Archive for the ‘National’ Category
The eugenics movement is alive and well, still influencing public policy
The title is a literally untranslatable bit of National Socialist jargon which is usually clumsily rendered into English as: “life unworthy of life.”
It was used in the discussion of what are today called “quality of life” issues regarding people born with physical and mental defects, suffering from incurable ailments, and seemingly at the end of their “useful” lives. Another quaint term for such people, likewise untranslatable in its sheer cruelty, was nutzlose Fresser, “useless eaters” (to convey a little more of the original’s flavor: fressen is what animals do, essen is what humans do).
The doctrine embodied in these terms was hardly original with the Nazis (a shorthand expression, too widely used, which conceals the actual nature and origins of the movement called the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or “National Socialist German Workers’ Party”). Its origins lay in the eugenics movement, which was a feature of late 19th and early 20th century Western “civilization.” This was one of the more sinister developments of Darwinistic evolutionary theory.
Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com
–SNIP– A name is not a name either. Lena Dunham has responded to a threatened libel suit by admitting that the Republican called Barry who she says raped her in college wasn’t really called Barry. Random House is adding disclaimers warning readers not to take this book of nonfiction too literally. Interestingly digital copies of Dunham’s autobiography are going to be redacted to fit Dunham’s new storyline. So if you are reading a book hosted on the cloud and find the letters rearranging themselves before your very eyes, don’t worry, it’s not you that is going nuts, but the world.
Read more by Richard Fernandez at pjmedia.com
It used to strike me as impossible for global warming to cause cold weather. Then I realized that I could chill a soft drink in the oven if there were no room left in the refrigerator to bake a cake.
Up until then I did not know that the same cause can have opposite effects. In my unenlightened state, it never occurred to me that carbon dioxide could cause both excessive heat and excessive cold, both drought and flood.
I should have known. After all, we calm hyperactive children with stimulants and cure addiction to drugs with addicting drugs. When the government goes too far in debt, it borrows more money. We achieve diversity through uniformity. We overcome racism with racism. When children don’t learn, we send them to schools that don’t teach. We question authority by believing the authorities.
Read more by Jonathan David Carson at AmericanThinker.com
Today, I stopped caring about my fellow man. I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.
I stopped caring today because parents refuse to teach their kids right from wrong and blame us when they are caught breaking the law. I stopped caring today because parents tell their little kids to be good or “the police will take you away” embedding a fear from year one. Moms hate us in their schools because we frighten them and remind them of the evil that lurks in the world.
They would rather we stay unseen, but close by if needed, but readily available to “fix their kid.” I stopped caring today because we work to keep our streets safe from mayhem in the form of reckless, drunk, high, or speeding drivers, only to be hated for it, yet hated even more because we didn’t catch the drunk before he killed someone they may know.
Read more by Lt Daniel Furseth, DeForest Wisconsin Police Department at nycfirewire.com
Scott Walker offers an intriguing glimpse into how conservative principles could succeed on a national scale.
One of the more compelling reasons to consider Scott Walker’s candidacy for president is that he has been elected, repeatedly, governor of a mid-size state with a strong executive. Wisconsin’s state constitution establishes a powerful governor’s seat, as opposed to, say, Texas’ constitution, or even to the limited powers granted to the U.S. president.
There are numerous ways in which the state of Wisconsin is a microcosm of the country, and perhaps advisory of things to come.
The state is deeply polarized, divided almost equally between left and right, as the U.S. has been now for forty years or more, and the state’s Republican Party is itself divided, principally in three parts. The Wisconsin GOP “establishment” generally adheres to the original Big Government principles; it contends with a growing conservative faction and a libertarian faction.
Over the last several national elections, the candidate favored by…
Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com
The growing community leans ever more towards political conservatism.
During the run-up to the dramatic election just concluded, I was invited to attend an event to meet the Republican National Committee’s recently appointed director of faith engagement, Chad Connelly. In the course of his presentation that afternoon, Mr. Connelly remarked that he did not understand how anybody who believed in the principles of biblical morality could possibly vote for the Democrats, as presently constituted.
The American system of government is predicated upon the assumption that there is a civil society consisting primarily of self-disciplined, self-restrained people, adhering to a broadly agreed set of moral principles inculcated not through any act of government, but rather through private, religious institutions.
Though the Founding Fathers, prudently and shrewdly building on their experiences and knowledge of the English system, refused to establish any particular religion, they nonetheless recognized the vital nature of religion in ordering men’s affairs. For example, John Adams, the second president of the United States, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a Moral and Religious People. We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.” Because such a government would be, inevitably, a totalitarian police state.
Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com
A Thanksgiving Lesson We Need Again
–SNIP– The Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in December 1620 were motivated by the noblest of virtues. They had vowed to be as selfless as possible and to always put the needs of the group first.
Because provisions were so scanty, they decided that the land would be worked in common, all produce would be owned in common and goods would be rationed equally. It was the agrarian version of Karl Marx’s dictate “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
Unfortunately, this utopian idea did not work very well. Pilferage from the storehouse became common. Suspicions of malingering were muttered. Over the course of that first harsh winter, nearly half of the colonists perished. Four families were wiped out entirely. Only five of 18 wives survived. Of the 29 single men, hired hands and servants, only 10 were alive when spring finally came.
Read more by Chip Wood at Personal Liberty.com
Should you have any doubts about Saturday night’s opening skit on Saturday Night Live being damaging to the President, you need look no further than the Washington Post, which felt the need to fact check the skit. Liberals are in an uproar squealing like stuck pigs. Their own network, NBC, dared ridicule the President’s overreach.
Back in February, SNL’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, said liberals take humor going after them much more personally than Republicans do. This has been proven true again.
Read more by Erick Erickson at Redstate.com
They came here to obtain freedom
Between the recent “deal” with China, reports of Obama taking climate action via executive fiat, and the debate over keystone, global warming has been over the mainstream media recently. But instead of debating whether or not the global warming hypotheses is a valid threat to the Earth, the media starts with the premise that the theory is real and anybody who contests global warming is the equivalent of people who don’t believe the holocaust actually happened, they are called deniers.
The “LA Times” refuses to print letters that disagree with global warming, CNN openly mocks them on air, the NY Times ran a cartoon suggesting climate change skeptics should be stabbed to death, and MSNBC and CBS only interview climate change believers on their programs.
Read more by Jeff Dunetz at HotAir.com
Science displays at Wisconsin State Parks will tell you that glaciers covered our landscape, ending just 12,000 years ago.
This means that ice, up to a MILE-THICK, covered this state, and carved out features like the Kettle Moraine. A six-inch snowfall like we get now and then in winter is not what caused these earth changes.
Question: What did the Indians do back then to cause the ice to melt away? Or did they just happen to be the first settlers after the ice melted away? Melted then, by what?