Uphill Battles on Integration

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050512/news_1n1…,” by Jerry Kammer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2005, http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050512/news_1n12immig.html (from Democratic Underground).

Trade Pact on Slippery Slope,” by Edwin Chen, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2005, http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cafta12may12,0,3224235.story?coll=la-home-headlines (from Democratic Underground).

The fight continues for North American integration

Senators Kennedy and McCain are trying to liberalize movement of people

Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate will introduce legislation today that could grant legal status to an estimated 10 million to 12 million illegal immigrants now in the United States.

The bills, which would dwarf previous programs to provide legal status to foreign workers, would give illegal immigrants work permits and the opportunity to apply for permanent residence and eventually citizenship once they pay a fine and fees.

The sponsors have scheduled a news conference today to kick off a publicity campaign. It will be coordinated with immigrant advocates and church groups as well as business and farming organizations that want to stabilize their work forces.

Flake said the bills seek to bring immigration law in line with job markets that have become increasingly dependent on illegal immigrants because legal workers aren’t filling the jobs.

While Bush fights for liberalization of goods and capital in Central America (CAFTA)

President Bush will pursue his top trade initiative today as he welcomes six Latin American leaders to the White House, but the trade agreement Bush seeks faces serious trouble in Congress and could be defeated by his fellow Republicans.

With showdown votes just weeks away, the Central American Free Trade Agreement still lacks majority support in the Senate and the House, with a near-solid phalanx of Democrats lined up in opposition and key Republicans in open revolt.

The battle over CAFTA, as the agreement is known, illustrates the crosscurrents that swirl through Congress whenever a major trade issue surfaces, as local political imperatives often trump party loyalty. The trade controversy also underscores the pitfalls of Bush’s strategy of relying on his slim majorities in Congress to enact a Republican agenda.

Let’s hope they pass.


One North America!

Update: Dick Morris implies CAFTA is an Isolation attack on the Democrat Party . Another use of PISSR in 4th Generation Politics.

Network Politics, Part 3, 1GW / 4GW: George Soros

Note: This is a selection from Network Politics, a tdaxp series.


Let the Political Wars Begin,” by Richard Bond, Washington Times, 12 May 2005, http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20050511-085135-5927r.htm (Real Clear Politics).

Disclaimer: I generally admire George Soros. His Open Society Foundation and other groups have done real good in Georgia, Ukraine, and other countries. They continue peacefully organize people in Belarus, Uzbekistan, and other dictatorships. There’s a lot of conspiracy theories about Mr. Soros that are not true. Nonetheless, he is active political in the United States, and I believe his actions are explainable under Generational Network Struggle Theory and PISRR.

That said

Prolog: Two Separate Networks

The Soros Network (Sorosnet) is a fourth generation political movement dedicated to peacefully seizing the U.S. government and using executive, legislative, and judicial powers to enact its laws. Sorosnet is glued together through an ideological drive. At the same time, the Democrat Party (Demnet) is a first generation political movement dedicated to enacting the will of its leaders will building loyalty on a system of patrimony.

Sorosnet and Democrat Party: Two Separate Networks

Penetrate: Sorosnet Links With Demnet

The financial chieftains of the far-left of the Democratic Party met recently to discuss ways to win back the majority of American voters.

The elite group, comprised of several dozen millionaires, dubbed itself the “Phoenix Group,” and is led by billionaire George Soros. Details of the group’s deliberations were closely guarded, but reports indicate that the liberal financiers plan to fund multiple left-of-center groups in order to formulate a “new” party message.

This news ought to chill the hearts of loyal Democrats, in particular party moderates, in light of recent activity by one of the groups the millionaires have funded. Criticism of a centrist member of the Democratic leadership by MoveOn.org, recipient of $2.5 million from Mr. Soros in 2004, can be seen as the opening shot in an internal war that could cripple or even break apart the Democratic Party

Sorosnet supports MoveOn and related groups that surge into the Democrat primary and general elections. MoveOn support builds up preferred spokesmen like Michael Moore and tacitly endorses candidates that position themselves as radical (Howard Dead, Wes Clarke, etc.). Sorosnet penetration builds during the general election to all manner of propaganda

Sorosnet Peacefully Links With Demnet

Isolate: Sorosnet Attacks Hostile Democrat Nodes

MoveOn.org’s target was House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, one of 73 Democrats who supported bankruptcy-reform legislation. Mr. Hoyer, a 25- year congressional veteran, was the target of a critical $100,000 radio campaign funded by MoveOn.org as punishment for his vote to reform bankruptcy laws.

Mr. Hoyer is not the only Democrat to incur MoveOn.org’s wrath. The group’s director recently attacked the centrist Democrat Leadership Council (DLC) founded by then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton. The DLC’s leader fired back that Democrats should reject Michael Moore and the MoveOn.org crowd.

Combining the First and Second stages of Fourth Generation Politics, Sorosnet begins altering Demnet through node takedown and network contestment. Maintaining a fast tempo of operations, Sorosnet constantly gets inside the Demnet decision (“Observe-Orient-Decide-Act,” or “OODA”) loop. The goals of Isolation attacks are to highlight the power and attractiveness of Sorosnet, the weakness and decadence of Demnet, as well as gaining network power.

Sorosnet Targets Demnet Node
Attack Successful: Victim Node Now Isolated From Friends

Subvert: Sorosnet Infests Demnet

While Mr. Hoyer is impregnable politically, winning with 69 percent of the vote in his last election, the message MoveOn.org is sending is clear: Bipartisan cooperation is unacceptable.

It’s not just “sending a message” – it is altering the very nature of Demnet. Power increasingly flows from Sorosnet, and Sorosnet-linked nodes, to ideologically neutral nodes. In other words, ideological infiltrators are “hijacking” a relationship-based partisan institution to push ideological ends. Demnet now not only suffers Sorosnet fellow travelers and link attacks – parts of the regular command-and-control of the party now actively push the Sorosnet agenda. Like a chemical in the bloodstream, Sorosnet’s influence spreads through the party’s bloodlines.

Sorosnet Uses Network Power to Influence Neutral Demnet Nodes

Reorient: Sorosnet Creates A New Reality

This is an objective of Sorosnet — it hasn’t happened yet. Sorosnet’s future worth creating is a Democrat Party that is commanded by Sorosnet nodes for Sorosnet purposes. Reorienting means that the party now accepts Sorosnet hegemony. However, the party is still in a transitional state, as most personal relationships pre-date Sorosnet system administration.

Goal: Sorosnet Runs Demnet

Reharmonize: We Are All Sorosnetizens Now

The final intra-party objective of The Soros Network: full Democrat acceptance of Sorosnet. Sorosnet ideology and nodes control all aspects of the party, and no intra-party opposition remains. In other words, a situation similar to the present Republican Party under the Social-Conservative/Pro-Market/Pro-Globalization regime.

Goal: Sorosnet Is Demnet

Network Politics, a tdaxp series
Introduction: Net-Attacks and Counter-Attacks
Part 1, 0GW / 4GW: Iraqi Sunnis
Part 2, 0GW / 4GW: Christian Conservatives
Part 3, 1GW / 4GW: George Soros
Part 4, 2GW / 4GW: Social Security
Part 5, 4GW / 4GW: John Kerry

The Clinton-Gingrich Plan

Clinton, Gingrich Unite on Health Care,” by Devlin Barrett, Associated Press, 11 May 2005, http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050511/ap_on_go_co/clinton_gingrich_1 (from Democratic Underground).

I blogged on Next Gingrich’s medical-industry reforms earlier, as well as Hillary Clinton’s good ideas, so this is a natural development

Longtime political foes Newt Gingrich and Hillary Rodham Clinton joined cheerfully Wednesday to promote legislation on health care changes, joking that some might view it as a sign of a soon-to-come doomsday.

Clinton, D-N.Y., and Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker, appeared outside the Capitol to promote a bill that would modernize medical record-keeping.

The bill — one long-in-coming that moves more record from paper to digital networks — is as boring as it is bi-partisan and important.

Proponents of the measure being offered in the House by Reps. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. and Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., say the bill would greatly reduce the 98,000 estimated U.S. deaths a year caused by preventable medical errors such as misreading a prescription.

Which doesn’t stop Newt from his trademark rhetoric — which is right this time!

Paper kills,” said Gingrich. “This is not complicated. If you see paper in the health system, it risks killing people.”

Plus, this will be a political affair to remember


South Dakota Christian Democrats Make Billboard, DailyKos

Democrats speak out on religion,” by David Kranz, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 3 May 2005, http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050503/COLUMNISTS02/50503001/1001/NEWS (from Daily Kos through South Dakota Politics).

My state isn’t so big that I can’t congratulate Grassrootdems.org for getting its billboard on both Minnesota avenue and dKos


Democrats are tired of letting Republicans own the faith and values message, so they are taking their case to the streets.

A billboard campaign was launched Monday by the Minneheha County’s Grassroots Democrats, letting people know what their party stands for, says chairwoman Lisa Engels.

Green, black and white signs at Seventh Street and Minnesota Avenue and at Russell Street and Westport Avenue say: “Jesus cares for the poor, so do we. Democrats make America stronger.”

“The whole thing behind it is to counteract the Christian right and their so-called monopoly on religion,” Engels said. “They have been able to get out there and convince people that the flag wraps better around them than it does us, and that is not true.”

A good start by South Dakota liberals, if a hopeless one. The biggest “liberal” church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America , is regularly ignored by its members and in terminal decline. The state Presbyterian Church (USA) worshippers are in loud revolt against the national leftists. The fastest growing churches are known for their conservatism — the Catholics, Mormons, Orthodox, and “baptists.”

But at least they have some 4GPS2 force. After all, half of the battle is just showing up. (The other half is winning.)

NationMaster Stole My Money (Update)

I was looking through my referrals, and one was startling. I’ve been getting results for Nationmaster and “Nation Master” for a while, because of their shoddy service, but… wow


I apologize for the small text, but this shows that my Nationmaster pages are #1 and #2 in Germany — ahead of nationmaster.com itself! — and that a friend’s page on the ordeal is #5.

The American results aren’t quite as good — #2 for myself, #4 for Brendan. My guest post on aaron.mmi.net isn’t in the top ten at all… oh well. This does show the power of the blogosphere in our flat world.

Nationmaster customer-disservice-rep-cum-shakedown-artist Viswa Priya once told me that asking for a refund for service I never used and had requested canceled was “not legal or ethical.” (He/she was referring to the act of asking. Out of ethics and legality I never mentioned these blog posts. I’m not going to have my ethics questioned over some stupid bill.) In Priya’s steep world, customers do what they are told. No more.

Sorry for the interruption. Regular blogging continues below…

Iraqd, We Hardly Knew Ye

The End of Iraq’d,” by Spencer Ackerman, Iraq’d, 25 April 2005, http://www.tnr.com/blog/iraqd?pid=2640.

Iraq’d, the war-liberal New Republic’s online blog of that country, is gone

THE END OF IRAQ’D: Given our open-ended commitment to Iraq, I’ve never really known when this blog should come to an end. Journalistically, several milestones–the June handover of power, the January election–offered an opportunity to phase out IRAQ’D, but doing so then might have falsely suggested that these events lent some sort of finality to our endeavor. Better then to use quality as the right measurement of the blog’s shelf life, and by that standard, it’s past time to say goodbye to IRAQ’D. The last several weeks of posts haven’t really added much to anyone’s understanding of a very complex situation. (Though a reasonable argument can be made that that’s been the case since my first entry.) So, let me offer my thanks to everyone for reading, and my unyielding admiration for the U.S. and coalition troops and brave Iraqis who sacrifice so that Iraq enjoys a future of reconciliation, peace, and liberty.


Iraq’d has been replaced in my blogroll by the Boydian Defense in the National Interest.

Dueling Political Insurgencies

Federal Judge Rules Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional,” Omaha World-Herald, 12 May 2005, http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=1638&u_sid=1409755.

The homosexualists law campaigns are marked by dueling fourth-generation insurgencies — on the one hand the homosexualists themselves, on the other the conservative coalition that has seized two branches of the national government and has foundations in many other places. Both have grown a lot since the 1970s, though the homosexualists less so. Now with the “culture wars,” these armies find themselves fighting each other head-on.

Take this news, from my future home-state

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon struck down Thursday Nebraska’s constitutional provision prohibiting gay marriage or civil unions.

The constitutional amendment, known as Initiative 416, passed in 2000 with 70 percent of the vote. It prevents homosexuals who work for the state or the University of Nebraska system from sharing health insurance and other benefits with their partners.

A group of lesbian and gay couples sued the state of Nebraska, contending the act barred “lesbian, gay and bisexual people from using the ordinary political process to seek important legal protections that all other Nebraskans already have.”

Forty states have so-called “Defense of Marriage” laws, but Nebraska’s ban is the only one that explicitly prohibits same-sex couples from enjoying many of the legal protections that heterosexual couples enjoy.

Where does this fall on the stages of 4GP on PISRR?

For the Homosexualists

  • A 4GPS3 victory — seizing the government and directing police powers
  • A Penetration victory — the first stage in PISRR — allow their Pre-Modern Political (family) networks to more openly exist

For the Conservatives

  • A 4GPS3 loss but a 4GPS1 victory. This is an “outrage” — a singular event which draws attention to the cause. Think of the Mai Lai massacre for a similar 4GWS3 victory (the land was captured) that was a 4GWS1 cataclysm.
  • A Reorienting event. This throws Nebraska conservatives into the first stages of the OODA loop, forcing them to reconquer ground previously occupied.

Last: Note the assymetric nature of the struggle. Conservatives attacked where they are strongest: public opinion. Homosexualists counter-attacked where they are strongest: the courts. Conservatives will counter-counter-attack where they are strongest: the Congress

Every side chooses the battleground where it has the advantage.

Update: Not that anti-Conservatives can’t fight in the Senate. Bush’s circuit court nominees enjoy only a 46.9% confirmation rate.

Update 2: My analogy was better than I thought. The court’s reasoning was that the law harms political networks! From Ramesh at Bench Memos

A federal judge (Joseph Bataillon, a Clinton nominee) has struck down a state ban on same-sex marriage. Nebraska voters amended the state constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The judge, following the reasoning of the Supreme Court’s decision in Romer v. Evans (1996), ruled that the amendment had infringed on the rights to political participation of advocates of same-sex marriage: They can’t get their way just by persuading the legislature, since they would also have to overturn the amendment. The reasoning, like the reasoning in Romer (which prevented localities from passing laws against discrimination against gays), strikes me as awfully shaky.