Thursday, February 26, 2004


Keith Burgess-Jackson and many other conservatives have been appalled at Andrew Sullivan's extreme, irrational and hysterical reaction to GWB's opposition to homosexual marriage. From the way Sullivan speaks, you would think GWB was out to murder homosexuals. Sullivan is of course himself a homosexual so I was not myself surprised by his reaction. Homosexuals themselves now normally claim that they are genetically different and it is certainly my observation that over-emotionality is very prevalent among them -- wicked of me though it no doubt is to say so. And it is not the first time Sullivan has been noticeably irrational. His expression of contempt for British culture (he is himself British-born) is hard to see as anything other than an emotional outburst (See here and here).

Marriage: "It's really nothing more than a private contract between two individuals, consecrated by their notion of God. At least that is how it started. It was a completely non-governmental arrangement -- until the Socialists weaseled into the deal with promises of 'official certification' by the State. The recognition of this fine institution of human companionship by an artificial entity (government) proved to be the camel's nose under the tent, with the hump of regulation over the private affairs of individuals soon to follow."

An appalling tale in "Spiked" of an influential medical researcher determined to condemn the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine as a cause of autism -- without any scientific foundation and for his own personal gain. How many kids have become seriously ill for no good reason because of this greedy crook's lies and distortions? I know what I would like to do to him. This anus of a so-called doctor is particularly despicable to me because, as a libertarian, I cannot support compulsory vaccinations. Yet I hate to see kids suffer and and be permanently damaged needlessly. So the alternative is to persuade the parents that vaccination is a good thing to do -- and putting needless scares into parents about vaccination seems to me in the circumstances to verge on the criminal. As the "Spiked" article says: "One speculative paper, now utterly discredited, has had the effect of reducing the uptake of MMR far below that required to maintain community resistance to measles, mumps and rubella." For the record, my own son has had every vaccination going.

Conservatives have been saying this for a long time: "Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, stepping into the politically charged debate over Social Security, said Wednesday the country can't afford the benefits currently promised to the baby boom generation. He urged Congress to trim those benefits"

Probably more just than the official response: "An air traffic controller who ordered a passenger plane into the path of another aircraft over Germany - a crash that killed dozens of Russian children - was stabbed to death Wednesday"

Naderism's dark underbelly "Yes, the same man who rails against corporate welfare - because it coercively takes money from taxpayers and funnels it to corporations - has set up a rather ingenious, if underhanded and manipulative, way of coercively taking money from college kids - and funneling it to Ralph Nader".

Amusing: The Socialist International has just had a meeting in China and the Australian Labor party sent along a representative. His comment to his hosts was rather acid: "China's opening up policy is quite successful. If one looks at China's TV programs and reads the youngsters' state of mind, one has this to say that if China's march toward the world is compared to a film, then the film is one just started."

Martha Stewart's surreal ordeal: "This statement highlights what this trial is about -- not insider trading, but the right to declare one's innocence, even when the government later agrees with the declaration. Surely if others attempted a similar defense in the face of a Kafka-esque judicial machine, the bullying Justice Department would be seen for what it is, forcing it to assume a lower profile and move somewhere behind the front line of the government's funding trough."

Carnival of the Vanities is up again with its condensation of the blogosphere.

A humorous test to discover if you're a conservative, liberal, libertarian, or a communist here


The Left have always wanted more spent on welfare and made "Fascism" a swear-word. President Bush deposed a brutal Fascist dictator and sponsored a big expansion of welfare. But instead of being admired by the Left, he is hated with a passion. What does that tell you about the Left? It tells you that they have no principles at all: That everything they have ever claimed to stand for is fake.

Two more examples of Leftist dishonesty: They blame the 9/11 attacks on "poverty" in the Islamic world. Yet most of the attackers were Saudis and Saudi Arabia is one of the world's richest countries! They also say that they oppose racism yet support "affirmative action" -- which judges people by the colour of their skin

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