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Thoughts on internet comments

by Greg Krehbiel on 30 July 2014

Not comments here, of course. :-)

I was reading a post elsewhere on the internet, along with some of the comments attached to it. Of course the comments amounted to “I hate you” or “I love you” or “Here are some irrelevant thoughts.”

It got me thinking how nice it would be if all comments were moderated by a fair-minded, rational person, but of course that’s impossible.

Instead, I’ve come up with another tactic that might help. While I don’t generally approve of such language, I think it might be good for everyone to adopt the habit of saying (quietly, to themselves, in the voice of Dan Akroyd) “Jane you ignorant slut” before reading any comment. It might put it all in perspective.

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Impeachment and gamesmanship

by Greg Krehbiel on 30 July 2014

I think Obama is intentionally committing impeachable offenses because he knows impeachment would be political suicide for the Republicans. This gives him a clear path to do whatever the heck he wants — like offer amnesty by executive fiat — with no consequences.

It’s a clever (albeit cynical and un-American) move on his part.

-- 4 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-07-30  ::  Greg Krehbiel

An end to crony capitalism?

by Greg Krehbiel on 30 July 2014

I’m thinking maybe it’s time for a barbarian invasion.

That might be the solution to the increasing problem of Big Everything-ism. Big Government Aligned with Big Business is one of the recurring problems of our time.

See, for example, Emails Show Cozy Government-Insurer Alliance, Expectation of Bailout

How do you stop this juggernaut? Business contributions keep people in power, and the people in power keep funneling money and favors to their donors. Then the politicians have the nerve to decry crony capitalism and pay lip service to concerns about corporate power.

Perhaps some radicals need to take over and turn the whole system on its head.

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The fight between feminists and trans-folk

by Greg Krehbiel on 29 July 2014

This is a strange new world. What Is a Woman? The dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism.

Trans women say that they are women because they feel female—that, as some put it, they have women’s brains in men’s bodies. Radical feminists reject the notion of a “female brain.” They believe that if women think and act differently from men it’s because society forces them to, requiring them to be sexually attractive, nurturing, and deferential.

This is very confusing.

From the feminist perspective there are not male and female brains, only human brains. So from that perspective you might suppose that being male or female has to depend on your biology, but apparently not. Being female seems to depend on having endured society’s efforts to force you into a female role.

I will not call a male “she”; thirty-two years of suffering in this androcentric society, and of surviving, have earned me the title “woman”; one walk down the street by a male transvestite, five minutes of his being hassled (which he may enjoy), and then he dares, he dares to think he understands our pain? No, in our mothers’ names and in our own, we must not call him sister.


Modern “progressives” will probably reject the idea that “gender” is determined by genes, but then they have to decide what, exactly, is determinative: your genitals, or how you were raised, or how you feel at the moment.

-- 3 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-07-29  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Let Obama play golf and let’s hire a caretaker president

by Greg Krehbiel on 29 July 2014

President Obama’s competence problem is worse than it looks, says Chris Cillizza. And it looks bad.

I think he’s set a record in screwing up the world. Russia, the Middle East and the southern border are all a mess — all at once. He should get a prize for that. Next on the agenda we’ll pick a fight with China. Or maybe invade Canada.

You may think I’m not being fair. Those problems aren’t his fault. He didn’t force Hamas to fire at Israel, or ask ISIS to take over parts of Syria and Iraq, or cause the Iraqi government to fail, or make Putin take a gambit in the Ukraine, or … well, maybe he did invite people to storm our southern border. At least that is debatable.

The point is that he wasn’t engaged enough to stop it, or competent enough to deal with it.

The U.S. has to be involved in the world. As much as isolationism appeals to me — and it really appeals to me — it’s simply too dangerous. The world is full of very bad people, and it’s a safer place when U.S. power is keeping things in order.

Obama is clearly unfit for the job and he needs to be sidelined. He can keep going to fundraisers and making his snide, sarcastic comments. He’s good at that. But for the sake of the country we need somebody else running things — the way everybody said Cheney ran the Bush administration.

The amateur we have in the White House right now is simply too incompetent for the office.

-- 2 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-07-29  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Let illegals in, but no minimum wage?

by Greg Krehbiel on 28 July 2014

If we’re not going to apply our immigration laws to the people pouring over the southern border, why don’t we say, “Fine, you can come in, but the minimum wage laws don’t apply to you”?

I’m not being serious, but it would be interesting if somebody in a position of influence offered some new idea, rather than just spouting the same talking points we’ve been hearing for weeks.

That was one thing I liked about Jesse Ventura. He was a bit of a nut, but he would say interesting things and give new ideas. Now it seems politicians are too constrained by their handlers.

-- 5 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-07-28  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Recycling and those stupid brown bags

by Greg Krehbiel on 28 July 2014

The local tyrannical government has decided that grass clippings can’t go in the old-style plastic bags any more. They have to go in brown paper bags or in specially marked cans. This will undoubtedly save the world from something.

The real goal here is to transfer costs from the government to the consumer (the plastic bags were harder to process) and, of course, to annoy us — because the more they annoy us about environmental things the more we get our consciousness raised, and that makes us all better people. Just thinking about the environment is a sign of sanctity. It’s the modern version of prayer.

Also, government seeks to annoy us simply because it can. I know, you thought recycling was to meet some environmental goal. Ha ha.

This past weekend was the first time I had to mow the lawn and put the clippings in these stupid bags. Here’s why they’re awful.

  • The mouth of the bag isn’t large enough for the grass catcher, so dumping the grass into the bag is a pain in the rear. Grass spills all over the place.
  • There’s no easy way to close these things. The old bags you could just spin around a couple times and tie the top into a knot.
  • Since the bags are paper they are not waterproof, so you can’t leave them outside.
  • They are far more expensive than the old lawn bags.

But … they’ll save the planet and make us all better people in the process.

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“Progress” towards “gender equality”?

by Greg Krehbiel on 28 July 2014

This article — Stop Fem-Splaining: What ‘Women Against Feminism’ Gets Right — mentions “progress toward real gender equality” as if that is something that everyone should certainly be for. As if it’s a fundamental value. Only a Neanderthal would oppose it.

Well, call me a Neanderthal. I don’t consider “gender equality” to be a reasonable goal. Women and men are not the same, and efforts to treat them the same in all situations do not constitute “progress.”

There are some things where women and men should be treated the same. E.g., they should have an equal right to face their accuser, a right to a trial, etc.

But there are some areas where it might not be appropriate to treat women and men the same, e.g., registering for the draft, time off after having a child, etc.

There is no need to force a misguided “equality” on every issue based on some counter-factual ideological agenda.

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The argument from lack of imagination

by Greg Krehbiel on 28 July 2014

Or lack of research. Or … just thinking your perspective is the only one that matters.

In any case, I saw this on a blog today.

[the] inability to imagine an effective argument is confused with the nonexistence of such arguments

I see this all the time. After a person has spent no time at all looking for alternative views, “What else could it possibly be?” is confused with “this must be the only option.”

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No cease fire with Hamas

by Greg Krehbiel on 25 July 2014

I agree with this article.

Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas

-- 9 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-07-25  ::  Greg Krehbiel

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