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Gov. Hogan — Off with some heads!

by Greg Krehbiel on 17 April 2015

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of the “free range” parents in the People’s Republic of Maryland who have been persecuted by the nanny state do-gooders for daring to allow their kids to walk to the park.

‘Free-range’ parents plan to file lawsuit after police pick up children

When I was a kid it was perfectly okay for 8-year olds to walk to the pool by themselves — provided they had passed the swim test. Kids walked all over my neighborhood and it wasn’t a big deal.

Since then we have gone absolutely crazy with “stranger danger” and coddling kids, but Maryland Child Protective Services and the Montgomery County police have taken it way too far.

The police abducted the kids and held them for three hours without notifying the parents!

If anybody did that to my kid I would be in jail the next day.

Governor Hogan, this is why we have executives. Heads need to roll.

-- 8 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-04-17  ::  Greg Krehbiel

The last white rhino

by Greg Krehbiel on 17 April 2015

With 1 male left worldwide, northern white rhinos under guard 24 hours

Call me callous if you like, but I don’t particularly care that a subspecies of rhino is going extinct. I say film the heck out of the thing, take some blood samples and so on, and then let it go.

Lots of large, dangerous, aggressive animals have gone extinct. Good, I say.

I don’t want to meet a dire wolf or a sabre-toothed cat, and I suspect that if I was a farmer in Sudan I would not want to meet a white rhino.

It’s a shame why these rhinos are going extinct …

Rhinos are targeted by poachers, fueled by the belief in Asia that their horns cure various ailments. Experts say the rhino horn is becoming more lucrative than drugs.

… but, IMO, it’s not that big a deal that they’re going extinct.

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Getting outside your own head

by Greg Krehbiel on 16 April 2015

I dreamed up a short story about solipsism the other day. If you care to give it a read, follow this link: the head game.

I’d appreciate comments.

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“But he’s my jerk”

by Greg Krehbiel on 16 April 2015

It’s very easy to overlook how much of a jerk somebody is if he’s on your side. It’s very hard to overlook even small displays of jerkiness from people on the other side.

I try to keep that in mind as I wade the putrid waters of the interwebs, but I don’t always succeed.

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Does Rand Paul have a tin ear?

by Greg Krehbiel on 15 April 2015

[As Pentamom points out in the comments, I originally (mistakenly) posted this as “Ron Paul.” I meant Rand.]

Rand Paul’s campaign just sent me an email saying that they’re giving away an AR-15.

People who are afraid of guns seem silly to me. I grew up around guns and I’m completely comfortable with them — mostly because the strict old guys who taught me how to shoot were fanatics about safety.

Today I was at a Safeway in D.C. and one of the stock clerks (a young black man) called out “Where’s my gun?” to another employee, who immediately (and very nervously) said, “Make sure you say ‘scanner’ not ‘gun.'”

I laughed and told the stock clerk that I wished he had a gun. Honest people with guns don’t bother me.

So I am completely okay with AR-15s, but even I know that giving one away as a campaign stunt is going to ruffle feathers and make people uncomfortable.

Why do it?

Is Hillary going to give away a …. Well, never mind about that. I meant to refer to a completely legal thing that nevertheless makes people uncomfortable, but … never mind.

Yes, people have a right to have a gun. No, this is not a smart thing to do in a political campaign.

-- 8 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-04-15  ::  Greg Krehbiel

The unravelling social fabric

by Greg Krehbiel on 15 April 2015

I believe it’s Mark Shea who says something like this — Step 1: “What could it harm?” Step 2: “How could we have known?”

What’s the harm, after all, in allowing consenting adults to fornicate? Who’s hurt by that? Well … it turns out that when you pull at loose strings you ruin the fabric.

Check this out. When love isn’t free.

A group that represents prostitutes says …

If it’s legal to have sex, the plaintiffs argue, how can it be illegal to pay for it?

I can absolutely guarantee you that when some liberal lawmaker proposed decriminalizing fornication, social conservatives objected by saying exactly that.

“If you make it legal, the next step will be legal prostitution.”

Which made the liberals scoff and smirk and say, “Oh, that’s ridiculous.”

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Chicken Little science is getting old

by Greg Krehbiel on 15 April 2015

I actually agree with them about this one.

Will a volcanic eruption destroy humanity? Scientists warn that world must begin preparing for explosive global catastrophe

The earth is a violent and unstable place. Really bad things can happen, and they can happen suddenly. It would be a good idea to have some contingency plans.

But I suspect that people are starting to look at scientists the way they look at guys with “The End is Near” sandwich boards.

(BTW, I don’t like linking to that site. It’s filled with inappropriate stuff. I recommend that for sites like that you use the “Read Now” plugin — which strips a page down to its essentials and makes it much easier to read.)

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Silliness about “he”

by Greg Krehbiel on 15 April 2015

‘They,’ the Singular Pronoun, Gets Popular

It’s often said that English has no singular, third person, sex-neutral pronoun. I think that’s wrong. We do have one. It’s spelled “he.” You can also say that “he” is both masculine and neutral, but that’s what caused all the trouble in the first place. If you say it my way you might possibly avoid the problem of women’s studies majors tossing fits because they don’t like being referred to with a “masculine” pronoun.

But then again, if you don’t give women’s studies majors an excuse to complain they can always invent a bogus statistic or something.

My way (“he” is not masculine but neuter) might raise the possibility that boys will toss fits that they don’t have their own pronoun, but that’s not very likely, IMO.

Anyway, somebody’s feelings were hurt, so the world-wide league of concern trolls decided we have to rewrite everything, or we have to bastardize innocent words like “they,” and in the process we mess up other grammar rules.

From the article above, …

A reader of this column may not like what they see in this sentence, for instance.

That not only bastardizes “they” but messes up “see,” as is illustrated if we write it correctly — “A reader of this column may not like what he sees in this sentence.”

The solution to all of this is simple labeling. Men aren’t special, so they get the ordinary, generic pronoun.

“When Fred came to work he was wearing a rain coat,” and “When the janitor came to work he was wearing a black hat.”

Women are special, so they get their very own special pronoun.

“When Sally came to work she was wearing some super-cute rain boots.”

-- 5 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-04-15  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Do liberals live in a “code word” reality?

by Greg Krehbiel on 14 April 2015

Hillary and the Liberal Way of Lying says that the secret to the Bill and Hillary method of lying is to make people feel as if they’re in on the deception.

For example, when Hillary gives us some transparently stupid story about her email habits, the initiated know that’s just the cover story, and that the secret message is “You understand what’s really going on. I can’t let the vast, right-wing conspiracy see my emails!”

The lies are …

… an invitation to an intoxicating secret knowledge.

What was this knowledge? That the lying was for the greater good, usually to fend off some form of Republican malevolence. What was so intoxicating? That the initiated were smart enough to see through it all. Why be scandalized when they could be amused? Why moralize when they could collude?

I’ve mentioned before how much I dislike the “code words” silliness. Liberals use it against conservatives all the time. E.g., a Republican says he wants to stop illegal immigration, but that’s “code” for hating on Hispanics. A conservative says he doesn’t like Obama’s foreign policy, but that’s “code” for hating Obama because he’s black.

This all makes sense if you assume that the liberal state of mind is that the true meaning of something doesn’t derive from the words that are actually spoken, but from the “secret knowledge” behind the words — Democrat lie on the one hand, or the “code” behind the Republican position on the other.

This theory explains a lot of things. It explains the reaction to Obama’s flip-flop on same-sex marriage. The initiated had “secret knowledge” that Obama’s denunciations were just for show, but they were in on the gag. When he finally reversed himself, the initiated caught the secret wink, wink, nod, nod. It was all understood from the beginning.

“Sure, sure, keep on saying that,” they think, “so you can fool those other idiots. We all know that you’ll come around to the right side as soon as you can.”

Truth doesn’t matter. There’s a secret meaning behind “77 cents on the dollar” or “1 in 5 college women” or “no, we’re not trying to destroy private health care and replace it with government single payer.”

The normal, rational, fair way to deal with this would be to hold people to their words. But the people who are supposed to do that are in on the gag.

-- 5 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2015-04-14  ::  Greg Krehbiel

“Teach woman not to rape” … etc.

by Greg Krehbiel on 13 April 2015

Instapundit has an ongoing theme on his blog about women and rape. He’s poking fun at the whole “rape culture” schtick from the left. He tags the posts with “teach women not to rape” and then links to some story where a woman in a position of authority — a teacher or a coach or something like that — has inappropriate relations with a minor. (There’s a fairly steady stream of such stories, BTW.)

Today he posted something about a Saturday Night Live skit that makes women on boy rape out to be a big joke.

His point, of course, is that there are two different rules. If a man had done this, it would be a Big Huge Deal. We’d be talking about a “rape culture” in the school, and there would be protests and endless jawing about it on the news. But when a woman does it, it’s a Big Smirk-Worthy Joke that ends up in an SNL skit.

I’m not sure if he’s pointing out the hypocrisy in order to ridicule the “anything you can’t do I can’t do better” lie from the left or whether he actually believes that we should apply the same standards to men and to women on such matters.

The hypocrisy is quite real and quite striking, and it should be shoved into the face of the left at every available opportunity — since they’re the ones who pretend to believe in equality. But the goal of pointing out the hypocrisy should be to show them how messed up, counter-factual and just plain stupid their sexual ethics are, not to push us further down this “treat men and women the same” rabbit hole.

Men and women are different and we should react differently when a man abuses a girl vs. when a woman abuses a boy. Of course female teachers shouldn’t be taking advantage of their students, and of course we should protect boys against abuse, but in saying that we want to avoid falling headlong into “everybody’s the same” stupidity.

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