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How do you solve a problem like N. Korea?

by Greg Krehbiel on 22 December 2014

I do not envy the president the choices he has to make about the lunatics in Pyongyang. I hope he gets lots of rest and Vitamin D during his time in Hawaii so he can think this through. And I hope he’ll be listening to military and foreign policy experts and not to Valerie Jarrett.

Here are some of the messes he has to navigate — all in the context of a nuclear-armed country run by unstable people.

  • China is North Korea’s sponsor.
  • North Korea would love to find an excuse to take over South Korea.
  • If we unleash our cyber war capabilities to deal with this problem, that will tip our hand to other potential enemies.
  • It might not be possible to be entirely sure who was behind the Sony hack.
  • Any effort to restrict web traffic to protect U.S. interests will be demogogued mercilessly by the “information must be free” anarchists.

Cyber warfare is the new frontier, and President Obama has an opportunity to make a name for himself — either by responding well, or by responding foolishly. I make no secret about the fact that I am no fan of his, but I wish him all the best of luck with this one.

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-22  ::  Greg Krehbiel

The year in feminism

by Greg Krehbiel on 22 December 2014

This is pretty funny.

Top 10 feminist fiascoes of 2014

Feminism has become a ridiculous parody of human thought.

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-22  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Government control of … what?

by Greg Krehbiel on 22 December 2014

We need a new -ism to designate government control of the media.

Obama: Sony Should Have Talked To Him Before Pulling ‘The Interview’

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-22  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Maybe pandering doesn’t make peace

by Greg Krehbiel on 21 December 2014

If only we had a black president, race relations would be so much better. If only we had a president who grew up overseas, maybe other countries would love us. If only we had a president who spent most of his life as a Muslim, maybe the lunatics in the Middle East would love us.

Or maybe none of those things are relevant at all.

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-21  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Cynical politicians and a naive public

by Greg Krehbiel on 19 December 2014

The right likes to complain that Obama has been doing too much stuff on his own. He seems to have, they say, a “my way or the highway” style and has been trampling on the separation of powers by doing things through executive action without consulting Congress.

The Obama cheerleading squad (which includes most of the media) point to things like this, which purport to show that Obama has actually issued fewer executive orders than his predecessors. See Every President’s Executive Orders In One Chart

In reality Obama has been far more “active” than any president in a very long time, and has simply issued his imperial decrees under a different name. He calls them “memoranda.”

This allows him to do more “executive actions” while at the same time claiming that he’s issued fewer “executive orders” than previous presidents. Because he has … technically. He’s just done the same thing under a different name.

It’s like an alcoholic saying that he’s cut down on his beer drinking, but fails to tell you he’s been drinking more whiskey. It’s true, but designed to mislead.

This is an incredibly cynical move by the Obama administration, and it shows a few important things.

First, it shows that Obama is a clever, cynical schemer.

Second, it shows that the media hasn’t been doing its job, because this has been going on for a long time and it’s only now coming out.

Third, it shows that the left is more than willing to latch on to convenient lies.

This story is from last week, I think. I’m posting it now because I noticed (in some comments on Facebook) that some people are still unaware of this nonsense and still parrot the “Obama has issued fewer executive orders than his predecessors” line.

It would be nice to believe that once something has been refuted it would disappear from the cultural lexicon, but I know that’s not the case. I used to dabble in disputes that have been going on for hundreds of years, and the same misrepresentations that were common in the 16th century are going on today. It’s very discouraging and makes you despair for humanity, but … such is life.

-- 1 comment  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-19  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Does “digital native” = female?

by Greg Krehbiel on 19 December 2014

A “digital native” is someone who grew up with technology, while a “digital immigrant” is a person who grew up without it but has learned to use it.

I was reading about “digital natives” because there’s a lot of talk about how they’re affecting publishing, which is what I do for a living. A chart on the personality differences between digital natives and immigrants grabbed my attention.

Regular readers know that I dislike personality profile stuff (like Myers Briggs) but believe in personality differences between the sexes. That may bias my view of this chart, but my immediate reaction was that “digital immigrant” sounds more masculine and “digital native” sounds more feminine. It’s not a perfect match, but it does seem to skew heavily that way.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

If my suspicion is right, is it possible that the digital revolution itself is alienating men?

-- 8 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-19  ::  Greg Krehbiel

It’s all about the indoctrination

by Greg Krehbiel on 18 December 2014

It often seems that the over-arching mission of our education system is to indoctrinate students into left-leaning attitudes about the world. This is why many people do not want to send their children to government-run schools.

But if you think it’s safe to send your kids to a religious school, think again. The liberal indoctrination can be just as bad, as this story indicates.

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-18  ::  Greg Krehbiel

“I’m looking forward to a conversation with Congress about what I’ve already done”

by Greg Krehbiel on 18 December 2014

I don’t know all the details, but I think it’s probably past time to normalize relations with Cuba. We have relations with far worse countries, and the cold war is over. I could be very wrong about this, but I suspect that Obama is basically doing the right thing.

But as so often happens with this guy, he’s going about it the wrong way. The man seems to think he’s the emperor.

A relevant quote.

Senator Barack Obama, 2008: “The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.”

-- 2 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-18  ::  Greg Krehbiel

The hidden agenda of “yes means yes”

by Greg Krehbiel on 17 December 2014

I’m sure you thought that California’s “yes means yes” law was simply another example of feminism detaching itself from reality. In fact, it’s a shrewd move on the part of California wine growers.

Under the “yes means yes” standards, having a drink or two can make you “too drunk to consent.” Most people read that and assume the feminazi agenda — i.e., if the woman has had a drink or two then she can retroactively cry rape because she realizes — the next day — that she was impaired, therefore she couldn’t give consent, therefore she was raped.

But this cuts both ways. The man was too drunk to give consent as well. So if the woman can retroactively cry rape, so can the man. If either party claims rape, the other can as well. Mutually assured destruction.

Therefore, the only logical thing to do is to always have a glass of wine first, and that’s why “yes means yes” is not the feminazi horror story you thought it was. It’s a clever marketing ploy from the vineyards.

-- 1 comment  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-17  ::  Greg Krehbiel

It’s the “ordinary people” who follow the crowd. Extremists think for themselves.

by Greg Krehbiel on 17 December 2014

The common wisdom is that people with extreme beliefs are — to quote a famous Washington Post article in a similar context — “easily led.” They’re mindless automatons who get their brains filled by charismatic leaders who tell them what to think.

At least that’s how the elite and the “normal” people like to paint it. They are the ones who think for themselves, but all those “extremists” are led around by the nose. The ignorant, unthinking rubes!

I’ve never found that to match with my experience. Every “extremist” I’ve known has been better versed in the issues and has a more well-considered position than the non-extremists.

The extremist may be a loon, but he’s not ignorant, and he knows why he believes his perspective.

“Normal” people, on the other hand, don’t have time to think about issues, so they just absorb what they consider to be the standard explanation. They don’t want people to giggle about them behind their back at the Christmas party, so they adopt the politically correct, safe position. It really doesn’t matter if that position is true or not, or if there are good reasons for believing it. What matters is that it’s “what everybody thinks.”

IOW, it’s the normal people who are being led by the nose by the propagandists.

A new study seems to bear that out.

-- 2 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-17  ::  Greg Krehbiel

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