Sunday, October 04, 2015
Friday, October 02, 2015
I found this Robert Heinlein quote posted at a rabid militant atheist's blog:
“You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.”Well, isn't that just a bit... morrisettian?
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Pope Lileks: It’s Time to Fix America’s Income-Inequality Crisis Once and for All!
(The left's list of ultra-rich people does not include) the Kennedys, because the Kennedys could strike oil on their Hyannis Port compound, pay African orphans a dollar a day to work the pumps by hand, build a pipeline that ran through a protected Monarch-butterfly preserve, and the media would still hang halos over their heads because JFK was martyred in Dallas by a free-floating toxic cloud of right-wing hatred that inhabited the brain of a well-meaning Marxist.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Dennis Miller on Facebook:
You say you're a creationist, liberals cite Darwin. You then cite survival of the fittest, liberals tell you to be more Christ-like.
Friday, September 04, 2015
In search of one of his quotes, I found others by him which are sadly applicable, but mostly opposite to the way that he intended them nearly 90 years ago:
The American of today, in fact, probably enjoys less personal liberty than any other man of Christendom, and even his political liberty is fast succumbing to the new dogma that certain theories of government are virtuous and lawful, and others abhorrent and felonious. Laws limiting the radius of his free activity multiply year by year: It is now practically impossible for him to exhibit anything describable as genuine individuality, either in action or in thought, without running afoul of some harsh and unintelligible penalty. It would surprise no impartial observer if the motto “In God we trust” were one day expunged from the coins of the republic by the Junkers at Washington, and the far more appropriate word, “verboten,” substituted. Nor would it astound any save the most romantic if, at the same time, the goddess of liberty were taken off the silver dollars to make room for a bas-relief of a policeman in a spiked helmet. Moreover, this gradual (and, of late, rapidly progressive) decay of freedom goes almost without challenge; the American has grown so accustomed to the denial of his constitutional rights and to the minute regulation of his conduct by swarms of spies, letter-openers, informers and agents provocateurs that he no longer makes any serious protest.
When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost... All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
The strange American ardor for passing laws, the insane belief in regulation and punishment, plays into the hands of the reformers, most of them quacks themselves. Their efforts, even when honest, seldom accomplish any appreciable good.
Laws are no longer made by a rational process of public discussion; they are made by a process of blackmail and intimidation, and they are executed in the same manner. The typical lawmaker of today is a man wholly devoid of principle — a mere counter in a grotesque and knavish game. If the right pressure could be applied to him, he would be cheerfully in favor of polygamy, astrology or cannibalism. It is the aim of the Bill of Rights, if it has any remaining aim at all, to curb such prehensile gentry. Its function is to set a limitation upon their power to harry and oppress us to their own private profit. The Fathers, in framing it, did not have powerful minorities in mind; what they sought to hobble was simply the majority. But that is a detail. The important thing is that the Bill of Rights sets forth, in the plainest of plain language, the limits beyond which even legislatures may not go. The Supreme Court, in Marbury v. Madison, decided that it was bound to execute that intent, and for a hundred years that doctrine remained the corner-stone of American constitutional law.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
In this otherwise interesting article about the decline of the Democratic party, Politico makes a small mistake:
A titan arum by any other name smells just as vile.
...this time, there’s neither a Great Depression nor a criminal conspiracy in the White House to explain what has happened.Just because the term "depression" is not used, and the criminal conspiracy has not yet been prosecuted, doesn't mean they don't exist.
A titan arum by any other name smells just as vile.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Random thoughts for Aug.12 (very slightly edited):
“So do you want some sort of coherent politically philosophy, or are you happy with just angry yelling?”Also, go watch The Kronies!
Apparently a large number of people can’t tell the difference between being tough and being thin-skinned and pissy.
Are there people who really didn’t get that Trump is a joke candidate until the Megyn Kelly line?
Was there anything so awful Ted Kennedy could do that he’d lose support? Such is Trump’s base.
I can still be surprised by how silly Trump gets, but I don’t take him seriously enough to get outraged.
*dog repeatedly runs into glass door*
“He never backs down! He just like hero Donald Tromp!”
I’m glad we’re finally cracking down on the number one threat to black people: Bernie Sanders.
Difference between Democrats and Republicans:
Republicans are working really hard to stop the horrible person who is their frontrunner.
You don’t need to be politically correct, but it helps to be correct about something.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
“Do I care that [gunman Mohammad Abdulazeez] seemed like an 'All-American' young man? Do I care that he was good at mixed martial arts or a smart, quiet guy? Do I care that his high school friends wouldn’t classify him as overly religious? No, I don’t give a flying you-know-what about any of that ****. I care that this **** killed four of our United States Marines, and I care that our commander-in-chief is more concerned with Muslim sensitivity than the honor and sacrifice made by these Marines.”