Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Do The Right Thing

I stumbled across Gov. Mike Huckabee's book on Christmas Eve, while grocery shopping in Costco. I thumbed through it a bit and I think it's fair to say, it sucks. I won't even link to it.

In one chapter, the Huckster conflates the pious Dr. Ron Paul with the anti-religious faction of the libertarian movement. In another chapter, Huckster goes ga-ga for militarism and imperialism. He hopes that American boys (and girls now, because we have no sense) will continue signing up in large numbers to get their arms and legs and faces and nuts blown off while doing the same to men, women and children in countries the world over that never attacked or threatened the United States. If they don't -- and who could resist such a proposition, really -- he plans to dragoon them into various, uneconomic "public works" projects, all for the greater glory of the State.

If the Reverend Huckster really wants Americans to do the right thing, he might begin by encouraging them to study the Christmas Truce of 1914, a brief, shining moment when men summoned the courage to heed the Prince of Peace rather than butcher each other in the service of the Father of Lies.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

TASER death?

San Jose to pay $70,000 to settle TASER death

The author of the article, Mr. John Woolfolk, neglected to mention that the late Mr. Rios, in addition to being morbidly obese, had a 98% blockage of his coronary arteries due to cocaine abuse. The police became involved when Rios began beating his wife in public. Call me old-fashioned, but I see this as a lifestyle issue not a "TASER death."

So the widow Rios now gets $70,000 of the taxpayers' money, in addition to whatever other subsidies she soaked up over the years while living la vida loca with an unproductive, drug-abusing, violent fatass. Makes you proud to be an American.

Moonbeam gives me a reason to support Proposition 8

I opposed Prop. 8, though I am sure the gay lobby would disapprove of my reasons:
  • I believe in rendering unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's; for that reason, I believe in strictly limiting the number of things that might arguably be said to belong to Caesar. This whole fight, on both sides, is not about marriage but about Caesar.
  • The government can decree cats to be dogs. It doesn't change the facts or my thinking.
  • If my experience in dealing with gay domestic violence is any indication, gay divorce should be hugely entertaining ("'No on 8. Bring popcorn' What does that mean?" "You'll see...").
Still, I am old enough to remember when the gay battle cry was to get government out of the bedroom; now they're saying their relationships are meaningless unless the State is a third party to them. And I have a long-enough memory to know that when the Left promises that a particular initiative is not the camel's nose under the tent, that we'll have the whole camel inside sooner rather than later. Fortunately, we have an Attorney-General of Jerry Brown's candor to let us know what's really up:

Jerry Brown urges court to void Prop. 8

The kicker comes in the penultimate paragraph of the article:
Brown compared his decision to oppose Proposition 8 to Attorney General Thomas C. Lynch's decision to oppose Proposition 14, a 1964 constitutional initiative that overturned a state law that prohibited housing discrimination based on race.
So Jerry Brown sees "gay marriage" as a means to further seize control of private property, and to ride roughshod over property owners' freedom to associate -- or not associate -- with whomever they choose. So much for "No on H8's" bland assertion that "gay marriage" is nothing to fear.