Now this is amusing

It will be interesting to see how the rabid neocons, who have never heard of a military intervention they didn’t see as an urgent matter of U.S. national security, react to this call for a no-fly zone:

Arab League chief Amr Mussa said on Sunday the organisation will ask the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza, which Israel has pounded with air strikes in response to rocket fire. Mussa told an emergency meeting of Arab League ambassadors that “the Arab bloc in the United Nations has been directed to ask for the convention of the Security Council to stop the Israeli aggression on Gaza and impose a no-fly zone.”

I somehow suspect that those who have so vehemently demanded no-fly zones over Serbia, Iraq, and Libya will be a little less enthusiastic about shooting down Israeli planes. But given the way they used the United Nations to justify the military interventions they supported in the past, they’ll have little grounds for arguing against this one now that the UN has declared that the Palestinian institutions are ready for statehood.

The wealthy are not exempt

Overstuffed bank accounts and a broad panoply of investments are of little protection from those who have been screwed over and have nothing left to lose. The banksters believe they are immune from the Great Depression 2.0 by virtue of their ability to pay off their losses with taxpayer money, but justice has a way of being served one way or another:

A wealthy businessman was shot and killed on the doorstep of his country house by a gunman who was later found dead in a village churchyard. Ray Masters, 58, bled to death in front of his horrified family after being shot in the chest at point blank range.

The gunman, Michael Harper – who was last night described as a disgruntled business associate – then fled before turning his weapon on himself. Sources claimed that Mr Harper, 46, had lost his wife and home as a result of a financial dispute with Mr Masters. The private contractor had apparently done work for which he was owed a six-figure sum….

A builder who claims to have done work for Mr Masters said he is owed close to £100,000 and is taking legal action to recover the debt. He said: ‘There’s a list of people as long as your arm of people who have had dealings with him and come out badly.’ Another man said: ‘I’m not surprised by this. He has conned a lot of people. I went into business with him and he duped me too. And there’s dozens more like me.’

Wealthy individuals and corporations often think they can use the expense of the legal system to rip people off. However, the reality is that when legal means of recourse are denied, it is assured that at least some of those being screwed over will quite understandably resort to illegal means. How long will it be before a victim of the student loan scam seeks vengeance against a university president or a former homeowner was foreclosed by a bank that didn’t own the home metes out extra-legal justice to the CEO of a mortgage bank?

Unless I am wrong and the Federal Reserve can somehow pull an economic rabbit out of its hat, I suspect these sorts of vengeful acts will become alarmingly common in the near future. This and other unusual criminal actions are socionomic indicators that the so-called recovery is, in fact, nothing more than a statistical illusion.

The sinful triangle

In which Susan Walsh takes a weird little personality test. I took the same test and got the following result:

Thoughtful to the extreme, you are often obsessed with perfection and the rules governing your own personal interests. Your world is black and white. You love to work within a logical system, such as language, computer programming, or mathematics. Manipulating a system that can be completely understood is a distinct pleasure to you, because of your confidence in the underlying veracity of your belief system. Because of your appreciation for logic and order, those who speak or think in a sloppy manner are apt to generate more than their share of wrath. Although very amiable, you are not drawn to friendships out of a sense of personal need. You are just as happy by yourself with a good book or puzzle. Because you are so involved with thought, you will on occasion have difficulty dealing with the day-to-day problems of a normal life. Taking out the trash, doing the dishes, these are often left until the last possible moment, if at all.

Translation: INTJ. I expect this result will not be uncommon among the Dread Ilk.

The sacrificial frontrunner

The RINOs have cast Mitt Romney to play the conventional Dole/McCain role:

Mr Romney, a former Governor of Massachusetts, declared “it is time we put America back on a course of greatness”, as he launched an exploratory committee for a presidential run. The 64-year-old Mormon father of five was defeated by John McCain in the party’s primary in 2008. But he has emerged as the favourite in a thin Republican field for 2012.

Setting aside the problem of whether Captain Underoos is capable of commanding the loyalty of a party largely comprised of people who view Mormonism as an aberrant cult, Romney’s more serious weakness is that his single biggest political triumph is the passage of Obamacare before it was called Obamacare in Massachusetts. Romney’s nomination simply cannot be logically squared with the Tea Party-fueled electoral victory of 2010, which is why I conclude that he won’t be playing the Dole/McCain role for which he has been selected, he’ll be playing the Giuliani role instead.

Furthermore, in a nation increasingly riven by ethnic and religious differences, it is less and less acceptable to attempt representing people from one geographic place and religion with an individual from a different geographic place and religion. A party with its roots in the South and Midwest will have little interest in being represented by a former governor of Massachusetts, no matter how good his hair happens to be.

Frankly, even the corpse of Ron Paul would make for a far better president than Mitt Romney.