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Saturday, September 19. 2015
Undaunted: Attended a charity event last night at which Dinesh D'Souza was the main speaker. A Christian social conservative, entertaining and forceful speaker. He noted that he has had a bumpy year or so (no kidding) and that he has a new documentary coming out next year. I liked him. I just don't get the big fuss about physician-assisted suicide. What's wrong with a little morphine to ease the dying?
Groups Blast Park Service For E-Cig Ban - Vapor contains as much nicotine as eggplants or tomatoes
The Truly Stupid Case For More ZIRP
Conservative student at Yale called ‘bigot,’ pressured to leave campus by peers
The Distorted World of Ta-Nehisi Coates
"Stiff-necked, hateful, and racist blacks are doomed to squander the blessing of having been born in America – the greatest land of opportunity on the planet."
Are Democrats and Republicans talking about the same country?
Democratic elites don’t seem to care much about equality
Obama's Recovery In Just 9 Charts
elites don’t seem to care much about equality - See more at:
Primaries: The Fall Reset
Says Moonbattery: "She has achieved exactly one thing in her life: marrying a dirtbag who constantly cheated on her but who thanks to Ross Perot was elected president."
Germany: Migrants' Rape Epidemic - "We Are the Biggest Brothel in Munich"
Top Imam: Muslim Migrants Should Breed With Europeans to “Conquer Their Countries”
35 MILLION migrants heading to Europe, says Hungary as it builds second fence
US Military Deploys Two Airsoft Battalions To Syria For ‘Operation: Softening Blow’
Is Europe Losing Control Over Its Destiny?
The paper makes a (dubious) economic argument. What about cultural preservation?
Magical Thinking in Indian Agriculture
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Dinesh D'Souza certainly went 'all in' against Obama in 2012. I bought two copies of his documentary and passed them on to friends with the instruction; watch and pass on.
Oddly I have but didn't finish his latest book, I started it but became depressed and put it down. Wonder why?
Groups Blast Park Service For E-Cig Ban
The Park Service is obviously in the pocket of Big Tobacco, because smokers gonna smoke. Not to mention, all those discarded butts means more risk of forest fire, so there is the fire jumper lobby as well.
The Brits on the other hand have flipped on e-cigs
The government now says vaping with e-cigarettes is such a good thing that we should be prescribing it and smokers should be rushing to take it up. It’s 95 per cent less harmful than smoking, it’s helping people to quit tobacco and there’s no evidence it’s a gateway into smoking: rather the reverse.
Less coffin nail and more therapeutic treatment.
"US Military Deploys...."
You put that in to see if we were paying attention, right?
BD, you may be interested in this YouTube video. In it, a frightened German woman questions prime minister Merkel about the danger of Muslim immigrants destroying German culture. In it, Merkel says Germany has already been changed by the 4 million Muslims already there, that Germany is as much Muslim as Christian, and because of the predations of the Nazis, Germany is in no position to reject immigrants. She tells the woman to go to church and look at the paintings. This is the most disheartening video I've seen for a long time. Merkel has given up and will not protect the German people.
"Merkel says [...] that Germany is as much Muslim as Christian..."
She is not too wrong, though that comment speaks more about "Christian" than it does "Muslim". Modern German society has become overwhelmingly secular, a deliberate choice Germans have made themselves by drifting way from their churches. No surprise then that Christianity should hold little cultural significance to Germans these days.
Add to that a nation still dealing with the legacy of Hitler - a legacy that has made even a simple sense of patriotism tricky for Germans - and you've got a country full of neuroses and self-doubt when it comes to asserting its own identity, its "German-ness".
"What's wrong with a little morphine to ease the dying?" Nothing wrong with that - that's palliative care.
What is wrong is the lethal dose to "ease" the person out of life. Plus the fact that many people are encouraged or scared into "easing" out of life, when they really don't need to if their care was properly managed.
"What is wrong is the lethal dose to 'ease' the person out of life. Plus the fact that many people are encouraged or scared into 'easing' out of life, when they really don't need to if their care was properly managed."
Sadly, an alarming percentage of our doctors here in Canada seem all too well disposed to convert their profession to human veterinary medicine these days.
Seems to me it's only a matter of time until the new collectivists in the USA set up "early out" arrangements to save medical costs and reduce the knowledge base even farther. Look for sliding-scale bonuses for "folks" in their sunset years to take the pill and check out. I figure $20K will net quite a few at first -
My first introduction to Dinesh D'Souza was after my first trip to New York city. I am a Canadian and though i had traveled in many parts of the U.S. I had never been to New York City. When I went there I felt that it was like a different country. It was a culture onto it's own. When at the airport I saw his book "What's So Great About America?" This was an excellent book. It describes America from an outsiders point of view. It helped me to understand America with many many "ah ha" moments. One of my favorites is that he says "America is a philosophy as well as a county. Therfore it makes sense to say pro-American or anti-American but no sense to say pro- Canadian or anti-Canadian.
What is great about this book over all others is that it is a book that takes a middle view of America that can be respected and strongly considered by those who take more extreme views of America, left or right. It helps Americans more than any book I know to understand themselves as well as non-Americans understand Americans. For me, my respect of Americans skyrocketed and I think i know Americans far more now than most Americans know themselves. I understand the root foundations of the American psyche that make them unique in the world. All Americans should read or better yet listen to the audio book version of "What's So Great About America?" It is not a "preach to the converted" book. It resonates to all! Your view of America and Americans will never be the same again.
Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day:
" Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken
Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. Mark Twain
And since it's election time in my country and working up to a presidential election in yours:
"Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods."
- H. L. Mencken
Sometimes a writer conducts himself so poorly and shows so little skill that, no matter how often a publication gives him the opportunity to express himself, he continuously strikes a false tone. Ta-Nehisi Coates holds the record for such arrogance and self-importance as do the National Review and the Atlantic for giving him space to spout his liberation theology of victimhood.
One should remind him that the continents most responsible for originating, continuing and institutionalizing slavery, violence and sexual abuse are Africa and Asia, not the United States where he is privileged to get paid for creating such babble.
I'm betting National Review gave him space with the idea of giving him enough rope to hang himself.
As for the Obama economy charts - they are telling, but I don't hold him as solely responsible. Other Democrats and many Republicans did their share.
The thing about liberals and preserving culture - it only matters if it's someone else's culture.