Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Once again I pick out what I think are my best posts for the week:

On Dissecting Leftism I argue that homophobia is a myth.

On Political Correctness Watch I note a case where a false accusation of rape that could have landed a man in jail for 40 years got only a 30 day sentence.

On Greenie Watch I suggest that global dimming theory looks like upsetting global warming theory.

On Education Watch I point out that the U.S. government cannot tell the difference between real university degrees and diploma mill degrees.

On Socialized Medicine I point out that what U.S. hospitals charge patients is whatever they think they can get away with.

On Gun Watch I note where having a gun emboldened a 79 year-old to confront a maniac.

On Leftists as Elitists I point out that Leftists fear the majority.

On Marx Words I tell you all you need to know about Hegel in one easy lesson.

On A Scripture Blog I say that it was mainly the common people who originally worshipped Christ.

On Majority Rights I point out that Engels supported American exceptionalism -- sort of.



Keith Burgess Jackson is starting up a group blog to be written by conservatives with philosophy degrees. I am delighted to see that Jim Ryan is going to take part. Jim and I had some good debates when he ran Philosoblog. Keith needs more members to make it a goer yet, though, so if you know any conservative philosophers (a pretty rare breed) tell them about it.

Eleanor Spreitzer writes: "Do you enjoy watching Charlie Chaplin on TV - you know those old movies - "The Little Tramp" etc. What joy he brought to the whole world - Queen Elizabeth knighted him - the English were so proud of Charlie. Guess what - all things being equal - today - the Loony Left would have fined him, thrown him in jail etc., - why? - because how politically incorrect can you be????? The little TRAMP???? How dare anyone use such a harsh word as "TRAMP". He might have gotten away with the "Little Homeless Person". But probably not. (And beside that, the Public just wouldn't have embraced "The Little Homeless Person" with the same sense of endearment as "The Little Tramp" - would it?). The whole idea and creation of "The Little Tramp" would have been scrapped - what a loss".

V.D. Hanson puts a good case to say that America's influence in the Middle East has been vastly strengthened by the intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. No Islamic State wants to be next on the list.

No wonder the Dutch are having big problems with their minorities! A big academic research program reported in 2001 shows that there is a huge IQ gap between the Dutch and the immigrants: "the mean IQ of third world immigrants in the Netherlands is lower than the Dutch mean by approximately one standard deviation for Surinamese and Antilleans, and by approximately one and a half standard deviations for Turks and Moroccans. Since IQ tests provide the best prediction of success in school and organizations, it could be that the immigrants' lower mean IQ is an important factor in their low status on the Dutch labour market"

It must be all that sophistication: "Europe has the world's highest suicide rate and cases are rising among young people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr Gudjon Magnusson, WHO director for Europe in charge of mental health, told SocietyGuardian.co.uk that Europe needed to lose its shameful record of 17.5 suicides per 100,000 population. Of around 30 countries which gave data to the WHO, Lithuania had the worst rate at 44 suicides per 100,000, the UK nearly seven per 100,000 (higher than Italy and Malta) and the lowest number was in Azerbaijan at 1.41 per 100,000".

There is a rare translation from the Afrikaner press of South Africa here which suggests that big upheavals are to be expected there soon. Anti-white attitudes appear to be hardening among members of the government.

A very good brief explanation here of how the U.S. presence in Iraq is an application of the high ideals of the American founding. Leftists really are disgraceful for the way they have from the beginning completely closed their eyes to what the Saddam Hussein regime was like. But they ignored the realities of Soviet Russia for around 40 years so it's no surprise. Reality is just not their scene.

New Sisyphus has some excellent comments on the hatred of Fox News: "The rise of Fox News has riled the MSM and all good-thinking liberals everywhere. Especially risible to opponents of Fox is its motto of bringing "Fair and Balanced" reporting to American television. As everyone knows, Fox is most un-fair and definitely un-balanced in that it makes an attempt to understand the views, values and concerns of the roughly 50% of the American public that tends to be conservative and vote Republican. These people, being morons, have no place in public discourse, let alone in real journalism, as any New York Times or BBC reporter would be happy to explain to you".

My latest posting on MarxWords shows that Engels mourned good harvests! My latest posting on "A scripture blog" has an extended look at the meaning of "Logos" in John 1:1



That power only, not principles, is what matters to Leftists is perfectly shown by the Kerry campaign. They put up a man whose policies seemed to be 99% the same as George Bush's even though the Left have previously disagreed violently with those policies. "Whatever it takes" is their rule.

Leftists are phonies. For most of them all that they want is to sound good. They don't care about doing good. That's why they do so much harm. They don't really care what the results of their policies are as long as they are seen as having good intentions.

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