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Equality

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Winston Churchill

In the status quo ante, people who got their health insurance through their employer* and developed a health condition while employed found themselves trapped in their jobs, unable to move to a new job or start a small business because they would face budget-busting health insurance premiums due to their pre-existing condition.

Thanks to Obamacare, everybody who gets their health insurance through their employer is similarly trapped, unable to change jobs or quit due to their inability to pay the budget-busting premiums. Of course, the problem is worse now because in the status quo ante, one could “go bare” and not pay the premiums at all.

Obamacare has achieve the inherent virtue of socialism.


* Thanks to World War II federal wage controls, instituted before the great majority of today’s Americans were ever born.

This cannot be real

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Ye gods.

What country do I live in?

Celebrating the president’s signature policy achievement.

“Oh my God, are we under arrest?”

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Here’s a report of what it means to be a subject of Barack Hussein Obama.

I note this in particular:

… the seniors were locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door.

“They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside,” she said. “Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.”

I have news for them. Yes, they were indeed under arrest. You know what the test for that is?

Ask, “Am I free to go?”

If the answer is, as in this case, “Not if you want to keep breathing”, then yes, you are under arrest.

But they were not the criminals in this situation.

The Perils of Propaganda, again

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Watching the behavior of politicians today, I can only reiterate what I said here:

I’ve been reading a bit about World War I (long story how that happened). The subject is really quite fascinating in a tragic sort of way, and there are occasional disturbing resonances between that time and today.

For instance, propaganda.

Of course, propaganda then was far less sophisticated and far less intrusive than it is today, but the governments did see the benefits of controlling what their populations learned of the enemy and of the governments’ own conduct.

The need for propaganda intensified as the war dragged on. It had been expected to last weeks or months (no one was foolish enough to claim “days or weeks”), but it continued for years with no end in sight, and people had to be encouraged to keep feeding their sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers into its maw.

The propaganda backfired, though. To quote a book I read called A World Undone,

People everywhere were being told that this war was no continuation of politics by other means, no traditional struggle for limited objectives. It was a fight to the death with the forces of evil, and the stakes were survival and civilization itself. It is no simple thing to make people believe such things and later persuade them to accept a settlement based on compromise.

The results of all the propaganda would be tragic. By raising the stakes of the war beyond the limits of reason, the propagandists ensured that whichever side lost would feel terribly, irredeemably wronged. And that whichever side won would find it difficult to deal rationally with the populations it had defeated.

I doubt our modern propagandists, who throw around accusations of terrorism and hostage-taking, see any lessons to be learned from World War I.

This will not end well.

Even a cat may look at a king

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

But subjects of Barack Hussein Obama may not look at their national parks. Not even from the public roads.

I note a comment in the article linked above:

“They won’t even let you pull off on the side of the road,” Hagen [secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism] said. “I just don’t know what they’re trying to accomplish.”

Seriously? You don’t know? Do you ever get out of the house?

Did you think I’d gone away?

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

No, I haven’t gone away. I have thought often about blogging on current events but, well, the only reasonable comment to make on current events is that it is safest to comment on current events only in private to trusted close personal friends with no record of the conversation.

I should not have commented on current events on this blog, but I spent my formative years in a free country and old habits die hard. There’s no point deleting the blog since it’s already archived and cross-linked with every phone call, the complete text of every email, every web access, every credit card or check purchase, and every move of my cell phone or vehicle. But there’s no point adding to my dossier.

Hateful blue state vermin, IV

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

I think I’m going to have to stop reading Why Evolution Is True. The commenters there are so utterly loathsome that it’s bad for my blood pressure. They’re still yammering on ignorantly about Oklahoma, but I’m not going to link to them because they don’t deserve it.

They object to Rebecca Vitsmun, an Oklahoma atheist who survived the Moore tornado, saying,

I don’t blame anyone for thanking the Lord.

Ewwww. How dare she respect the feelings of people who are injured, grieving for their dead, homeless, destitute, or shell-shocked! The only reason she would say that is because Oklahomans are so utterly evil that we would burn her at the stake or something if she dared criticize Christianity!

Here are samples of what passes for thinking over there:

BillyJoe: But she still felt she had to put an accommodationist statement right at the end.

Ant (@antallan): Fear of social approbation kicking in?

Ant (@antallan):* oops! :-O the other one: opprobrium

Pete Moulton: It is Oklahoma, after all.

Voltaire 2: I just hope her god-fearing neighbors don’t come after her and blame the poor woman for not being an xian. Maybe SHE brought this disaster upon us, for not worshipping their deity!

Those toads! I have absolute confidence that her neighbors do not care about her religion or lack thereof. There are bigots like Westboro Baptist Church and Lizz Winstead who pretend to believe that natural disasters strike people because they are bad people, but nearly all Oklahomans, like nearly everybody else in America, know better than that. No one, and I mean no one is going to bother Ms. Vitsmun in the slightest. They probably already know or suspect that she’s not a believer, and they do not care.

But no, the ignorant bigots at Why Evolution Is True go on with their paranoid fantasies:

Greg Esres: A good atheist should always be prepared for that sort of layup; it’s the one we all fantasize about. In the meantime, OK authorities will be trying to take her child away, since she’s obviously an unfit mother.

Oh yeah, we do that all the time here! Does Greg Esres have one particle of evidence to back up his paranoid fantasies? Of course not. He’s built up this delusion of fly-over country as this weird, alien, Fifth-Century hellhole where people like him would have to disguise themselves lest the ignorant peasants storm the hotel with torches and pitchforks. And he shares his delusion with others and they all build it up with more and more lurid details.

What a bunch of vermin.

rosie: Stupid Christians will look at this event as a sign of end times.

Some people are stupid. rosie, Greg Esres, Voltaire 2, Pete Moulton, Ant, and BillyJoe spring to mind. Rational people don’t judge the entire population by what the stupid part of it thinks. So I’m trying not to judge atheists by rosie, Greg Esres, Voltaire 2, Pete Moulton, Ant, and BillyJoe, but it’s hard even though I’m an atheist myself.

neil: I am still waiting for some idiot preacher to say that the reason god let the tornado happen is that the folks in OK aren’t praying enough.

Yeah, you can wait for that, and probably some idiot preacher will say something like that. And meanwhile idiot media vermin will say that the reason the tornado happened is because of sequester. Or conservatism. Or just living in fly-over country. Idiots say idiotic things. Witness the comment thread on Why Evolution Is True.

Here’s my experience with the crazy superstitious red-state Christians. I have been asked three times — just three — in my adult life about my religious beliefs.

The first was when a much older gentleman asked me if I was Catholic. He was, and he just wondered. I said no, and that was the end of it. We worked in the same office amicably until he died some years later.

The second was when a contractor, whom everyone regarded as a religious fanatic, asked me if I believed in God. I said no and … what do you suppose the red-state fly-over-country ignorant superstitious irrational fanatic Christian did? He gave me books that he thought would convert me! And when I told him that I found them unconvincing, can you imagine what the red-state fly-over-country ignorant superstitious irrational fanatic Christian did? He dropped the subject! The horror! I don’t know how I survived. I’m a real atheist martyr, I am.

And the third time was when a very dear friend who happens to be a devout Christian was struggling with the conflict between his religion and the science of evolution. Like many intelligent people in that position, he had come to accept a weak form of intelligent design: the universe, the Earth, and life are all old; all life derives from a single common ancestor via evolution; but there are a very few cases where God showed His hand by helping evolution along. He asked me if I believe that the flagellum was the product of intelligent design and I said I didn’t know but I didn’t think so. And he dropped the subject too.

That’s it.

That’s my entire story of oppression by red-state fly-over-country ignorant superstitious irrational fanatic Christians.

The blue state vermin over at Why Evolution Is True do not have a single clue about what life is like outside of their sheltered little existences. I ought to just feel sorry for them for their crippled imaginations, but it’s hard. It’s very hard.

Hateful blue state vermin, III

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

With respect to the vile vermin named Lizz Winstead, who thought that a tornado wiping out two elementary schools and a hospital along with most of a town was a suitable target for bigoted political “humor”, cullen observed that, “I doubt she made similar jokes about hurricane Sandy.”

I had the same thought, and last night I tried to come up with a comparable “humorous” observation about hurricane Sandy. This is the best I could do:

God got tired of NYC not cleaning rats out of the subways and sent hurricane Sandy to do it for them.

Ha ha, right? The dead, maimed, homeless, freezing, and destitute were just collateral damage so let’s all laugh.

No, it just won’t do. Somehow I need to work in that God was trying to exterminate what I regard as life unworthy of life, like the vile vermin named Lizz Winstead did.

I guess I won’t quit my day job. I don’t really have a talent for hate-filled, bigoted, eliminationist “humor”.

Hateful blue-state vermin, II

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Exhibit Two: Via Why Evolution Is True, we get the story of a Moore tornado survivor who was interviewed by a CNN reporter named Wolf Blitzer. Now, I don’t know much about CNN or Wolf Blitzer, but CNN has a reputation online for despising us red-state, fly-over people. So, Blitzer interviews a woman who escaped the tornado by the skin of her teeth, and he asks,

You’ve gotta thank the Lord, right? Do you thank the Lord for that split-second decision?

Well, I know enough about blue-state politics that I do not believe that question was in any sense sincere. I think he just wanted her to say, “Oh yes, thank the Lord!” so that he and his fellow minions could laugh at the idiot superstitious Okie. But she didn’t; she answered,

I — I’m actually an atheist … We are here, and I don’t blame anyone for thanking the Lord.

Now, I think that’s a perfectly reasonable response. She doesn’t thank the Lord because she’s an atheist, and why should she blame anyone for thanking the Lord, if that’s how they feel? What skin is it off her nose?

Of course, this is why I hesitate to read Why Evolution is True. Naturally one of the commenters screeched,

Shows what it’s like living in a theocratic state similar to Iran, only this is a Christian one. Same difference in my book.

Oh yes. We’re just exactly like Iran.

Well, except for the death penalty for apostasy, atheism, and homosexuality, of course. Other than that we just exactly the same.

And except for the women having no legal rights or protection and being property so that seven-year-old girls can be sold off as sex slaves “married” to fifty-year-old pedophiles. Other than that we’re just indistinguishable.

Oh, and except for the government not only encouraging but funding murderous terrorism. Other than that we’re just like them.

Yeah.

rogercottonsr = moron.

Hateful blue-state vermin

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

After Obama was elected the first time, there was a conversation between talking heads on television that went something like this:

“Oh, now the inbred incestuous subhuman red-state racist scum will want to secede because a black man was elected President.”

“In the first place, when Bush was elected the first time — and when he was re-elected — you were saying the blue states ought to secede. And in the second place, why wouldn’t they want to secede from a nation where the media almost uniformly regard them as inbred incestuous subhuman red-state racist scum?”

Well, they still despise us.

Exhibit One: some vermin named Lizz Winstead involved with “The Daily Show”, before the debris had even stopped falling out of the sky and the rescuers had begun digging dead children out of the rubble, tweated “This tornado is in Oklahoma so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives.”

Ha ha. That is so funny. Within minutes after the tornado hit, we knew that it had scored direct hits on two elementary schools and a hospital. For all that vermin knew there were hundreds of dead children. But hey, they were only red-state children, so their deaths are just hilariously funny.

I am too angry to go on with this.


Update: Edited to say “The Daily Show” instead of the “Today Show” since cullen corrected me. I’ve never seen either one so I didn’t know the difference, but at least I’d heard the name “Today Show”. That’s what I get for not copying and pasting unfamiliar names.