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Henry the 8th — a short story

by Greg Krehbiel on 24 February 2018

Here’s a little story I dreamed up on the train last night. I hope you like it.

Henry the 8th.

 ::  Add your comment  ::  2018-02-24  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Strange things from a child’s mind

by Greg Krehbiel on 24 February 2018

Leaving on a Jet Plane came out when I was 3 or 4. It’s hard for me to express how much I hated that song.

I didn’t understand why she had to leave. It gave me some terrible kind of separation anxiety, I think — like people could just pick up and leave for no reason, and with no explanation. 

I was only a kid. I wasn’t aware of things like soldiers being sent overseas against their will because of the draft, or … you know. How life can make you do things you don’t want to do.

All I understood was that she was leaving and didn’t say why. I really hated that song.

 ::  Add your comment  ::  2018-02-24  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Quotes and examples requested for rewrite of “Eggs are Expensive”

by Greg Krehbiel on 23 February 2018

I’m going back through Eggs are Expensive, Sperm is Cheap to tidy it up a bit, and one weakness I notice in the text is a failure to provide any examples of the wacky, messed up modern view of sex and sex roles.

I don’t mean this kind of insane, feminist nonsense. That stuff is easy to find, and can be easily dismissed — since the author is clearly on the fringe.

Rather, I mean examples where generally sensible people make stupid statements about sex and sex roles. E.g., denying that the sexes are different, saying they’re different in one breath and contradicting it in the other, saying that whatever sex differences exist are entirely cultural, etc.

To the extent that you run across that sort of thing, please send it along.

3 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2018-02-23  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Those patriarchal Mars colonists

by Greg Krehbiel on 22 February 2018

I expected to hate this article, and to think of it as yet another crazy expression of “women’s studies” nonsense.

The patriarchal race to colonize Mars is just another example of male entitlement. (HT Instapundit.)

Then I thought there might actually be some good points in it. I — after all — am not afraid of the word “patriarchy.” While most people are conditioned to shudder with horror at the very thought, I think, “Oh, good. Where is it, please?”

The patriarchy is a very good thing. Most of the stuff you have is because of the patriarchy. Look around you. That is, if the men have been working and the lights are on, and if the Hun hasn’t carried you off to slavery because hard men are protecting you with evil guns.

If we ever become a multi-planet species (which we will probably have to do eventually), it will be because of risk-taking, powerful (and probably greedy) men.

These men, particularly Musk, are not only heavily invested in who can get their rocket into space first, but in colonizing Mars. The desire to colonize — to have unquestioned, unchallenged and automatic access to something, to any type of body, and to use it at will — is a patriarchal one. Indeed, there is no ethical consideration among these billionaires about whether this should be done; rather, the conversation is when it will be done. Because, in the eyes of these intrepid explorers, this is the only way to save humanity.

It is the same instinctual and cultural force that teaches men that everything — and everyone — in their line of vision is theirs for the taking. You know, just like walking up to a woman and grabbing her by the pussy.

It’s there, so just grab it because you can.

The desire to colonize — to have unquestioned, unchallenged and automatic access to something — is a patriarchal one.

Right. Women are so pure they don’t even want to own things. When you see them in the store, they’re usually giving stuff away to the poor and needy. And it’s all “organic.”

And how does Marcie Bianco (the lunatic who wrote the linked article) know that “there is no ethical consideration among these billionaires about whether this should be done”? I figure these guys are so rich they have plenty of time to sit around on the patio, being served cold beverages by gorgeous slaves in bikinis. With all that extra time, every once in a while they might ask an ethical question or two.

In fact, I hear Bill Gates asks a lot of ethical questions. But that’s just marketing, to fool us. All he’s really trying to do is grab everything he sees. The Gates Foundation proves it.

Bianco’s crazy idea that men think they can grab anything in their line of sight …. Yeah, that must have been what motivated the Cajun Navy to go rescue people in Houston. Did you see it? They were stealing everything, left and right. And I’m sure you’ve read the news reports about how all those people who were pulled out of flooded homes have been sold to Mauritanian slave traders. After they were raped, of course.

People like Bianco should be confined to a cell and forced to read Eggs are Expensive, Sperm is Cheap 100 times. But I’m not sure it would break through the crazy.

 ::  Add your comment  ::  2018-02-22  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Gonna tell you a story that you won’t believe

by Greg Krehbiel on 22 February 2018

No, I didn’t fall in love with a roller derby queen, but kudos if that was your guess.

I heard recently that in certain jurisdictions, if, in the context of a sexual relationship, you tell someone that something they said hurts your feelings, that’s … it’s hard to believe this, but … that’s sexual abuse.

The idea (if you can dignify that craziness with the word “idea”) is that you’re trying to emotionally manipulate the other person.

This kind of craziness seems to be the result of the intersection of a few things. First, going way too far with the concept of individual rights. E.g., I have a right not to be insulted, or not to feel bad, or whatever. Second, too many academics trying to find new ways to stretch concepts beyond any connection with reality. Third, too many lawyers. 

Another option, of course, is that the story is not true. I know that a judge said this, or something very like it, but … some judges are idiots.

1 comment  ::  Add your comment  ::  2018-02-22  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Incarceration crisis?

by Greg Krehbiel on 20 February 2018

I agree with the general gist of this article — ‘Decarcerating America’ Is A Powerful Call For Reform — that we lock up too many people and need to re-think our policies. But … gosh there’s a lot to hate in that article.

  • It seems rather absurd to claim that America “criminalizes … people who are LGBTQ.” Some places in America may criminalize certain actions, but … that’s a different thing.
  • This bugs me. “[P]ublic health, not retribution, is empirically and morally the correct frame for protecting public safety.” No, it’s not. There is an end to retribution. There is no end to “therapy.” That’s the sort of thing they used to do in the Soviet Union. Arrest people for wrongthink and then try to cure them.
  • “It cannot be overstated: structural racism undergirds the whole enterprise.” Prove it. I’m sick of those kinds of claims being tossed around so easily.
  • “We cannot incarcerate our way out violence.” Again, prove it. I’ve read that getting the bad guys off the street is the best way to control violence.

And what about the allegations that the system is anti-male? I’ve read (don’t know if it’s true) that men are more likely to be convicted and are more likely to serve more time in jail than women.

Anyway, yes, we should review what we’re doing, but no, we shouldn’t fall for liberal talking points.

1 comment  ::  Add your comment  ::  2018-02-20  ::  Greg Krehbiel

The next shooter is already out there, with a gun

by Greg Krehbiel on 20 February 2018

I had yesterday off, so I indulged in a little talk radio during the day, which is a rare treat. I heard a little of Rush, and he had some very interesting things to say about the school shooting. The one that grabbed me the most was this.

The next school shooter is already out there, and already has a gun and ammunition. What changes will stop him?

That’s not the only way to analyze proposed reforms. It’s okay to think about the long game too. But Rush’s point is worth considering, because there will be a next school shooter, and then a next, and then a next, and each time people will try to impose some new restriction that won’t do anything to stop the next one.

What can we do today that has a chance of stopping the next school shooter?

Banning assault weapons or large-capacity magazines won’t do it. Updating the background check rules won’t help. Getting rid of violent video games won’t change anything. Teaching people to value human life won’t help. Putting Jesus back in the schools won’t change anything.

I can only think of two (reasonable) changes that might help.

1. Change the rules for dealing with the mentally ill.

Right now, we’re powerless. Somebody can brag all day about how he’s going to shoot up some school, and nothing can be done.

We need to change that. If somebody is threatening violence, watch them, or put them away, or … something. I don’t know exactly what the procedure should be, and I definitely believe there has to be an appeals process and solid oversight. But something better can be done than what we’re doing now.

2. Put professional, armed guards in the schools.

I’m not in favor of arming teachers. I know too many teachers, so I don’t think that’s a good idea. But we put armed guards in virtually every other public building. Why should schools be forced to be sitting ducks?

11 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2018-02-20  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Print “unexpectedly” still not dead

by Greg Krehbiel on 20 February 2018

If you follow Instapundit (and you should), you’ll notice that he has certain reusable tags that he attaches to articles in a given theme.

There’re the references to the earth-shattering kaboom. There’s “teach women not to rape” (e.g., when female high school teachers rape students). There’s “they told me that if I voted for Trump …” (when something the media said Trump would do is actually done by his political opponents), and “Life in the 21st century isn’t turning out the way I expected” (for generally weird stuff).

He has a lot of them, and they’re not only amusing, but add some color to the blog.

I think the one that I like the best is “Unexpectedly.”

The theme generally goes like this. The media is so blinded by their straitjacketed view of the world that they’re completely sure things are going to go a certain way. Then, when things go a different way, the story isn’t how silly they were to be stuck in their narrow-minded view of things, but how “unexpected” the new development is. (People outside their echo chamber often don’t find it unexpected at all.)

That theme came to mind when I read an email from Bo Sacks (a guy who sends daily emails on publishing) linking to an article about the “mystery” that pulp is not dead. (The article is behind the Washington Post paywall.)

“People thought physical books were goners” …

Ha ha. Yes, people who drank the kindle / tablet / “death of print” Kool-Aid did.

Sensible people don’t find this “unexpected” at all.

4 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2018-02-20  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Nobody’s smart all the time

by Greg Krehbiel on 19 February 2018

Recently I’ve enjoyed listening to some Jordan Peterson videos. He’s a pretty smart guy.

I just tried listening to a video from Peterson about his belief in God. It’s stupid.

One thing I try to remind myself: nobody’s smart all the time, and nobody’s stupid all the time.

2 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2018-02-19  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Trump and the evangelicals

by Greg Krehbiel on 16 February 2018

A lot of people wonder how the “family values” crowd — people who allegedly believe in traditional sexual morality — could be so taken with Trump, who seems to have followed Hugh Hefner more than Jesus.

One possible explanation to consider: maybe TV (and the culture in general) has been doing what pro-family groups said it would do. I.e., undermine people’s belief in and commitment to traditional morality.

Traditional sexual morality has basically disappeared from TV. Characters on TV sleep around all the time. There is absolutely no stigma attached to sex outside of marriage.

So my theory is that this has had an effect on people. Evangelicals may pay lip service to traditional morality, but they don’t actually believe in it. So when it comes right down to it, when they see a story about Donald and Miss Whoever, their reaction is more, “well, she’s cute,” than “how horrible.”

11 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2018-02-16  ::  Greg Krehbiel

2018-02-16 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
Snark from NPR
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2018-02-15 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
The obligatory gun control post
2018-02-15 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
Good statement of principle
2018-02-14 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
“The political thicket”
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2018-02-06 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
A few random thoughts