Friday, June 30, 2006

100 word stories

Hi! Kolek here.

I'm going to start posting my 100 word stories here on Saturdays,
even though my collaborators here hate them. I'm the boss,
So I'm gonna do it anyway.

Tomorrow I will post "The pie of peril", featuring my lame attempt
at irony, once Laurence Simon publishes it. By the way, it seems
he discovered this site a couple of days ago. Great detective work,
Laurence!

The "Eyes" poll can be seen here. Right now, I recieved 3 votes.
Unfortunately, Planet Z recieved no votes as of yet. I liked
the yellow visitor story. I go over and vote for them now; I didn't
vote yet.

Monday, June 26, 2006

New contributors

I, Kolek, have published all the posts up to this point,
but now I will introduce some fellow conspirators here
at the secret bunker called The Kolektive. They
will occaisionally post here according to their specialties.
*Gu the Alien
He will contribute articles on leftist conspiracies and culture,
and don't get annoyed at his strong ssss sounds, or he'll
come for you.
*Fat Guy
He'll contribute articles related to food and food politics.
He's hungry as a hippo and bigger too.
*Koodooziez
He likes to talk about video games and entertainment.
Not a very serious political conspirator here, unless
it's about Hillary's anti-game crusade.

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*Purple People Eater
A sports fanatic who, like Koodooziez, isn't serious politically.
He hates Gators fans. Like Koodooziez, he also hates
purple elves (think Warcraft). He won't be allowed to post here
much.

Anyway, don't bother looking for us, we're a mile under
ground. And if you do find us, don't expect to see daylight
again, unless through our many cameras trained on you
right now.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Dan Boylan idiocy

Recently I discussed Jerry Coffee's article (See Real Threats).
I agreed with parts of it, and disagreed on other parts, but
I kept it civil, since he's a good guy.

However, I won't bother being nice about Boylans article,
because his article is plain stupid.

I will disect and translate certain portions of his article.

"Last Thursday morning 41 United States senators said 'nay'
on a procedural motion that would have allowed the measure time
for debate and a vote on the Senate floor."
---Translation:
WAHHH!!!!

"All 41 of those senators were Republicans. All but three of them
represent red states, i.e., states that voted for President George W.
Bush last year."
---Translation
Republicans hate Hawaiians.

"And those Republicans have made the current Senate the most
ideological of modern times."
---WRONG.
Republicans give up too easily, it's the Dems who don't compromise.

" It is also a body unrepresentative of the nation. The United States
Senate represents male, Caucasian America."
---Conclusion:
We need Senate quotas!

"One black man serves there, Illinois’Barack Obama. Born and reared
in Hawaii, Obama voted to allow the Akaka Bill a full hearing."
---So What?

"Three members sport Hispanic surnames; two of them, both
Democrats, voted “aye” as well."
---Guess the other one hates Hawaiians.

"Only 14 women serve in the 100-member Senate; 12 of them voted
'aye,' including three of the 11 Republicans who supported hearing
the Akaka Bill."
---Let me guess: The other two are rascist republicans...

"The two Republican women who voted “nay,” Kay Bailey Hutchinson
and Elizabeth Dole, represent states of the old Confederacy, Texas
and North Carolina, respectively."
---Ha, I was right!

"The two Republican women who voted 'nay', Kay Bailey Hutchinson
and Elizabeth Dole, represent states of the old Confederacy, Texas and
North Carolina, respectively. Those states where some folks still refer
to the Civil War as 'the second war for American independence' rather
than the more accurate 'war to preserve the institution of chattel
slavery' provided 15 of the 41 votes to nix a hearing on the Akaka Bill."
--- Ahh, thats it! Republicans want Hawaiians to be slaves!

" In the course of the debate on the cloture vote on the bill,
Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander warned:
'[Warns against race based treatment]'. Treating Americans
differently based on race? Did I read that right?...And he’s never
heard a tale from a black man or woman of being 'treated
differently based on race'?"
---Translation:
Since rascist laws existed before, it's ok to make new ones!

" And 'one nation indivisible'? If an indigenous people in Hawaii
seek a degree of sovereignty, according to Alexander, they divide
the country. Yet in the past six years, while blocking a vote on the
Akaka Bill, Sen. Alexander and his Republican colleagues have
voted for three massive administration tax cuts that have
disproportionately benefited the nation’s rich."
---What the hell does that have to do with the Akaka bill?
Perhaps Boylan will enlighten us...

"The result has been the greatest disparity between rich and poor
in the United States since the 1920s and the gilded age of the last
quarter of the 19th century. Two nations, rich and poor, isn’t divisive?
You bet it is."
---Oh, thanks much Boylan. Same Leftist playbook.

"Then there’s the generational division. The Republican administrations
of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and his son took a $1 trillion
national debt and, in the short span of a quarter century, turned it into
$8.4 trillion national debt. Currently, the Republican president and
Congress are adding $1.75 billion a day to that debt."
---Of course, he conveniently leaves out the Democrats collaboration.

Sen. Alexander and his colleagues spend recklessly, and our children and
grandchildren will pay. That’s divisive too, far more divisive than the
Akaka Bill could ever be."
---Boylan's right, but that's nothing new. It began long before the
Republicans took control.

"And Hawaiians already know something about separation and the
'undermining of national unity.' With the arrival of Capt. James Cook in
1778, the dying began. In a little more than a century, Western diseases
took the Hawaiian population from 400,000 to less than 40,000."
---Wow, he seems to link the bill's rejection and desease!

"In the mid-19th century, the imposition of a Western system of private
property separated Hawaiians from their land. The theft was misnamed
the Great Mahele."
---This is a rather bad simplification of events. King Kamehameha III
"imposed" this "system" along with a constitution. It gave 30,000
acres to non-royal Hawaiians who applied. Some of the Hawaiians
then sold or gambled away the land. Before the Mahele, all the land
was owned by the Ali'i or royalty. Commoners did not own land.

"In 1893, a cabal of sugar barons, their minions, the American ministerin Honolulu, and sailors from a United States ship - with the tacit
approval of the Republican administration in Washington - overthrew
the Hawaiians’ queen."
---Boylan conveniently leaves out the many Hawaiians involved.
(Check out the book "Hawaiian Sovereignty: Do the facts matter?")

"Seven years later, the United States, during the administration of
Republican President William McKinley, annexed Hawaii."
---Aren't we better off today as a State? And voters later wanted
Hawaii to become a State 17-1. (See Wikipedia's entry )

" Those 41 Senate Republicans, who know so much about national
unity, are part of a long tradition of undermining Hawaiians."
---Where did the Republicans undermine Hawaiians? The
only thing I see referenced is the Akaka bill, and not all Hawaiians
want that. The Republicans did not overthrow the queen, and
in any case the queen did not represent all Hawaiians.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

The new B.S. Hanneman Rail

Penn and Teller would say one thing if they saw the new
"Light Rail" plan for Hawaii.

"Bullshit"

What ever happened to mayor Mufi Hanneman's promises of
no Harris style projects? The projected cost of The Rail is
3 billion. And you know it will cost three times that much.
It can't be just a conventional train, either. It has to be
a concrete megalith soaring 100 feet in the air.

Anyway, it's supposed to relieve traffic on the leeward and
Ewa side. Right. It only spans about 15 miles, from Kapolei
to UH Manoa. One question. Who's gonna ride it?

No ones going to give up their cars to ride it, and no one's
going to drive there to ride it. Would'nt another road
serve leeward residents better? And what does the rest
of the state get from this? They have to pay too.

They've already raised the GET tax to pay for it. Of course,
they set up three other options that they will summarily reject.

By the way, a private company some time ago offered to do it
without costing taxpayers anything, and they were ignored.
Now it will cost us at least 200 million per mile.

To think we got suckered into believing his "fiscal responsibility"
talk!

Hadji Girl

I don't understand why some groups (like CAIR) are so upset
about the Marine song Hadji Girl.

Actually, I do understand. The first sentence was just rhetorical.
Anyway, You can find the video at the CAIR site.

They've made the marine who did it apologize. That's really
unfortunate, he made a good song.

Perhaps someday I can buy it on itunes.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Real Threats

Today I read Jerry Coffee's Real Threats For U.S. Democracy
and thought I'd share my thoughts.

I will disect his column and comment on certain portions.

Coffee begins by quoting Scottish prof. Alexander Tyler,
who lived during the American Revolution.
* "'... A democracy will continue to exist up until the time
voters discover that they can vote themselves generous
gifts from the public treasury'"

--Actually, it is still a democracy, even after corruption
takes hold, but the important point to remember is
that the Federal government was not intended to be a
democracy. Democracy is mob rule, and is inherently
corrupt, or contains the seeds of corruption, from its
inception. Democracies inevitably leads to dictatorship,
of eithor the majority or of one, or of a few, men.

I agree with the rest of the quote, and with much of
the "sequence" of great civilizations. However, the
sequence is not perfect when applied to U.S. history.

Proffessor Tyler noted that the average age of the
world's greatest civilizations has been about 200
years. I don't know if he is right, but we will use
his figure for purposes of discussion.

One very important thing Coffee forgets near the end is
that our government has NOT been around for 220 years.
Well, on paper it has been, but the post-civil war
government is radically different from the earlier
version. The earlier version didn't have activist courts
making decisions because the States could nullify laws
or secede. That version encouraged compromise and lacked an
extensive government apparatus. This also kept the Feds in check,
before Lincoln took power. Our newer government has been
around for only about 140 years. We have 60 years left, folks.

I am also not as optimistic as Coffee. He says "Although
fiscal policy and 'Pork Barrel' spending remain[s]
problematic..." as if thats all thats wrong with the government.
It's the entire system thats the problem, not just a few
"problems". These problems cannot be overcome within the
boundaries of the current system. They are inevitable.
And as long as the system exists in it's current form,
these and many other problems must continue to compound.
It has expaned even under an all Republican government, and
will do so even faster under future legislatures and presidencies.

He also believes that the greatest threat to our longevity is
the Islamic Jihad, with which I disagree. They are certainly a
grave threat, but I do not think they are powerful enough to
affect the country's lifespan. Also, we have won every battle
in which we have engaged and are on the offensive, not to mention
that we haven't been hit by terrorism after 9/11. Conditions are
nowhere near as dangerous as WW2 or the war of 1812.

He says that 9/11 has interrupted our decline into complacency,
but I disagree. We are less complacent on the foreign scene, but
many are near apathetic here at home about domestic affairs.
Many others are interested in our internal affairs, but there is
something else to consider beyond mere apathy: ignorence.
Most Americans are ignorent of much of our history, especially
the Civil War, the Great Depression, and other significant periods.
They are pumped politically correct mush in our schools,
and even many conservatives don't understand our history and
basic economics.

Hurricane Katrina alerted some to the evils of government dependence,
but little has changed, except that the government will try to
outdo the previous year's relief efforts with more money. Few
has demanded an end to Fema, or big government. In fact, there
are many who demand more Federal intervention and aid.
And not just emergency relief, but general welfare and
Canada style "universal health care". Each social problem or
disaster ends with more government and dependence.

Coffee believes that we are just in the "abundance to complacency"
stage, but we are really in the dependence stage. As his article notes,
40% of the population is directly dependent on the government,
and this figure will increase. All of us have a forced relationship
with the central government, including taxes, regulations, myriad
laws, court fiats, education, contract interference,
and the slow withdrawal of constitutional rights.

In the last paragraph, he suggests that we extend "even futher"
our longetivity, although unfortunately he doesn't offer a way to do this.

Finally, he writes that "America is different. America is special".
That could be true, but that doesn't remove us from the fact that
the government is too big, or too centralized. Nor does it mean
that we are infallible. The main reason why we are different is
because we have a less intrusive government than other countries,
an advantage that we are quickly losing. Socialism and centralization
strikes down any country foolish enough to accept it, special or not.

Coffee's article is well done and thought provoking, and don't mistake
me, he's a good guy, but I figured I'd throw in my depressing two cents.

Friday, June 02, 2006

The myth of price gouging

With the upcoming hurricane season will come the
usual stories of gas retailers "gouging" consumers.
The media, like last year, will tell these stories
with tones of shock and outrage, even though
prices only reflect the value of the product,
set by supply and demand.

Economics do not go away during emergencies.
When gouging laws are enacted, they create the
very problems they are supposed to stop.

Every time there is a hurricane headed our way,
there are always gas shortages and clogged roadways,
but nobody ever wonders why.

Let's take a look at what happens without gouging laws.

When hurricane season comes along, gas speculating
would occur. Companies and individuals would buy
and save gasoline. This would accelerate as a hurricane
moves near. If the hurricane hits, and if the conditions
are right (i.e. mass evacuation), then the speculaters
stand to make a profit, and there would be more gasoline
to go around. The prices would still probrably be higher
than before, but less expensive than an illegal black
market of "gougers".

However, if no hurricane hits, or if the conditions aren't
right, then speculators may have to sell at a loss
(or no profit), or have to wait until next year.

Even if supplies were finite to the same degree as
when the law exists, gas would go to those who
need it or are willing to pay. In other words, instead of
useless rationing at regular prices (where do you go with
only a few gallons?) only those who must move and are
willing to pay high prices will pay. The market already
rations gasoline.

And what is gouging? Is it when the price is higher than
the previous week's prices, or the previous month's,
or the year's average? And when do prices constitute
gouging? 5 cents over the defined level? 10 cents,
or 50 cents or a couple bucks? Gouging is
impossible to define and arbitrary when tried.

Another point is when does an individual or company
have a right to own, buy or sell products?
Many would answer that during an emergency these
property rights should be limited.

But what defines an emergency? Hurricanes, tornadoes,
terrorist attacks, floods, toilet paper shortages?
Government defined emergencies are also arbitrary.

And finally, those who live in dense coastal areas and
do not evacuate or prepare early take the chance
that fuel and other commodities will be expensive
or in short supply. The mere fact that they choose
to live in such areas means that they are willing to
take such risks.



Welcome to the Kolektive!

Collectives were agricultural systems used by the Soviets.
Russian farmers were forced to labor on these vast farmlands
and recieved little in return. They recieved no profit or reward
for extra work or better quality products, thus they had no incentive
to do a good job. The Soviet Union was beset by food shortages
until it allowed private farm plots. Now proletarians had the ability
to sell food at market. Food production bloomed and farmers
became wealthier, and the whole Soviet carcass eventually made way
to a more market based economy.

In 90 words The Kolektive told the true story of Soviet collectives
to those leftists who believe Socialist paradises are heaven on earth.

I, Kolek, armed with the cold hard hand of reason, will continue
to dismantle other Leftist myths and lies.

I will also discuss video games and other topics
once I figure out more about Blogger.