Mental Capacity?

Discussing the GOP's lack of initiative regarding immigration reform, someone recently said that if Republican's don't move on it soon it'll be because "they have real problems with their mental capacity." Comments like this are a dime (penny) a dozen (a thousand, really) on forums and blog threads all over the inter-web. The only reason I bring it up here is because this didn't come from some disgruntled elderly and staunch Democrat who just discovered how to email or the youthful ramblings of some 20-something liberal who knows it all.


Impotent (No) Labels

I already wrote about how the "No Labels" campaign is just a "new" label for political (mostly Democrat) centrists as opposed to an effort to bring people of opposite ideologies together towards a more constructive dialog - a much more noble goal in my opinion. I'm glad to hear in the news, from even the likes of Rush Limbaugh, that No Label's isn't fooling anyone.

The Financial Times yesterday said it well:


Santa's workshop spikes productivity 2010

Let's just say I made out like a bandit this year...

Damn my generous friends and family and my conspiratorial wife for being so embarrassingly amazing. At 24, I shouldn't feel like a child on Christmas morning.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!


On Julian Assange (and Wikileaks)

So, I've had some time to digest the Cablegate scandal. There's certainly a lot to mull over. I don't condemn or applaud Assange. I like his dry sense of humor and agree with some of his politics, but I also think he's immature and misguided. I don't pretend to know whether or not he actually committed violent sexual attacks on two Swedish women but they deserve retribution.

The conclusion that I've come to is that discussions about the morality and legitimacy of Julian Assange's actions are unproductive and irrelevant. Whether you love him or hate him - it's a matter for the courts to decide if he's due punishment. He should face justice, but there is a difference between justice and politically motivated persecution.

What is more important to me is the substance of the information released and the manner in which our government has responded. Many people on both the left and right sides of the political spectrum have long feared the rise of authoritarianism and see it manifested in our own government. Both the right and the left will point to different evidence and blame the other side, of course.


Happy Christmas

Today marks the anniversary of John Lennon's death who left the world at the far too young age of 40. We're in the Christmas season so enjoy...

Tea Party vs. Julian Assange

Tea Party leader Judson Phillips has publicly stated how he believes Julian Assange should be executed for his role in the release of hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic cables.

Conservatives in general have historically viewed secrecy as a weapon of Big Government and a threat to democracy. Instead of embracing the media revelations of what their government is up to, even Fox News pundits Bill O’Reilly (via youtube) and Rush Limbaugh (via youtube) condemn Wikileaks.

The Tea Party is well understood as an anti-establishment political movement. Assange has described himself as a market-Libertarian. The Tea Party is flagrantly infatuated with the Constitution to the point of elevating it to religious dogma while Wikileaks is an active agent in exercising freedom of speech, a most basic and obvious constitutional right. There’s a lot in common between them. Julian Assange fancies himself the biggest threat to authoritarian regimes and Tea Party activists also regard the US government as an unnecessary bureaucratic giant, and an abuser of people’s rights. The question is - why do they want to kill the man who proves it?


More on Wikileaks and sloppy blogging

In the interest of time - of which I have very little right now - I'm just going to post a couple of links. This first one is a great essay that dissects an essay by Julian Assange talking about why he does what he's doing and how most in the media just don't get it.

Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy; “To destroy this invisible government”

This next one I haven't even read yet, but it's relevant and I infer from the first couple of paragraphs that it will be pretty interesting. Hopefully I'll get some time to offer some insightful commentary on the matter (oh and actually read the second one) and by the time I do, we'll both be up to speed on these to discuss!

Why Wikileaks Matters via UTNE Reader

I haven't yet developed an opinion about Assange and his endeavors, but the more I read, the more I'm impressed and inspired. I appreciate how he values truth and wonder if he's influenced by some of Gandhi's writing.