Contradictions

Christopher Hitchens points out a few problems concerning the compatibility of religious-right doctrine with that of freedom. To wit: The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100%. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. .…Read More

One Way or Another, Freedom Will Reign

Arthur Herman has a short but powerful remembrance of the ending of WWII 60 years ago this week. He sums it up like this: This is in fact the basic lesson of the Second World War: that political freedom unleashes a material and spiritual power that dictators only dream about. That dream of power ended for Hitler in the rubble of Berlin; it would end for Stalin's successors 44 years later in that same city,…Read More

“Science” Class

So, they're debatin' about whether to teach just science in science class, or to teach both science and superstition in science class. Well, I'll only point out that if y'all were customers and the schools were providing you those services you order and are willing to pay for -- you know, the sort of tawdry "business thing" that goes on a few billion times a day around the world -- then you'd all be gettin'…Read More

“Culturism”

Some years ago, I came up with that term (ask my wife), and according to Google and Merriam-Webster Online, it doesn't exist as an English word. So, I'm claiming it and defining it; here and now. What I mean by it is: prejudice based solely on culture. It's analogous to racism in the sense that someone is being prejudged, but it's also different for a very important reason: culture does not depend on race. A…Read More

“Seeing Is Believing”

You might already know that the Airbus A380 double-decker passenger jet (largest in the world, now) just completed its maiden flight. Good for you guys. That it's funded by some silly government-business alliance, such that little-old-ladies end up bearing part of the risk of your venture is something I just have to overlook, for now. I'm not perfect. Go enjoy some photos and videos.Read More

Well, That Didn’t Take Long

It was predictable. I was not the only one to point it out. There were others, too. I even wrote a whole summary of the thing. See, it's simply a giant contradiction in terms to talk of upholding principles in the immediate breath prior to talking about negotiating compromises of those principles in the political arena. It's just that simple. So, I posted this, yesterday. There are additional comments at that Q&O entry, if you…Read More

Religious Darwinism

Radley Balko does an outstanding job ridiculing the religious position on a cancer vaccine, as reported in this New Scientist article. I guess even the religious can't escape Darwin. Seems they'd rather hope for natural selection to gradually weed out the act of premarital sex by means of its female practitioners dying early from cervical cancer, before they have a chance to propagate their genes. Of course, on the flip side, the theorized increase in…Read More

Sigh

So what am I supposed to think about this. Apparently, the argument that Sowell (whom I usually agree with) is making is that the only reason "illegals" do jobs that "no Americans will do" is because they are willing to work for less, and in their absence, employers will need to pay more, up to the point where Americans will do the jobs. Or, presumably, somewhere between the cost of "illegal" labor and "legitimate" American…Read More

Insight

Regular readers know that the one blog most oft linked to here (by far, I'd imagine) is Billy Beck. It's to the point that I even don't link a few things I would otherwise want to. You know, originality and variety and all that. Never mind. I can only tell you that I've been reading this guy for over 10 years, and I can't think of a single instance where he didn't give it straight…Read More

Hold ‘Em [Up]

When a small group of residents of the small town of Palmer Lake, Colorado got together at a local establishment to play a little hold 'em, they ended up holding 'em up--their hands, that is--as they were robbed at gunpoint. Who were the perpetrators of the crime? Well, for one, the Colorado Springs Metro Vice Unit. And in addition to those jackbooted thugs, there was also the Palmer Lake Police Chief, Dale Smith. One of…Read More

A New “Theory”

Has anyone explored the "theory" that Jennifer Wilbanks might have been en route to meet up with a mail-order husband? Maybe this guy: I'm definitely a classic romantic. I like a candlelight dinner, some quiet background music, and a couple hits of ether. I prefer a woman that has insurance and a car would be great as I need to make the occasional trip to Mexico to pick up "souvenirs". Country: New Mexico, U.S.A.Read More

Photos Galore

OK, from way back 'round Christmas and New Year, when we we able to get back into our mountain cabin (after a great big fire and rebuild), I been gettin' emails with questions such as "do you have electricity?" "Running water?" "Plumbing?" Ah'right, got some pics for ya. (BTW, I did blog this back at the New Year.) We moved back in on December 23, 2004. Here's a shot of the "great room" on the…Read More

Let’s All Get A Life

In hopes that the "Jennifer Wilbanks Story" will quickly recede, I offer the following advice: To John Mason, the groom-to-almost-be: Get a life, John. Second, count your lucky stars. You could half excuse this sort of stunt from an 18-yr-old child bride being handed off from some oppressive home-church partnership into your overbearing hands. This chick's 32, and any 32-yr-old who can cause so much carnage over getting cold feet can do just about anything.…Read More

Fair is Fair

This is just a quick hit. I've got a few entries in the wings, but that will have to wait until a bit later. Busy. In the meantime, with reference to an entry or two ago, fair is fair. So, John Lopez shows us just why republicans and conservatives are generally every bit as stupid as democrats and liberals. You've got to laugh. Get this quote from the L&P blog John links to: The hammer…Read More