Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hussein Obama and Robinette Biden '08


So just a question for you... how does the campaign of Hope-N-Change and Change-N-Hope and Hopeful Change and Changing Hope reconcile its awe inspiringly deep, thought out, and integrated theme of change (and hope) with a 66 year old white male who spent the past 35 years in the U.S. senate?

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Did you guess?

Simple, they just rebrand. Hope and Change no longer working, no problem, We Are All Imperfect, so lets go with "Hope and Experience".... yeah, yeah, that's the ticket. Hope-N-Experience, Experience-N-Hope, Hopeful Experience and Experienced Hope. Cool, still just two words, both of which can combined and repeated in infinite combinations ad nauseum. Thus, still no reason to tell the world they have no ideas, and the things that they do believe are pretty bloody crappy.

In conversations with friends on Obama and the next four years, comparisons with Jimmy Carter and the 70's keep coming up. But there are almost an equal number and infinitely scarier comparisons to be made with FDR and the 30's. I am speaking here primarily of FDR's mottos.. Let's do something, anything. Experiment. If it doesn't work, we can try something else, i.e., the empty bromides that lead to, deepened, and lengthened the Great Depression.

Good times ahead!

Symbolism


Recently Little Green Footballs made an interesting observation. If you browse to a page that doesn't exist on Barrack Hussein Obama's website, i.e., http://www.barackobama.com/learn/freedom.php you will be greeted with this image:

Little Green Footballs throws out a nice succint two line response, "Notice that the magnifying glass is trained on the American flag part of Obama’s logo. Rich with symbolism."

Upon reading LFG's response, I proceeded to write a post eviscerating Obama and his foreign policy. But after finishing, I took another look at the logo and some other images on the Obama website, and now I'm rather torn. If you look at the magnifying glass next to "Find Events" on the right hand side navigation, you can clearly see the magnifying glass is over the Obama logo, not the American Flag. But in the "We Are All Imperfect" image it seem like it is an altered Obama logo. This could be caused by poorly resizing the image, or it could be to purposely blur the logo with the American flag.

So I now feel that my original post on this subject may not be accurate. I will thus simply respond to the statemnent "We are all imperfect"....

Really? By what standard? By a rational standard of ethics -- where the highest ideal is life, success and happiness here own earth -- I, The Aesthetic Capitalist, am doing a damn fine job. If by being perfect you mean you have to live by some Christian ideal of sacrificing your life and values to every person who has his hand out, then yes anything less than complete sacrifice (i.e. death) is imperfect.

And because my original post may still be accurate, I will not throw away some good writing on what type of foreign policy America needs:

To say "We Are All Imperfect" and then to put the corner of the American flag "under the microscope" is down right evil. Hussein Obama is running for the president of the greatest country in the world. Yes, there are many things wrong with our country, but at this juncture the thing most wrong with our country is not microscopic. Islamic terrorists have been actively killing Americans for over 20 years and are still plotting to destroy the U.S., Israel and the West.

The microscopic view of America is that at our core -- our constitution, our system, our history -- is gold. What we need is a president that is going to tell us that we are better and morally superior to Islamic terrorists, European liberals, Asian dictatorships, and African tribes. What we need is a president who is willing to flatten the Middle East and stand up to the rest of the world in order to defend and protect the greatest country in history. Damn shame, this is not one of our options.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Breathtaking


Many years ago, I had a friend who was an architect major. He and I used to relish discussing some of his crazier ideas. One of my favorties was that of hanging a house over the edge of cliff -- so that the lower floors would be attached to the side of the cliff.

I have always been surprised that no one else had considered this idea, much less made it real.

I love that Mr. Bryan Larsen has finally created a visual representation of an actual cliff house. And needless to say, Larsen's cliff house is much better than what has been in my head for the past 15 years.



Thursday, August 21, 2008

In Defense of Bankers, Money Changers and Speculators


Last Fall, The Objective Standard, published an article by Yaron Brook entitled, The Morality of Moneylending: A Short History. When I write about defending capitalism with philosophy, this is the type of thing I have in mind.

History and Economics have proven for the past two hundred years that capitalism is the most productive social system the world has ever known. And even though we live in the country that came the closest to being a capitalist society, American's have either not accepted or not understood the moral defense of capitalism.

Articles such as Dr. Brook's are our best chance at reclaiming the success and spirit that built this country. We do not need hope and change, we need philosophy and freedom. When Aristotle, Frédéric Bastiat, Jean Baptise Say and Ayn Rand are revered by America, we will have change worth believing in.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Astaire & Rogers


3-Ring Binder's post today on Columbus Day reminded of a gem I want to share.

There are a number of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers movies and pieces that I love, but this one is held a little closer to the heart than others:

A Fine Romance from Swing Time



Monday, August 18, 2008

Olympics: the Good and the Bad


Skipping most of the opening ceremony for aesthetic and philosophic reasons, authoritarianism doesn't look good not matter how much money you throw at it, I have been thoroughly enjoying the Olympics this year. I have so many new heroes: Michael Phelps, Dara Torres, Ryan Lochte, Jason Lezak, Allyson Felix, Walter Dix, and Usain Bolt

But even though I am more excited about Olympics than I have been since I was a kid, I have been surprised and somewhat disheartened in seeing how bad China still is. Not the poverty, that's a non-essential; not the smog in Beijing, that's as much of a by-product of early steps into industrialization as it is an effect of a major city being surrounded by mountains -- think LA or Salt Lake City; no, what is shocking is how short of a leash the government still has on its people.

Unlike some have written, I do not think that avoiding the Olympics is a proper stance, unless you just don't enjoy watching good people push themselves to their limits to accomplish goals that have held and worked for, for years.

However, having seen all that was shown and discussed about China, I am no longer optimistic about China finding their way out of their 3,000 year history of collectivism. If America, England, Australia, Italy and the rest of Western World were great uncompromising examples and defenders of Capitalism and Individualism, I think China and Russia would have to and would gladly embrace Western ideals and would do the necessary work to understand these ideals.

Understanding the mess we are making of America and we have only only 2,000 years of Christianity diluted by Aristotle and Aquinas, I can't see anything good coming out of China for quite some time. In fact I now think it is more likely it going to get worse for China and sooner rather than later.

We have Aristotle, Aquinas, Locke, the founding fathers and Ayn Rand. China has 3,000 years of believing that the collectivism is God and the West offering Christianity as the antidote. If I have to fight from somewhere, I am sticking with good old U.S. of A.

Here are a couple of good blog posts on this subject:

China's Grand Olympic Charade

China, Collectivism, and the Olympic Opening Ceremonies

Art of the Day


When I added my new tag line yesterday, I instantly saw the next art piece I must show.

The Weight of the World: Atlas in a New Age
Damon-A. H. Denys


I love the simplicity of this piece. The three elements of the man the world and the window/view are put together in such a way... his pose, his look, the size of the world, the color of the sky, the shirt and tie, the style, the light all integrated to eloquently portray the artist's theme, the painting's title, and a universe of ideas.

One philosophy, America's current, gives us Jesus on the cross -- while another, America's future, gives us art and inspiration like this.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pro-life vs Pro-Choice


For over thirty years America has been debating the morality and legality of abortion. One of things that has always bothered me about this debate are the terms used to define the two sides: 'pro-life' and 'pro-choice'

For as long as I can remember, I have been pro-abortion and thus 'pro-choice'. But the terms imply an invalid choice, a false-dichotomy. Yes, I am pro-life; I love my life and I want others to value theirs as well. But I also understand that what makes my life a value is the fact that I can choose my ideas and my actions. To not simultaneously fight for both my freedom of thought and my freedom of action is to make both irrelevant.

Last night at the Faith Forum, both candidates were declaring that they were pro-life. What is ironic about this is that both of these man are two of the most statist, anti-choice, anti-man candidates we have seen in thirty years.

Again it would be fantastic if we could get religion out of politics but for now I will settle for calling a spade a spade: McCain and Hussein Obama are both pro-death. They each agree with the essential idea that 'we the people' do not have a right to choose what we believe or don't believe. We do not have the right to choose what we do with our own bodies. And the government has the right to say, starting at conception in McCain's case and in the "late stages of pregnancy" in Obama's case that our bodies belong first and foremost to the government.

I used to own a button that said "Keep your religion off my body". I loved that little button.

Ari Armstrong has posted several interesting items on his blog the past week about abortion:

God: The Ultimate Abortionist

More Anti-Abortion Insanity

Army of God

How to Think Like an Apologist

Apply Philosophy to Life also has a recent article on this subject:
Abortion, Female Foeticide and Rights

Art of the Day





Rachel
By Dean Adams


This piece has always held a special place in my heart, because the style of this girl face, the sparkle in her eyes, the hair across her face are so quintessentially American.

I keep hoping the artist will do more like this.