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Wednesday, September 30. 2009
Looks like they were cherry-picking data to get the results they wanted. Why?
Quoted at Conspiracy as Joke of the Day. It begins:
Read it all. Link above.
Polanski is on record as claiming that all guys "want to f- young girls." Perhaps some do, but guys with young daughters tend not to approve of the notion: the idea tends to make them go load their guns. Althouse wonders about the pedophilia of Hollywood types.
I would just like to offer the comment that, from a psychological standpoint, desire for 13 year-old girls is not really pedophilia. In the past, 13 year-old women routinely married and, without spending time on a search, I wonder how many girls in NYC get pregant at 13? I'll bet it's many.
No, the issue is not whether men (or women, for that matter) are sometimes attracted to young people, or whether 13 year-olds can be sexy witches, or whether 44 year-olds can be drawn to young females.
The issue is the law. Forcible sex, and sex with the underaged, are illegal. Admittedly the latter is rarely enforced when the guy is underaged too but, regardless of our sexual inclinations and fantasies, or our opinions about every law, we all implicitly agree to obey the laws by virtue of our citizenship - or to accept the consequences like the adults we are presumed to be. That's Adulthood 101.
Rape is illegal. Everybody knows that. We used to hang people for it. It has never been in fashion, to my knowledge. Until now.
The O wants the US to surrender sovereignty - but to whom?
These are supposed to be savvy guys. Don't they realize that they are being used as window dressing?
It wasn't rape. As neoneo notes, after all she was a 13-year old sexually active temptress at the time. The rules do not apply to Hollywood, apparently. Sodom and Gomorrah over there. Vanderleun nails the story.
In praise of political anger. Gets your heart working too.
The FCC cannot tie its own shoes, but wants to dig into the internet. Arrogant jerks. Leave us the heck alone.
The enraged and hateful Left aims at critics' jugulars
The Are all men pigs? meme. We believe that, at heart, all men are not pigs, but dogs, invested with a powerful mating urge. However, most of us also believe in civilized, honorable, and honest behavior especially when sober or when not in the throes of uncontrollable biological urges and desire...
NYC celebrates 60 years of Chicom rule. Perhaps New Yorkers might enjoy the same thing?
In 1931 the Olin chemical and ammo company bought the bankrupt Winchester Repeating Arms company, and still owns the trademark for the firearms and makes the ammo.
The story of Winchester is the sad story of manufacturing and unions in the Northeast. From the Wiki:
It's interesting to read the histories of companies. Here's the history of the Olin Corp, which still makes Winchester ammo. I had the pleasure of meeting some good folks from the company recently.
There is no doubt that humans tend to, or prefer to, think in metaphors. Much of it is laziness, I think, and some of it is how our brains try to work efficiently. We have posted on this subject in the past.
We use metaphors to make the unseen and unseeable feel real, so we can handle it and talk about it. However, metaphors can just as easily be deceptive and misleading as they can be illuminating: it depends on the integrity and intent of the creator of the metaphor.
Psychologists try to take on metaphor - with, of course, the tools of their own metaphors. You end up with towers constructed of layers of metaphors. These are often termed "theories."
Playing doctor: Updates on the attempted take-over of American medicine by bozo politicians and the Federal government
Why the O bombed on health care. WSJ. No, the public isn't stupid.
NY Post - Reform horrors: The O's total disconnect
Maybe they want to break it, so they can come in and "fix it" later. That is termed "tactics."
Praying to Obama. Good grief. That is sick.
Right. It makes us all slavish dependents on the government plantation.
If anybody thinks Congress and the O know what the heck they are doing, please make your case.
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Tuesday, September 29. 2009
Just listening to the radio on the way home I heard Hugh Hewitt suggest what he called the "game-set-match" question to Hollywoodites supporting Roman Polanski not being tried: "Should someone drugging and raping your 13-year old daughter be prosecuted?" (I'd add sister or mother, as all in Hollywood must have at least one of the above.)
The shortest Hollywood film ever would be a unanimous "yes" from all. However, it may be too much to assume that none would answer "no." It is Hollyweird, after all.
Does anybody take Frank Rich seriously?
I never did ,even when he did the drama reviews.
Our pal and occasional contributor (Aliyah, Indian Health Service, etc) emails me this iPhone photo from Big Sur today on his way to lunch and a shrink conference:
Not that 64 is old by any means, but the Medicare group is very upset about ObamaCare.
Rightly so. They have a very good deal right now - probably an impossibly good deal - and they are going to lose it to help pay for the younger people who don't want to buy medical insurance.
Once the dog gets a bone, don't try to take it away. Folks on Medicare love their almost-free lunch.
At Am Thinker, The Perils of a 'Policy' President.
In my view, the real problem isn't the politics - it's the hubris. Few people who enjoy creating big plans and schemes for other peoples' lives have ever even tried to run a candy shop. That's the problem.
Ann Althouse, a prominent law professor, teenager in the ‘60’s, dismisses Andy Williams as too “square” even back in the ‘60’s to be taken seriously now, when he says President Obama is “following Marxist theory.”
I tested Williams’ squareness on my sons, now 4 and 9, this morning by showing them a YouTube of Andy Williams singing the theme song from Exodus, “This Land Is Mine.” Both loved it. But, are they biased because we’re Jewish? No. Both’s favorite TV show when younger, after the usual run of kiddie shows, was reruns on PBS of Lawrence Welk’s show. They both loved the melodious and understandable lyrics along with the lively and friendly performances.
So, are my sons square? Or, does Ann Althouse’s comment reflect a deprived upbringing, lacking personal connection to the emotions and tastes of an earlier generation? I choose the latter but what is important about this minor brouhaha is what it reflects about us.
Ann Althouse is known for her scholarship on federalism and the Constitution, so she is concerned with past debates and their effect on and application to current events. In this, she may be cognizant of philosopher George Santayana’s famous comment about “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” but may have missed his other comment, “the equality of unequals is inequality” while arguing for equality of opportunity.
Most people are not scholars of the myriad origins, forms and history of Marxism or Socialism. These terms are usually short-hand for categorizing redistribution of results among unequals, from those who earned the results to those who haven’t. That’s a sticky argument, as others argue unless those who haven’t are provided means to opportunities then they are less likely to obtain results commensurate with their skills and efforts.
The problem lies in discerning the boundaries, and aside from legislative and court determinations each individual must choose. I say “must” because the extent to which government decides the boundaries is inescapable upon each individual.
Most liberals tend to come down on a more expansive view of redistribution. Hence the epithet of “Marxist” or “Socialist” from some of those more conservative.
Many investigators who have studied President Obama’s past associations, to the limited extent they have been discovered, document his closest formative influences and choices to be among those quite radical and even avowedly “socialist” or “Marxist.” The major media has essentially ignored this pattern, or restrained coverage when they no longer could.
Does this matter?
To me, not as much as some of the investigators among my friends. I tend to be something of a behaviorist, believing that what one sees now is most important, and recognize all's ability to change. Others whom are friends are less concerned with the observable and the now. As one I respect says, “My hope is that he will get real very soon on lots of fronts as he experiences the push back and the immovable objects….Personally, I will give it more time to see how his presidency develops.”
Fair enough. And, while recognizing the observable and the now, incomplete when one considers the actual actions of President Obama that irremediably affect our and other nations’ inhabitants futures.
With ObamaCare in a Hole, Will the White House Stop Digging?
The real obesity problem is with the government
The hockey stick is dead. It was a fraud
Fiendish plot to create government daycare
Will Small Businesses Stop Offering Health Insurance If Reform Passes? I think that's their plan
Seems quite clear now that the O did not write his books
Dr. Government by Sen. John Kyl
Euroland should just give up on Socialism and try real Communism. It works just great.
Related: Are we witnessing the collape of Liberalism? at Am Thinker. How's that for whiplash?
Now is the time to buy your place in Spain. Or anywhere in the Balearic Islands. The Socialists have made a mess of their economy, so prices are reasonable. A pal recently bought a villa on the north coast of Majorca.
We loved this restaurant and tapas bistro (Las Olas) in Palma, Majorca. I ordered the gazpacho. It was beet - the gazpacho del dia. Remolacha. Wonderful, refreshing stuff for a hot day. I also tasted all of Mrs. BD's assortment of tapas, and we easily persuaded some wandering Brits to come into the place after I tasted the gazpacho and uttered an audible Wow.
I loved Palma. Lotsa photos below -
Continue reading "My summer vacation: I like Palma"
Monday, September 28. 2009
The new museum in Athens. Sounds good.
Bring it on! Coldest winter. But I was sorta hoping for some global warming by now. They promised!
We like John Kasich. Wonderful fellow.
No flight schools?
I cannot believe that Radical Chic is still cool in California. It's so 70s.
Give us back our bullets. I have mine.
Whatever you say, Sen Kerry, but to me it's just a new tax:
A Liz Cheney update. Like her a lot. Rising star?
A day of repentenance and atonement, much like Lent for Christians like me. All are serious times, in which to take life very seriously - dead seriously - as this precious and brief gift of life deserves to be taken for at least some days of the year before we revert to our normal ways and habits.
We are all just animated dust, with God's spark. It's easy for me to forget that during daily life, when everything seems so important.
It's been interesting to me to see how many searches land on our post from last year: The mice, rats, voles, shrews and lemmings of New England.
It's gratifying to be useful to curious people.
Photo: The good old Meadow Mouse, properly named the Meadow Vole, common across the nothern part of North America, and good wholesome food for numerous predators. A lil' critter to be welcomed, because his presence means you have healthy lands.
Support hits new lows. Nobody wants this government mess. Just fix a few simple things, and all will be well.
Samuelson: It's just an exercise in ego gratification. No, it's worse than that: it's about power.
The cost? It's hidden in unfunded mandates for the states to pick up. They will just love that.
This loony, grandiose big government snafu is a train wreck waiting to happen, and Casey Jones is driving that train, high on cocaine. Better watch your speed.
Works as well as an aerobic workout. Today's photo of one of our farm staff is for our male readers' health. We need to keep them alive.
We commit 6 felonies/day? Heck, I am sure I can do more.
America's ridiculously large economy. India's national economy is equal to that of the NYC metropolitan area. Sheesh.
George Will likes Marco Rubio
Neoneo: Are they laughing at us?
Stop allowing the Left to set the rules
Fineman: The limits of charisma. Somehow the charisma never really affected me.
Sunday, September 27. 2009
At American Scholar. Well done, Prof Chase.
An evening departure from Monte Carlo harbor, headed to Barcelona:
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