“This isn’t even about guns. For a child that age, guns have nothing to do with danger, or violence — much of the fascination has to do with remote control. I can stand over here, and change the state of that object, clear over there. This might be a curious thing for someone to bring up about it, but we should be discussing that aspect of it more often because far from being merely harmless, that’s an important part of a child’s development. Children have a need to become accustomed to achieving direct effect on the world around them; getting comfortable with the idea of engaging action, as a leader, on an individual level, and seeing that action translated into a consequence. Later on they can become acquainted with the concept of irreversible investments, and point-of-commitment. What you do today, you cannot undo tomorrow. From that, comes the understanding of responsibility.” — The Next Thing to Destory: Toy Guns
- Legalizing abortion certainly implies a significant degree of depravity, but so does putting the question in the first place. By the time people are invited to vote whether or not to let women have their children killed in utero, a lot has already been lost.
- “How true membership in a body differs from inclusion in a collective may be seen in the structure of a family.”
- People say nobody’s supposed to talk about Tommy Robinson, but a lot of people are.
- Why is there no lead-homicide connection in Eastern Europe?
- Patriotic prayer candles?
- In this rather long music video, mean girls mock and humiliate some creepy little geek who comes on to them. That’s not going to end well.
…or something like that. I’m sure I heard that on NPR, or somewhere. Shocking.
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Busing; Something to think about; or not.
- Population Transformation in Pittsburgh and Chicago, by Aaron M. Renn
- Gang members admit to firebombing black families in Boyle Heights housing development. How is this not ethnic cleansing?
- “I don’t expect your average Muslim to be any clearer on the long-term implications of their faith than the average Christian. They may embrace a world-conquering, infidel-slaying eschaton with all the vigor and clarity with which the typical Christians accepts the admonition to die to ourselves or not commit adultery in our hearts.”
My example of this (at second hand) is the tale of the bad Klansman: an old guy from back in the day. Nominally commited to the Ku Klux Klan, but didn’t really get to meetings as often as he should. In favor of prohibition, but after all a man likes a drink now and then; racist, but the only black man he’d known well (not many around here anyway…) had been a real good fellow; anti-Catholic, but, you know, gotta live and let live, like the Book says; judge not, lest ye also be judged.
- “If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today.” Thomas Sowell said that in 1998. What’s the label now, twenty years later?
UPDATE: Like the man says, Heh: “If you are frighetend by what Trump says about immigrants, you should see what the New Yorker says about people from their own country.” Yes, “people from their own country.”
Fretting about Chik-fil-a opening a restaurant, the writer of the article in the New Yorker doesn’t really consider me to be his fellow countryman. The central questions are, Who is “us?” and Where is “here?”
“How terrible must it be to get an unwanted glimpse of the top of someone else’s shed?”
This procedure for unclogging a toilet worked for me. It involves pouring in hot water and dish soap. It seems risky, but there have been no apparent problems. After pouring in the hot water it might be good to wait half an hour or so before flushing, to avoid the stress of a sudden temperature change.
Well, one problem: putting the plunger in the hot water caused the rubber cup to shrink and distort, so the plunger is now useless.
From the graphs here it looks like alcohol-related deaths have gone up every year since 2009. The linked author, Spottedtoad” wonders
“if physiologically, Americans are, due to interactions with other drugs compromising their livers and obesity, greater inactivity and general ill-health, less able to metabolize alcohol. To go back to Winston Churchill, perhaps whiskey and cigars were a more sustainable combination than the whiskey and prozac, whiskey and oxycodone, and whiskey and adderall combinations we subsidize now.” — Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?
It’s a good not-too-long read with a lot of data.
What true thing can you not safely say, unless you say it anonymously?
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This video is vulgar, kind of stupid, and has significant philosophical limitations, but I still like it: Die Gedanken sind frei