Anti-republican Republicans

Keep this Kentucky Senate in mind the next time the Republican Party asks you for money to stop the growth of government. Because they don’t mean it. Not even a little. And they never have:

The prospect of a Paul victory scares some Republicans. Former Vice President Dick Cheney endorsed Mr. Grayson last month after conservatives in Washington circulated an e-mail message about what they called Dr. Paul’s “troubling” views on national security. Mr. Grayson’s supporters note that Dr. Paul once argued for closing the detention center at Guantánamo Bay and that he said detainees who cannot be convicted should be sent back to Afghanistan….

Mr. Grayson argues that some of Dr. Paul’s ideas (getting rid of the Departments of Energy, Education and Commerce) are too “weird” for Kentucky. And in increasingly sharp ads, he argues that Dr. Paul is downright dangerous when it comes to foreign policy. “Here’s a guy who is outside of the Republican mainstream,” Mr. Grayson said in an interview here.

Given the disaster that mainstream Republicans proved themselves to be from 2000 to 2006, to say nothing of the Banking Bailout of 2008 that was orchestrated by mainstream Republicans, one would logically conclude that being outside of the Republican mainstream is exactly what is required for both Kentucky and the nation. And needless to say, “troubling views” means nothing more than a refusal to endorse the Imperial America approach to foreign policy.

There is nothing conservative about Imperial America or its self-styled conservative advocates. Nor is it possible to support the Iraqi and Afghanistan occupations while simultaneously claiming to support small and limited government.

Technofascism part III

You can’t say I didn’t warn you about Apple’s ideological evil. Adobe’s Flash Blogger goes off:

By now you have surely heard about the new iPhone 4.0 SDK language that appears to make creating applications in any non-Apple-approved languages a violation of terms. Obviously Adobe is looking into this wording carefully so I will not comment any further until there is an official conclusion.

[Sentence regarding Apple’s intentions redacted at request from Adobe]. This has nothing to do whatsoever with bringing the Flash player to Apple’s devices. That is a separate discussion entirely. What they are saying is that they won’t allow applications onto their marketplace solely because of what language was originally used to create them. This is a frightening move that has no rational defense other than wanting tyrannical control over developers and more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe….

Speaking purely for myself, I would look to make it clear what is going through my mind at the moment. Go screw yourself Apple.

Now, I disdain Apple products anyhow, since I despise their attempt to exert control over the way their users are permitted to use their hardware. I don’t develop for them except as an afterthought since it’s neither my business nor my concern what hardware and software any of our users happen to use; that’s why we will soon have hundreds of custom modes available for download that are designed specifically for whatever bizarre purpose our users have in mind. But if I was an Apple software developer, I would have to be very inexperienced indeed not to see the writing on the wall. Apple is now a console system, not a PC, so it won’t be long before they are imitating Nintendo and charging the developer a larger share per unit for the right to sell something developed for their platform than the developer makes himself.

NB: Before you leap to the wrong conclusion, I am most certainly NOT a fan of Flash. I think it is a very effective way to ruin the utility of a useful website and have it turned off in Firefox by default. But that doesn’t excuse Apple’s actions here.