Ideology is RELIABLE. Theories are RELIABLE. Experimentation is ERRATIC. Try something, see if it works, then try something else when it doesn't work. Theoreticians in science or politics always see experimenters as ERRATIC. FDR was constantly described as ERRATIC.Maybe it's simpler than that. ERRATIC is popping up again in official statements about Russia's normal and sane defense of its own territory from our vicious unprovoked aggression.
The alleged “interception” occurred on Thursday, Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for European Command told CNN. He said the Russian Su-27 "performed erratic and aggressive maneuvers," only 50 feet (15 meters) away from the US aircraft. The US Boeing RC-135 aircraft was "intercepted by a Russian SU-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner," Hernandez said.Four words for sane self-defense: ERRATIC, AGGRESSIVE, UNSAFE, UNPROFESSIONAL. AGGRESSIVE is not new; we've made AGGRESSION a part of RUSSIANAGGRESSION's name. The other three are new. An ordinary criminal understands that everyone wants to defend himself. He tries to win the battle and take the money or sex, but he grudgingly respects an adversary who defends well. Only a psychopath views an adversary's defense as ERRATIC, AGGRESSIVE, UNSAFE, UNPROFESSIONAL.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.