From Everest to the Dead Sea: how the personal became crucial

Is there an odder time to live in, when such small issues assume such strangely huge importance? Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” was certainly not the comment of an old-style gentleman, but did it really deserve the attention it received? There is something pretty strange about a healthy young woman demanding free tax-payer-funded contraceptives and pelvic exams as her god-given right, and it does tend to make one wonder what kind of life she leads to require such large-scale subsidization of her sex-life. The Democrats are even planning on having her talk at their Convention, so crucial is the issue most dear to her heart. We can only hope that she does not spend a great deal of time comparing the virtues of Ortho-Cyclin and Yasmin to Lybrel and Seasonique,

Then of course came the “War on Women”, a Democratic meme that seems, as far as I can see, to be an attempt to elevate hysterical politics (yes, I know, but I love the pun) into the central theme of this election. Senator Barbara Boxer stated at a Planned Parenthood meeting, in her usual low-key fashion, that “There is a war against women, and Romney and Ryan — if they are elected — would become its top generals.” It’s hard to see what exactly the Republicans could do to women, given that the Supreme Court has found in its intuitive wisdom that the framers intended their 18th century constitution to include 20th century mores, and there is very little Congress can do to overcome this. But no matter. The idea is much more important than its content, and it scarcely matters that this fear only has reality in the minds of those of the more liberal bent..

In the face of such Republican evil, it doesn’t appear to matter that Obama seems to have a kamikaze kind of attitude towards things economic: the Democrats clearly feel that the Divine Wind of Obama’s words is all the economy needs to thrive. It doesn’t matter that the Muslim Brotherhood has taken over Egypt, and is busily turning it into an Islamic paradise of the kind we know so well in Iran. The fact that these people are our sworn enemies seems to be no reason to stop giving them the one and a half billion dollars of foreign aid we’ve been giving them. If we just keep paying them, there’s surely no doubt that they’ll realize that we’re great people, and stop hating us quite as much as they seem to. They even suggest they not might attack Israel if we do.

No, all those things are unimportant, in the face of the Republican threat to women. Everyone knows the horrible things they’d surely do. We know it from their past actions. They might try to force women into the trauma of reading a pamphlet on the development of a fetus. They might force them to view an ultrasound of the baby. Worst of all, they might even change the wording of literature and imply that a new human being was developing in a woman’s uterus!

Now we’re talking. This is the kind of thing that a superpower should be most concerned with! These are issues worth voting for!

It’s interesting to consider what happened in the West to make us feel such small things were so important. But that’s for another post.

Obama the Wizard

There’s something about Obama’s pretensions that make one want to mock him. He was, after all, the man who famously said:

“I face this challenge with profound humility and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people … . I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal … . This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation.”

The extraordinary pretentiousness of this statement is breathtaking. And yet, he was also capable of saying things that were hilarious in their unintended consequences, for example:

“My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.”

So here I feel it entirely understandable that some unknown photographer caught him in a pose I am sure he felt was entirely appropriate: that of the Wizard holding the sun in his worthy palms…

Obama with the Sun in his hands

The Obama Administration’s Dishonesty

Obama Administration’s Dishonesty

What extraordinary dishonesty. I quote:

“She said the administration doesn’t have the ability to issue a stay of action for a broad category of people, but said the new policy is different because it invests decisions on a case-by-case basis with agents and officers, who are instructed not to pursue cases for those who meet the guidelines she laid out.”

How is it not a broad category of people when those who were brought to the US as minors are not to be deported? How is it a case-by-case policy when it includes everyone who fulfills certain criteria? How does this decision invest power with agents and officers when they are being told what to do by policy?

Obama the Conciliator…?

Obama

Salon comes through again, with a truly nutty interpretation of the Obama presidency.  It does make me wonder what world they are living in, when they call Obama too much of a conciliator.

Women Banned from Many Programs in Iran

Women Banned from Many Programs in Iran

And yet feminists say nothing…

Man in critical condition after being assaulted by black mob

The question I ask myself when I see things like this is: how long do we keep on making excuses for violence like this, simply because it is perpetrated by blacks? None of us would excuse violence by a white mob perpetrated on a black man. Trayvon’s death neither excuses nor explains this kind of disgusting thuggery. The newspapers make so much of incidents where a black man is killed by a white. We need to begin treating everyone equally, no matter their race, and punishing equally, no matter their race.

Teacher’s Unions

How interesting…  I would never have believed that a Democrat would say  this

To be a woman in the Middle East

Something that has always puzzled me… Why are feminists so silent about the people who do things like this? I sometimes think that it’s simply because feminism despises the West more than it loves women.

Do liberals understand conservatives?

An interesting study, which rather mirrors my own perception:  liberals really do not understand conservatives, while the reverse is not true.  This makes sense in a practical way:  you would have to live in a hermetically sealed barrel to avoid liberal views, which pervade our media.  But it’s relatively easy to avoid conservative views.  The result is that liberals are all convinced they understand conservatism; but really what they understand is the liberal construct of what conservatives believe.  It’s in no sense the reality of conservative belief.

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