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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fordham Described Elizabeth Warren as Its ‘First Woman of Color’

Brian Preston at PJ Media discussing the work that cites Warren's supposed Cherokee nationhood:
Who on earth would ever read something titled “Intersectionality and positionality: Situating women of color in the affirmative action dialogue”? How can any sane person get past the title? Two of the three words in its opening clause are not, in point of fact, real words. They are hybrids made up to sound smart. They sound like poison gas to anyone not initiated in radical feminism. Which is what they are.
I clicked on the link based on the title but the passage above really got to me.  As per Preston, who on earth talks like this?  I guess if you throw out enough semantic smoke it can be harder for people to notice you're burning intellectual dung.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Belief That CO2 Can Regulate Climate Is “Sheer Absurdity”

From Powerline:

"Klaus-Eckart Puls is a German physicist and meteorologist who investigated the underpinnings of global warming hysteria and was horrified at how unscientific the global warming advocates are."

My problem with warming alarmism is not that I don't believe in science, it's that science is a methodology.  It's a formalized way to investigate the physical world and to determine - to the extent possible - how things work.  Conclusions that are scientific can be checked, double-checked, and verified.  The current global warming debate on the other hand is political advocacy, carried out using scientific sounding language.  That's a different thing.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Non-Inevitability of 'Gay' Marriage

Rich Lowery at The Corner:
History is littered with the wreckage of causes pronounced inevitable by all right-thinking people. The failed Equal Rights Amendment looked inevitable when it passed Congress in 1972 and immediately 30 states ratified it. Opposition to abortion that was supposed to inevitably wither away is as robust as ever. The forces favoring gun control seemed unstoppably on the march when Congress passed the Brady Bill and the assault-weapons ban in the 1990s, but there are more protections for gun rights now than two decades ago.
This sounds about right to me.  Gay Marriage may someday be the law of the land but it is not inevitable.  It is currently fashionable but the longer the idea percolates, the more people will realize how bad an idea it is.  There is more support for the idea among young people - especially the college educated - and I think the lefty/relativist brainwashing that goes on in colleges frequently wears off as youth grows into maturity.

And I think the savvier supporters of gay marriage realize this.  Which is why they're shrieking like harpies to get it enshrined in the law now, before everybody wakes up and says:  wait a minute, we want to do what?!
UPDATE: Turns out this post got me unfriended on Facebook by someone I consider a friend. It doesn't seem that harsh to me but I guess opinions do vary.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The New Holocaust Deniers

At PJ Media, Robert Zubrin writes about his book tour:
Indeed, the entire environmentalist movement consists of holocaust deniers, who continue to refuse to look at or admit the existence of the carnage they have created and continue to perpetuate worldwide. 
His new book is Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism.

There is a bizarre, self-loathing current in the environmental movement and the political left in general.  The Puritans had nothing on these guys.  I'm a Calvinist that believes in the radical depravity of man but, compared to these knuckleheads, I'm a squishy Pollyanna about humanity.  I think it was C.S. Lewis that was credited with saying the problem with an atheist is not that he believes in nothing, but rather that you can get him to believe in anything.

Maybe, maybe not.  But it does look like you can get a lot of people to hate the whole human race in the abstract, and to support things that provably cause a lot of death and suffering.

Obama's Fundraisers Way Gayer than Romney's

From the Washington Post:

"About one in six of Obama’s top campaign “bundlers” are gay, according to a Washington Post review of donor lists(.)"

So, if about 2% of the population is gay, and over 16% of the President's campaign bundlers are gay, doesn't that make the President's donors about eight times gayer than normal people?

(HT Katrina Trinko/The Corner)

Strikes, Indians, and Englishmen

The Times of India reports on a strike that is beginning at Kingfisher Airlines in India.  The airline's pilots have begun to call in sick.  Here's why:
Said an airline source: "The pilots are calling in sick, saying that the delay in salary payments has been a cause of stress." In the last few days, the resentment among pilots grew as the management again went back on its promise to pay their pending salary. "The management has been blatantly lying to us. They told us that they have deposited the money for our salaries in the bank," said a pilot. "However, when we checked with the banks, they revealed that not a cent has been deposited towards our salary payments," he added. The pilots had earlier planned to agitate from Monday onwards. But the airline chairman Vijay Mallya wrote a letter saying that the salary for the month of January will be paid on May 9. With the deadline gone and no payment done, the agitation began from midnight.
Fair enough.  These guys haven't been paid since - if I've got this right - last year.   Can't blame them.  Meanwhile, in Britain, the Telegraph reports:  "Prison officers have staged a surprise walkout over pension reform, on the day that 400,000 other public sector workers hold a planned strike."

So, in India, private workers keep on carrying on, giving their employer months to come up with a way to pay them the money they have already earned, while in Great Britain, so-called public servants leave criminals unguarded, and jam up the court system (no one to escort prisoners to trial) in order to send a message of solidarity with other so-called public servants that refuse to consider the possibility they may have to do with less money at some point in the future.

What a pathetic display by the British.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

CIA unraveled bomb plot from within

Is it just me, or does it seem stupid to anyone else that we are bragging we have people inside Al Qaeda?

From the Washington Post:
Of dozens of AQAP fighters with Saudi backgrounds, “at least five or eight of them are undercover” working for the Saudi service at any point, said a Middle Eastern official. “The Saudis have always had a network” of sources in Yemen, the official said. “Now they are expanding its objectives.”
Should work just fine as long as the jihadis don't read the papers.

Monday, May 7, 2012

BBC's Sherlock


Last night my daughter and I finally got to watch episode 1 of the second season of BBC's Sherlock.  We were excited because we enjoyed the first season so much.  We were disappointed.

The first season was a lot of fun and I'm a tough grader.  I consider myself a Sherlock Holmes purist.  My counsel to anyone writing a new treatment of Sherlock Holmes would be:  Arthur Conan Doyle was a lot better at this than you are or ever will be.  Treat the material with respect.  In the first season the BBC writers managed to charm me.  The stories were witty.  They managed to create a Holmes and Watson that were true to the originals but at the same time were also true twenty-first century men.  They succeeded.  They managed to sell Sherlock Holmes in modern London.

This first episode in the new season on the other hand was just plain limp.  Too cute by half; forced and obvious sexual allusions; outlandish crime solutions.  If the writers for the first season are the same guys that wrote last night's episode, they have run out of gas.

King of the Khyber Rifles

Just posted a review at Amazon for King of the Khyber Rifles, a free Kindle book I finished last night.  I'm still going through my British Empire phase of easy adventure reading.  It's mostly India stuff, but some Sudan stories by Arthur Conan Doyle as well.

It's probably not hard to figure out I'm a hard sell on the idea that British colonialism was all bad.  It wasn't.  Not even close.  I'm an anglophile from way back (with a brief interlude between 1775 and 1815).  As I once said to some Indian friends in a bar in Hyderabad:  "Eventually everybody's got to grow up and kick the British out, but you're a moron if you don't realize the joint is a better place because they were here."

I said something like that anyway.  I quote from memory and that memory involved a few pints of Sandpiper.  But I remember general agreement from the company.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Wikipedia doesn't want you to know Obama eats dog

Report is here.  (HT Instapundit)

People will actually cast votes based on stuff like this.  And as long as that's true, to report the story about Romney securing his dog in a travel kennel on top of his car in the 1980's, and at the same time censor the fact Obama ate dog meat once when he was a child, is to actively work for the reelection of Barack Obama.

That's okay, of course.  Unless one is pretending to be an unbiased information provider.  Then it's not okay.  Then it's exactly the left-wing media bias conservatives complain about and progressives deny the existence of.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Less Brains than Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner

Apparently seeking to prove beyond doubt that Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner really is the pinnacle of Norwegian brainpower, Johan Galtung, a Norwegian “sociologist nicknamed the father of peace studies,” sees fit to blame the Jews for the massacre of a bunch of young socialist Norwegians that was carried out by another Norwegian lunatic who describes himself as a “cultural Christian” and who doesn’t really believe there is a God.  

Must have been the Jews.  It naturally follows, no?  QED.  The sickening details are here.

Fun was been made of medieval religious scholars that speculated on the number of angels that could fit on the head of a pin.  I personally wonder if anyone – ever - seriously debated this question without the aid of recreational drugs, no matter how long ago, or how bored the scholastic.  But the modern secular leftist version of this question is taken seriously and it seems to be:  How many Jews can we blame for anything that goes wrong (that we cannot practicably blame on George Bush or Global Warming)?

Victims of Communism Day

Remembered by Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy:

"May Day began as a holiday for socialists and labor union activists, not just communists. But over time, the date was taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their regimes. I suggest that we instead use it as a day to commemorate those regimes’ millions of victims."