?). He has a staff and Google exists.

    I believe the WWII statement was in a response to a question in an interview, not a prepared speech.

    At this point is Mark just a liar or is he a postmodern blogger complaining, in a very postmodern fashion, about postmodernism? Judge not least ye be judged my friend
    !

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