Apr 27, 2010

Policy wordings hamstring analysis; POTUS' word meaningless, no credibility

I create software for a living. In the olden days, programs are ordered to do stuff via commands. Those commands are defined in a lexicon. So, one cannot type anything and expect the program to do it. If it is not in the lexicon, the program will simply throw it in the garbage condition and stare back at you with a blinking cursor. Then you turn into a cursor yourself as you articulate expletives. ( If you do that over and over again, that become recursive - but I am getting too technical. So back to my point. ) If a direction or a concept is not in the dictionary or the lexicon, then it does not exist.

Because of this I am glad my analysis and programming work is related to the financial and not the defense industry. I have read that the analysts there cannot use terms that refer to Islamic fanaticism or Muslim extremism anymore. So, related concepts like jihad (holy war) and fatwa (teachings) are also out. When you purge these out then how can you do analysis of terrorism incidents or threats that are caused by these elements. Do you mask it with a generic label? It would be really difficult to do a bang up job without those words - if at all. It seems like those who gave those orders wanted it that way.

So that is the impact of removing terms from policies and reports. Now let's look at redefining terms like promises, commitments and the like. The Germans have a saying, "Ein Mann, ein Wort" literally "One Man, one word" meaning "A Promise is a promise." And if that is not happening, then there is no integrity or oneness. As the Indians would say, "You speak with a forked tongue." When that applies to Obama, it is no longer surprising. What is appalling though is the lack of remorse over his lies.

This morning, Obama said he would not ask the debt commission to abide by his campaign promise when it produces its recommendations. In his words, "Of course this means that all of you, our friends in the media, will ask me and others once a week, or once a day, about what we are willing to rule out or rule in when it comes to the recommendations of the commission. That’s an old Washington game…so I wanted to deliver this message today: we’re not playing that game. I’m not gonna say what’s in, I’m not gonna say what’s out".

So, his promises to the voters have no binding effect when the rubber meets the road. And holding him accountable to those is a game. I wonder how Michelle feels about his wedding vow now. And we know that the promissory note that he gave Bart Stupak to preclude tax dollars from funding abortion is toilet paper. We have a president who cannot be taken at his word anymore. That's why I change the channel whenever he comes up, though I sometimes listen to sense how crap sounds. But the serious part is, this man is running the country. All I can do is vote him out later.

( H/T http://agangershome.blogspot.com/2010/04/bo-shows-his-true-colors.html

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