The Ides of March

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312: M Judge: Jack Kerouac Would Vote for Mitt Romney

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Who exudes more simplicity, authenticity, naturalness, and earnestness–Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? Who is more cooly postcool? It’s Romney. Romney never superimposed a studied grittiness onto what has been a privileged background. He is what Lester Young and Miles Davis strove to be: themselves, despite what the dominant culture tells you to be. The worst thing Romney could possibly do is to try and loosen up and be what he is not. He needs to stay several miles away from Jon Stewart and David Letterman. Just consider Hollywood a lost cause.

In fact, Obama and Romney are both nerds who went to good schools. Romney used his connections to make money, whereas Obama denied his true self and created a phony new identity.  Obama, with his embrace of a 1960s black power struggle he was never a part of and his corny singing at the Apollo Theatre, is a fraud.  Romney is the one cool enough to not be ashamed about who he is. It’s not a stretch to say that Jack Kerouac may have even voted for him.

For more of Mark Judge’s article check out:  http://acculturated.com/jack-kerouac-would-vote-for-mitt-romney/


311: The Madden Brothers

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Good Charlotte is an American pop punk band from Waldorf, Maryland that formed in 1996. Since 1998, the band’s constant members have been lead vocalist Joel Madden, lead guitarist and back-up vocalist Benji Madden, bass guitarist Paul Thomas, and rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Billy Martin. Their latest drummer and percussionist isDean Butterworth, who has been a member of the band since 2005. The band has released five studio albums: Good Charlotte (2000), The Young and the Hopeless (2002),The Chronicles of Life and Death (2004), Good Morning Revival (2007), and Cardiology(2010) as well as two compilations: Greatest Remixes (2008) and Greatest Hits (2010).

Joel Rueben Madden (born Joel Rueben Combs; March 11, 1979) is an Americansingerrecord produceractorDJ, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, best known as the lead vocalist and front-man for the American pop punk band Good Charlotte.

Benji Madden (born Benjamin Levi Combs; March 11, 1979) is an American guitaristand backup vocalist for the band Good Charlotte, which he co-founded with his identical twin brother, Joel Madden.

313 n 314: Jamie Dimon Quoting Eintein

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Seems Mr. Dimon has a penchant for quoting Mr. Einstien:

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.


“In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.”


316: James Madison: Father of the U.S. Constitution

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James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751 (O.S. March 5)  – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman and political theorist, thefourth President of the United States (1809–1817). He is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for being instrumental in the drafting of the United States Constitution and as the key champion and author of the United States Bill of Rights.[2] He served as a politician much of his adult life.

311 Pope Begins Jesuit Training

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Bergoglio entered the Society of Jesus on 11 March 1958 and studied to become a priest at the Jesuit seminary in Villa Devoto. In 1960, Bergoglio obtained alicentiate in philosophy from the Colegio Máximo San José in San Miguel; in 1964 and 1965, he taught literature and psychology at the Colegio de la Inmaculada, a high school in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, and in 1966 he taught the same courses at the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires.[8]

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March 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm

313 Pope Francis Elected

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Francis (/ˈfrænsɨs//ˈfrɑːnsɪs/LatinFranciscus [franˈtʃiskus]; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio;[a] 17 December 1936) is the 266th and current pope of the Catholic Church, elected by the Papal conclave on 13 March 2013.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. In 1998 he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. He was elected pope following the resignation of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013. Bergoglio chose the name Francis (the first time a pope has taken that name) in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is both the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from theAmericas. He is also the first pope from outside Europe since Gregory III in the 8th century.

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March 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm

M BHADRAKUMAR on Korea and The Year of the Snake

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According to Melkulangara Bhadrakumar: Everything about North Korea has to be speculative. That has been and is still the main problem. But one speculation seems to be ending, finally. It concerns China’s apparent ambivalence about North Korea’s nuclear program. Increasingly, Beijing is coming out on the ‘right side of history’.

Which in turn would unleash a host of profound consequences for the security of the Asia-Pacific and global politics as a whole, and, most important, for the future of what China’s new leader Xi Jinping enigmatically alluded to – but left undefined – as his “two great powers” concept during his visit to the United States last year when he was still a mere ‘princeling’.

Indeed, as the ‘breaking news’ accrued out of the bits and pieces of information of an obscure earthquake in North Korea early on Tuesday and it dawned on the world that the hermit kingdom has probably conducted its third underground nuclear test, all eyes began turning to China. For China watchers on the whole this is a veritable feast for the mind – how the new leadership in China would cope with a major foreign policy challenge – the second challenge simultaneously, in fact, if one were to add the feud between China and Japan over the disputed islands in the East China Sea.

At the end of the day, it transpires that Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao kept voicing counsels of reason to Pyongyang but also kept the North Korean economy uninterruptedly supplied with food, fuel and investment and virtually kept the international community at bay by restraining its hands from imposing punitive sanctions. In effect, the impression becomes unavoidable that Hu shielded North Korea from international outcry and tacitly tolerated North Korea’s nuclear program.

Then came the long-range missile launch by North Korea in December and Beijing’s stunning decision to join the United States in backing the United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang. The conventional wisdom at that point was that China would soon afterward revert to its “default position” on North Korea, as it had done many a time in the past. The interesting thing, in retrospect, is that things didn’t exactly happen that way. On the contrary, when Pyongyang let go a fierce attack on Beijing for signing on to the US-led sanctions at the UN Security Council and it threatened with a nuclear test in the downstream, China began publicly ticking off North Korea – although limited to the English-language media that is meant for the consumption of the world opinion.

There is no question that the editorial in the state-owned Global Times newspaper last week penned by Zhang Liangui, a North Korea expert who advises the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee needs to be taken seriously. The editorial was predicated on the assumption that Pyongyang would go ahead with the nuclear test no matter what it takes, and looking at the downstream it warned that North Korea would “pay a heavy price” in terms of China’s goodwill. The salient of the editorial was its unambiguous warning that Pyongyang would be wrong to (mis)calculate that it can play China against the United States – “Pyongyang shouldn’t misread China. China won’t put its relations with Pyongyang above other strategic interests.”

Clearly, China’s political relationship with Pyongyang has touched a low point. But then, what about China’s longstanding priorities? These are: no war on the Korean Peninsula; no destabilization of the North Korean regime; and, a nuclear-weapon-free Korean Peninsula. China may balk but humanitarian considerations will remain and the long-term relationship cannot be abandoned just like that. Besides, North Korea has acted as a crucial buffer against the US troops based in South Korea and Japan. Furthermore, against the backdrop of the US’ rebalancing in Asia and China’s troubled relations with Japan, Beijing needs to hedge and it can, therefore, at best afford to press the ‘pause’ button at this point.

China also can ill afford to be distracted by another foreign policy crisis on its doorstep when the mounting domestic problems require great attention. Clearly, China finds itself between a rock and a hard place with the North Korean nuclear test. By a curious coincidence, the nuclear test took place even as the Year of the Snake slithers in. Snake years have historically had a geopolitical bite – Pearl Harbor (1941), Tiananmen Square massacre (1989), 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington (2011). By the way, Xi himself was born in the snake year of 1953.

To read Melkulangara Bhadrakumar’s article: “A Bomb in the Year of the Snake,” check out http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/02/14/a-bomb-in-the-year-of-the-snake.html