Of course, if the goal has always been to kill off the human race, screw the economy, and/or turn history on its ear, well then its right on target. "As the oldest baby boomers become senior citizens in 2011, the population 65 and older is projected to grow faster than the total population in every state. In fact, 26 states are projected to double their 65- and-older population between 2000 and 2030." Well shucks, its a good thing there are plenty of judges out there ready to order your life support removed at the drop of a hat. Lets see if I can sum up the agenda here. We'll create an unconstitutional wealth redistribution scheme that discourages personal responsibility and participation in the traditional family structure, then when the scheme is in danger of being crushed under its own weight, we'll relieve the pressure by being ready willing and able to kill old people through the judiciary. The circle is complete. Hello Netherlands!
Roe, Roe, Roe your boat...
The Cardinal Ratzinger said things like: "Not all moral issues have the same weight as abortion and euthanasia.... There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion, even among Catholics, about waging war or applying the death penalty, but not, however, with regard to abortion and euthanasia." Despite the obvious nod to diversity of opinion, this kind of talk scares people who don't even believe in the concept of moral issues. It doesn't leave room for whining or compromise or cooperation. He Believes what he Believes. For this, some think its wise to try to paint him as a Nazi. These people are very small minded, and in the realm of de facto racism against Germans. (Let us not forget that blue-state, Prius-driving favorite Trader Joe's was founded by Germans who had been captured by the USA as POW's during WWII. By your own standards, each sip of that 2-buck Chuck contains a little drop of Hitler.)
I am not even a Catholic, but I can respect someone who will say: "Relativism is letting oneself be 'swept along by every wind of teaching.' It looks like the only attitude acceptable to today's standards. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism, which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires." That's a statement of Belief. I see lots of writing from people who know what they stand Against, and almost notiong about what people stand For. This man stands Against nihilism and For the concepts of Belief and Values.
Its useful to find out who is a nihilist. I like to know what I am dealing with. What to know a quick way to out a nihilist? In conversation, pay them the "compliment" of being "very non-judgemental". Only a nihilist could possibly accept that compliment without reservation. In fact, this is the highest compliment you can pay a nihilist. Their reaction will clearly indicate this.
Tolerance is the virtue of a man without conviction. -G.K. Chesterton
"Nihilists!... Fuck me!... I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude. At least it's an ethos!" -- Walter Sobchak
There are 39,000 known gang members in the city of Los Angeles. This is about 2 army divisions. This is an occupying army corps.
An average resident of Los Angeles is more likely to be suffering "post-traumatic stress disorder" than a soldier returning home from Iraq.
Among urban youth in Los Angeles, 50% of sixth graders have been exposed to violence within the last year, while 30% had been directly threatened with a knife or gun.
Special Order 40, which originated 17 years ago with the L.A. City Council, mandates that police not question anyone they arrest about their immigration status until after criminal charges have been made. It basically orders the police to not enforce immigration law. Both remaining mayoral candidates (both Democrats) support Special Order 40 and dismiss calls for its repeal. It may be the only standing order in the history of the world preventing local police from enforcing a law.
In the LAUSD, just 39 percent of Latino students and 47 percent of African-American students graduate in four years. The state has a graduation rate of 87%, but LAUSD is at 71%. I could not find what the state-wide rate would be if the LAUSD was not counted.
50% of the parents of children in Los Angeles don't speak English at home.
I don't live in LA, but I definitely drive on those freeways where random people are getting shot.
Update based on more info I found while researching my comments: The LA Times claims that 60% of the 20,000 member strong 18th Street gang are illegal immigrants. Weird that everyone knows this and noone is willing to do anything about it.
If there is nothing new to be (faux) outraged about, lets put out a call so at least we can get an anecdote to be outraged about! And 59,000,000 misguided souls voted for the kind of guy who would put out an open call to drum up bad news.
And in music news, Reel Big Fish is still the best band in the world. Best songs. Best musicians. Best live show. Best. New album "dropped" (to use the parlance of our time) last Tuesday, went to the record release party Thursday and they played for almost 2 hours. They could even play your favorite band's songs better than your favorite band. The new CD is on Rhapsody already if you are smart enough to have a subscription.
We teach English to Spanish speakers. This isn't considered racist. I would even correct a child of an Australian immigrant in cases where their spelling differs from American.
The most startling claim in the book is that black students don't learn the same way white students do and therefore shouldn't be taught in the same way. Is that true? Thats a scary claim.
To those of you were for removing the late Mrs. Shiavo's feeding tube: Would you feel the same way if she was 8 months pregnant?
A woman is ruled to be in a PVS after 5 months in a coma. She was 3 months pregnant when she was struck in the head by a thief and she is in the 8th month now. The baby is a boy of healthy weight with no complications. Her husband has decided he wants her feeding tube removed (the only life-sustaining device necessary for her condition) for reasons he has declined to state publicly, and there is no living will containing her wishes. Her parents are willing to pay to support her indefinitely. A local judge has ruled that the feeding tube is to be removed. Do you support this decision and why or why not?
I don't actually expect any honest answers, but I thought I'd throw it out there.
Second, today's Best of the Web.
The thing about liberalism is that it never stops. It grows constantly, often for the sake of growth alone.
First unborn babies weren't human. Now if you are in a "persistent vegatative state" you aren't human. Luckily, I am an able-bodied young man of sound mind so I still have a choice between two parties. If I had a disability of any kind I just don't see how I could vote democrat. You may be the next to be ruled (by royal judicial decree) less than human. I'm buying myself a helmet tonight. I wouldn't want to enter even a temporary vegatative state lest I become the next poster child of the progressive movement.
"The vast majority of human beings are persons, because they exhibit the qualities generally thought to be characteristic of persons: intelligence, autonomy, self-awareness, emotion, future-regarding intentions, and moral responsibility, among others." -bioethics professor Andrew Johnson
I wonder what would Professor Johnson would have done to people who are not sufficiently self-aware. Maybe make them watch the Matrix and if they don't get it they should be locked in a room and starved to death. Holy shit, I don't wear my emotions on my sleeve, I better lay low before I am declared a non-person. Mike Hawk out.
I, however, invite you to post here all you want. It just makes me look better.
And since you haven't figured it out, I don't post to convince YOU of anything since you strike me as a pretty closed-minded individual. You shouldn't be worried about if I respond to your posts or not. You should merely state your case. I never bought into the notion of endless internet debate. The format just isn't very interesting. In fact, if you were making a good case in the journal entries themselves you wouldn't need to respond much either. I don't even read your responses because I either know exactly what you are going to say and don't consider it interesting or I consider my post tight enough that I don't care what you have say. And finally, I find your stated frustrations with my style to be both funny and a total vindication.
At least MH42 comes with his "third way" Clintonista stuff most of the time.
Roe, roe, roe your boat, all the way to political and cultural suicide.
Shhh, don't tell Xopher. Its uncomfortable to talk about it.