Friday, August 29, 2014

If A Tree Falls In The Forest

... and a white person isn't there to see it, does it make a sound?

The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and subsequent spasm of media coverage was something to behold. During the weeks that passed as reporters were interviewing everyone and the rioting and looting were happening, young, black men were being shot elsewhere in significant numbers. I don't have the exact stats in front of me, but I seem to recall something like a dozen or so killed in Chicago alone in a 2-week period.

Those dead dudes in Chicago weren't profiled because no whites were involved. How racist is that? It's like black people have no meaning other than as fashion accessories for whites. No point interviewing the mothers of the dead black guys in Philadelphia / Newark / Detroit or wherever, no whites were part of the event.

Is there racism in America? Yes. Tons of it. Progressives' mania for finding evidence of racism is the source of the racism. Michael Brown's only role in life, or role in death, really, was to provide a stick to beat their political opponents. Without a white guy involved, with no way to turn this into proof of American racism, Michael Brown is just one more dead, black dude.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Open Mindedness And The Problem Of Evil

Time for blogging is at a premium, so my posts have been and will continue to be short for the time being. Here's another quicky.

Sand in the Gears has a blog post on the Rotherham poltroonery. If you're unsure of what that is, here's the synopsis.
News accounts from England reveal that over 1,400 children in the borough of Rotherham were systematically brutalized over the past decade. The authors of this damning report indicate that the actual number is likely much higher. The report also details gang rapes of 11 year-olds. Children doused in gasoline and threatened with matches. A “grooming” process that entails addicting children to drugs. Children murdered, others missing...

(T)he unavoidable reality is that on many occasions, Rotherham police came upon children being sexually exploited—in some cases, in the very instance of being raped—and arrested no one. The perpetrators are Pakistani; they might call us racists.
So the authorities knew it was happening, but did nothing. For years. Because they had been immersed in a culture of open-mindedness.

The whole concept of acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles presumes the absence of evil. When being judgmental becomes the worst thing possible, cultural safety barriers are removed, which assumes society doesn't need objective standards of morality. And so the barriers fell, one after another until children were drugged, raped and murdered by the hundreds in England. England.

When you're not willing to create hard and fast rules because someone might be offended, you allow the behaviors of the very worst members of society to determine what is right and wrong. Guess what? Nothing will be "wrong."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Van Halen II

... seems pretty underrated to me. I just picked it up off Google Play this weekend, the last of the David Lee Roth Van Halen albums that I didn't own. I remember back in the day how my friends all panned it, but I think it's got plenty of gems like this one, Women in Love. Apologies if this doesn't play on your phone. Some YouTube videos don't and I'm not quite sure why.


There's a live version from 2012 that shows the band can still play and they can still hit the notes when they sing. It's a fan video, so the quality isn't perfect, but it captures the sound well enough.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

One More Reason To Love The Cloud

When we go to Mass, I turn my phone off and leave it in the car. Coming back out, I turned it on and saw the message: "Your data has been corrupted. To reset your phone, everything must be erased."

Yikes!

The phone is a Galaxy S3 that is 1 month from renewal. I pressed the reset button, expecting to have lost all my information. It took a while for it to recover and reload information from the cloud, but in the end, it looks like the only things I lost were all my text messages. That's not too bad for a catastrophic data failure.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Richard Dawkins And Stephen Hawking

Champ atheist and all-around good guy Ricky D has made waves recently pitching hard for the mass slaughter of babies with Down's Syndrome.
The geneticist's latest Twitter row broke out after he responded to another user who said she would be faced with "a real ethical dilemma" if she became pregnant with a baby with Down's syndrome.

Dawkins tweeted: "Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice."
How about people like Stephen Hawking? Is it moral to let them live past a certain point? Their quality of life isn't very good and eventually, they're a net burden on society. The Rickster is a smart fellow and I'm sure he knows all kinds of shrewd dudes. Maybe they could come up with a simple Excel spreadsheet for us yokels to use to determine when to off ourselves, our babies and our relatives. We wouldn't want to be doing anything immoral now.

Say, something just occurred to me. Isn't Rick getting a bit long in the tooth himself? Something to think about, D-man. Eugenics isn't something that applies to everyone else, you know. If you don't do it universally it doesn't do much good.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Concealed Carry

Thinking about yesterday's post where I showed a police training video dealing with an attacker with a knife, I don't think concealed carry is a panacea for self defense. In the video, a cop has to have his hand on his gun and at least 21' of distance between himself and an attacker with a knife to have a good chance to survive. If your gun is concealed on your person, getting it out and using it effectively is going to take even longer.

I'd think that you'd have to be trained in both hand-to-hand combat and carry a concealed weapon to feel reasonably safe going in to bad situations. You'd also have to reflexively choose which to use in the split second things went bad.

Finally, if you want to see something really alarming, dig this.