Archive for November, 2007

28
Nov
07

You choose–Time delivers

I wrote this story today. It’s short but says something. I think.

“I support a woman’s right to choose. It’s as simple as that. It’s her body.” Linda repeated the statement as mantra, just as she’d heard it said to her so many times by her classmates at Stanford.

“But it’s a baby, or it could be,” said Neil. He sipped his coffee and leaned back in his chair. He smashed down a rising anger within.

“It’s the mother’s body,” she repeated.

That evening, Linda went to bed with the normal and human expectation of waking the next morning. She had no terminal disease of which she was aware.

But aliens from the planet Halmatrus decided that they wanted to experiment with human ethical reasoning. How far could the Halmatrusians stretch the ethos of any given human being? Linda happened to be one of the subjects chosen for the alien’s scientific experiment which consisted of this: A person was chosen who held strong opinions on a given subject. The human was then transported back in time, and placed in a situation that challenged the person’s ability to remain faithful to his or her professed beliefs.

“You will be sent back in time, Linda Higgins,” the chief scientist explained to her. “and there, you will make some very important choices that could change the future.”

Linda thought that this was a grand opportunity. How many people get the chance to change the future? She had several things in mind. Several ways in which she could make the time to come much better than it had turned out in the future.

One day, in the past, Linda found a young woman, about the same age as Linda herself, crying at a bus stop. It took Linda several minutes to calm the lady down.

“What’s wrong? Can I help?” Linda loved to feel as though she were helping those who couldn’t help themselves.

“I just found out I’m pregnant,” said the young woman. “I can’t bring up a baby alone. My parents will disown me.”

“There are options you know.” Linda reassuringly ran her hand over the crying woman’s hair. “There’s a family planning clinic down the street. Have you considered it?”

“I couldn’t.” The woman looked up at Linda, searching for Linda’s argument. It was then that Linda delivered the most beautiful, succinct speech on a woman’s right to choose if she gave birth or not. The speech was soft, yet strong; she gave all of the reasons that a woman should only have babies that they felt were fated for a good life. “This is a bad world, a tough world,” Linda said. “why bring a life to it that has less than it will need to thrive?”

When Linda was done talking, the woman felt better. She wiped the tears from her cheeks. Only a rose colored glow gave evidence that she had been crying. She was convinced and relieved. The woman knew, now and thanks to Linda, that she would not have to live with the burden of an unwanted baby.

Two weeks later, the woman scheduled an appointment with a doctor at the family planning clinic. And two weeks after that, she went in to have a procedure done. A procedure that guaranteed that the fetus growing in her womb would not grow too large and become what we call a baby, and that baby would not have to deal with the pains of life. That was how the woman made herself feel better about what she’d done. She’d spared the child unnecessary pain.

Guilt may have taken root in the woman if she had known the effects of her actions. Just as the doctor completed the procedure, Linda blinked from existence. She simply disappeared, leaving a void in space for a nano second. The void closed with a crack, leaving no evidence that Linda had ever existed.

If only Linda would have asked the young woman her last name. If only. She may have recognized the name as her mother’s maiden name. And then, Linda may have considered the metaphysical aspects of her actions, that she had endorsed her own wiping from history.

Back on the planet Halmatrus, the scientists there were awed by humanity’s ability to stand up for what it believed in.

23
Nov
07

Nothing New Under The Sun


Everything is worse today than it was yesterday. And tomorrow will be even worse than today. That’s what the papers and CNN would have us believe. And it’s all different too. The things they’re reporting have never happened before, it’s never been like this you know.

Only, it has.

It’s all the same crap, rehashed to make people look smart.

I’m reading Breakfast of Champions, written by Kurt Vonnegut back in 1973. Vonnegut was, while living, a champion of the left. I believe he may have had more influence on the current way of thinking amongst leftists than anyone. That is, complain about everything, make people believe America is terrible, and yet take advantage of all that America offers. Do it because you like to bitch. Do it because you’re smart. But just don’t look closely at the rest of the world, because you’ll be forced to admit that there, it’s even worse.

Breakfast of Champions was written in 1973. In it, Vonnegut spouts all the same stuff that liberals talk about today. We’ve poisoned our planet. Columbus was evil. Americans drop bombs on other countries simply because they don’t follow our rules etc. He conveniently ignores all the good.

But I like Vonnegut’s writing. He’s clever. He was also extremely depressed, even suicidal. His style has a sighing quality to it, one that says that life sucks and we all know it.

But geez, can’t liberals come up with something new?

22
Nov
07

To Whom are we thankful?

At the promptings of Rush Limbaugh, I decided to read the first Thanksgiving Proclamation, issued by George Washington.

The first thing that struck me is how succeptible I am to deconstructionist historians, primarily composed of leftist atheists. Even I had come to believe at a certain level that most of our founding fathers were deists, who avoided writing of God. In particular I have heard stated that George Washington was not a Christian.

I’ll let you decide what George Washington’s beliefs were. Read his speech, and imagine a curremt president giving it–imagine the screams of impending theocracy echoing from moon-bat land.

Here it is:

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of
Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and
humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of
Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the
people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be
observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors
of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to
establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of
November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service
of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the
good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in
rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and
protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a
nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable
interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late
war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have
since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been
enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and
happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted’ for
the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means
we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for
all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon
us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and
supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to
pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in
public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties
properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to
all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and
constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to
protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show
kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and
concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and
virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to
grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone
knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d dy of October, A.D.
1789.

G. Washington

That’s eleven references to God in some form. Just because American’s have the freedom to choose any religion, does not mean we are not a Christian nation.

Find another tree to bark up, lefties.

15
Nov
07

Why I wish Iraq had not happened

We should not have invaded Iraq.

Not because Saddam Hussein didn’t deserve the gallows, not because Bush lied, not because war is bad. Because it allowed the far left to gain the foothold they needed. They managed to stage a coup on reality, bolstered by their seemingly unbreakable hold on the major portals of information: Schools, newspapers and television. Now for years to come, I’ll be seeing Troops Out of Iraq bumper stickers, right next to pealing and faded Kerry/Edwards bumber stickers. I’m forced to listen to college undergrads discuss MTV Realworld or Nip Tuck in the same breath as geo-political events. Kids who’ve never had to fight for a damned thing in their lives.

I’ll have to hear how the fundies usurped the constitution, how this is the worst epoch of American existance–how it’s all so bad, bad, bad.

And of course, when (not if) Islamic Fundamentalists hit us again, I’ll have to hear how it’s all because we invaded Iraq. After all, history started with the birth of the people now in their sophmore seasons of university, right? All bets by the media are hedged on the fact that people don’t read history, don’t know about people like England’s Chamberlain and what the British media did to soften Hitler’s rhetoric–they published censored versions of Mein Kampf so that the British people wouldn’t stand behind war. The left wished to avoid war at all costs: 6 million jews inhaling Zyklon B would not have been enough for the liberals of that time to fight. I rest assured that the death of my children at the hands of fanatics will not be enough for the liberals of this time to fight either.

Eventually and probably, people will tire of being bombed, gassed and flown into buildings. They may realize this is not Shangri-La. I suspect though, that many more will have to experience those horrors before the West stops procrastinating and denying what our problem really is.

07
Nov
07

Guns, Germs, and Steel

Today I began reading Jared Diamond’s book, Guns,Germs, and Steel–The Fates of Human Societies. The book won the Pulitzer prize and in it, Diamond attempts to explain why he believes that cultures developed the way they did. For instance, why weren’t the Europeans conquered by North American Indians and why were the Incans, when discovered by Pizarro, employing stone tools used ten thousand years prior in Europe? These questions are largely avoided by modern science because of the terrible truths that may be uncovered should we delve too deep.

To my dismay, not more than say–ten pages into a prologue–Diamond is already displaying the usual pathologies of the political correct. He immediately erects a bulwark against accusations of racism by indicating that he does not, as many 19th century scholars did, think that the differences are because of innate intellectual features among the different races and he proves that he’s not a racist by doing what all unconscious followers of that great deceiver–Jean-Jacques Rousseau–always do: They become racists. He states implicitly that not only does he believe Westerners are not smarter than the indigenous populace of New Guinea,(where Diamond worked studying bird) but that the dark-skinned people of New Guinea are smarter than Westerners. To prove this, he takes up some two and a half pages, using the most inane anecdotal evidence one could imagine, (that is after he says there are genetic reasons for them to be smarter)such as Western children watching too much television and the children of New Guinea never watching it. He connects this to intelligence saying that studies prove that lack of stimulation at young ages reduces potential mental faculties. So his circular reasoning–with no scientific backing, only his general observations, which he admits–produces the conclusion that should a race be less intelligent so as to fail to produce a technology that MAY stunt intelligence, it is actually displaying higher intellect!

We have seen the results of Nobel Prize winning scientists who state that whites have superior IQs when compared to blacks. And if a scientist were to state that he is not racist–in the modern sense of the word–but continue to hold to racial superiority, he would be laughed out of his profession. Diamond displays racism. He says without blinking(because he knows where the outrage over race always comes from) that blacks are smarter than whites.

So I’ve already got an idea as to why this book received the Pulitzer Prize. It says exactly what the Highbrow Intelligentsia of the Pulitzer board want to hear–the Whiteman is bad and dumb, except of course for them.




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