Sunday, May 01, 2016

Today is Victims of Communism Day.

It should be interesting to see what the commenters say.
I notice that one comment points out that Streicher was executed for incitement to violence. If I was a judge, I am sure that I would have strongly considered executing such a loathsome toad. On the other hand, he had been out of power for years - prior to 1939. Perhaps he should have gotten the same treatment as Rudolf Hess, namely life in prison.
I am not going to shed tears for this waste of a human life, but it is an interesting question if you really take an absolutist view of the values incorporated into the First Amendment, such as letting Nazis march in towns where Holocaust survivors live or not preventing the publication of plans for building a nuclear weapon.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The best part of the Obama years has been all the racial healing...

//The Motley, a student run cafĂ© on Scripps’ campus, has already held events exclusively for people of color, a form of segregation the guide justifies by asserting that some spaces are “harmful” for people of color, and that creating segregated safe spaces is simply “the least we can do” for non-white students.

“Anger is a legitimate response to oppression,” the authors state in their letter to white people, “as is sadness, fear, frustration, exhaustion, and a general distaste or hatred of white people.”

Sections of the Survival Guide addressing “Mindful Language” and “Inclusive Language” tell students to watch what they say inside the classroom, identifying “capitalism and consumerism” as concepts which “can lead to [the] dangerous promotion of certain ideals and widespread circulation of stigmatizing information.”//

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Vox Day punks the Hugos.

This is the kind of street theater, piss in their cornflakes, that the left engages in.

The problem is that since they are now The Establisment, they have something to defend.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Apparently, threatening a student with violence in the name of the Movement is no big deal.

//Last fall, as Melissa Click yelled and pointed her way into infamy, she quickly became a caricature of a radical faculty member who represented everything conservative lawmakers and pundits hate about academe, right down to her research on Twilight.

But while the video of her screaming at a student went viral, turning her into the Melissa Click, the confrontation on a quad during a protest here last year really wasn’t that remarkable, in her mind. The assistant professor of communication at the University of Missouri was just doing what other professors and administrators were doing there, too, she says. So why did she lose her job?

She has one idea. Under pressure from state legislators, she says, Missouri’s Board of Curators fired her to send a message that the university and the state wouldn’t tolerate black people standing up to white people. "This is all about racial politics," she says. "I’m a white lady. I’m an easy target."//

If other faculty were trying to get the SA to "muscle" a student journalist, they should have been fired.

30 years of incentivizing spending and penalizing saving and we end in a situation where 47% of us can't come up with $400 in an emergency.

Good essay by Neal Gabler.

And then there is the destruction of the small platoons of support that exist between the State and the individual:

//Everybody's broke -- well not everybody. But, as the NYT article pointed out, not only is the money gone but so too are the things sacrificed on the altar of progress. Family and pride, to name two factors which saw previous generations through the hard times, but were regarded as obstacles to recent progress, are gone too. Marriage rates have declined and divorce rates have risen with the disastrous results that critical theory would never have anticipated. The NYT article says "in 2005, unmarried middle-aged men were 3.5 times more likely than married men to die from suicide, and their female counterparts were as much as 2.8 times more likely to kill themselves." In this age of nonstandard families, who would have thought it?

Loneliness as a cause of suicide is now suspected in even 'advanced' European societies. NPR's Rebecca Hersher explains that Greenland, part of Denmark, has the highest suicide rate in the world, so bad that even the suicide hotline respondents are driven to depression. One of the hotline workers told Hersher there was a clear pattern to Greenland's suicides. "Love, she says. Or, loss of it."//

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Happy Earth Day!

This offers an interesting perspective on the Christian story.

Justice requires that human sin be punished.

God's love means that we don't have to do the punishment alone.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Is there any wonder that we can't solve our difficult problems....

..if we are so confused by the easy problems.

According to Thomistic philosophy, prudence is the first virtue that underlays every other virtue because prudence is simply the ability to see reality as it is.
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