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Don’t you dare slap that terrorist!

by Greg Krehbiel on 10 December 2014

I have very mixed feelings on what we’re calling “torture.” A few random observations.

  • Even the worst of what we’re doing to terror suspects is tame compared to what our enemies do to people. I’m not saying that justifies what the CIA did, but I am saying that sometimes we need to get some perspective.
  • Some of the things listed as “torture” seem lame (like slapping somebody), while others are pretty brutal (waterboarding).
  • I very strongly suspect that clever mind games are far more effective than torture at getting the information we need.
  • That the Arab world would get upset at us for the relatively tame things we do to prisoners, knowing what their own do to their prisoners, is very telling and speaks to their sense of justice.
  • IMO the #1 most important political principle is that power corrupts and no one can be trusted with it. It is absolute folly to allow the CIA — or any government agency — to run a secret program without intense, active oversight. Congress has once again failed to do its job.
  • Whatever prisoners we take, for whatever reason and in whatever circumstance, deserve some kind of legal representation and protection. I’m not saying they should get all the rights of a U.S. citizen, but they deserve some rights.
  • I am not comfortable with an absolute rule against torture in any and every circumstance.

-- 5 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-10  ::  Greg Krehbiel

75 smart women who know when to keep their mouth shut

by Greg Krehbiel on 9 December 2014

At the bottom of Married for at least 50 years, what’s their secret? is this all-too-typical comment.

“There are 75 couples in here, which means there are 75 very smart men in this room,” [Mayor Martin] Walsh said. “They all know when to keep their mouth shut.”

A mayor who implied that the secret of a long marriage is for women to know when to keep their mouths shut would be hounded out of office before sundown. But maybe not if he was a Democrat.

-- 4 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-09  ::  Greg Krehbiel

George Wasshington?

by Greg Krehbiel on 9 December 2014

I’ve seen some documents from early U.S. history that spell Washington’s name as I’ve put it in the title of this post — with an extra s.

American usage didn’t standardize until later, so it’s common to see weird spellings of things from that time. It’s not always because the writer was uneducated. It’s because there was no common standard. (Here’s a short article on the subject.)

Is the internet going to make this happen again?

Misspellings are not just a problem from social media or from typing with your thumbs on tiny on-screen keyboards. Just today I read a horribly edited article in The Atlantic and noticed several typos in articles from The Washington Post. Apparently copy editors are becoming a thing of the past.

Will this result in a general relaxation of standards for the written word?

-- 3 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-09  ::  Greg Krehbiel

A crow goes sledding

by Greg Krehbiel on 8 December 2014

This is pretty funny. A crow sledding on a lid.

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-08  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Winning the cat lottery

by Greg Krehbiel on 8 December 2014

Jeepers. This young lady has made a boat load by exploiting her grumpy-looking cat.

Grumpy Cat’s Owner, Formerly A Waitress, Says She’s Made Nearly $100 Million

“So, Mom, how did you make your fortune?”

“Well, children, I happened to get the right cat.”

-- 1 comment  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-08  ::  Greg Krehbiel

The only unenforceable contract in America

by Greg Krehbiel on 8 December 2014

In America, the only contract that is utterly unenforceable in law is marriage.

See Time to challenge no-fault divorce

-- 20 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-08  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Obviously we need more workers!

by Greg Krehbiel on 6 December 2014

Labor Force Participation Remains at 36-Year Low

I don’t understand how some people claim to be pro-worker and also in favor of bringing in more immigrants. Or have they forgotten about supply and demand?

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-06  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Social engineering nitwits point society toward a cliff while everyone else watches cat videos on Facebook

by Greg Krehbiel on 5 December 2014

When Obama said he wanted to “fundamentally transform America,” why didn’t the media challenge him?

“What’s wrong with America,” they should have asked, “that it needs to be ‘fundamentally transformed’?”

Perhaps they didn’t ask because the left thinks that change is good, especially if a liberal is doing the changing. Case closed. The attitude is to “burn it down” and hope that genius liberals can rebuild something better. Because, you know, they’re liberals. And geniuses. And have hearts of gold.

It irks me when “change is good” people mess with government or the economy or education or religion, but the fact that we’ve allowed these blind experimenters to mess with marriage and sex roles is a disaster from which we might not recover. Seriously. It would not surprise me if we’re just a couple decades from a major collapse.

This article is (mostly) worth reading: The Sexodus, Part 1: The Men Giving Up on Women and Checking Out of Society.

Social commentators, journalists, academics, scientists and young men themselves have all spotted the trend: among men of about 15 to 30 years old, ever-increasing numbers are checking out of society altogether, giving up on women, sex and relationships and retreating into pornography, sexual fetishes, chemical addictions, video games and, in some cases, boorish lad culture, all of which insulate them from a hostile, debilitating social environment created, some argue, by the modern feminist movement.

Oh, for crying out loud. Why get upset over something like this? It’s just young men who are checking out of marriage. Those are two things liberals don’t care about at all, unless someone feels unjustly excluded from one or the other. In that case it’s a big deal. Now if it was trans-gendered immigrants that were having a problem getting marriage licenses, that would be an issue we’d have to address!

Part of the article is a little whiny (about boys who are afraid to approach women) but there is some good stuff.

“I do see a lot of young men who would otherwise be dating and marrying giving up on women,” [Jack Donovan] explains, “Or giving up on the idea of having a wife and family. This includes both the kind of men who would traditionally be a little awkward with women, and the kind of men who aren’t awkward with women at all.

“They’ve done a cost-benefit analysis and realised it is a bad deal. They know that if they invest in a marriage and children, a woman can take all of that away from them on a whim. So they use apps like Tinder and OK Cupid to find women to have protected sex with and resign themselves to being ‘players,’ or when they get tired of that, ‘boyfriends.'”

People are giving up on marriage? Oh, so what? Who cares about marriage anyway? It’s just a piece of paper with some silly religious rituals associated with it. Let’s allow a bunch of social agitators to redefine it and mess with it and make it “fair.” That’s the smart, socially responsible thing to do. Isn’t it?

I’ve mentioned this before, but back when “marriage equality” was the cause of the week on Facebook, a friend posted “marriage equality” stuff for several days and then finally posted a question. “What’s the point of marriage anyway?”

That’s the kind of culture we have. People who don’t have any idea what something is about are eager to change it.

This is a huge problem, but only a few fringe blogs and books are even discussing it.

This is the sort of issue that you might expect the church to be out in front of, but more often than not the church is part of the problem, or silently complicit.

It’s the contention of academics, sociologists and writers like Jack Donovan that an atmosphere of relentless, jeering hostility to men from entitled middle-class media figures, plus a few confused male collaborators in the feminist project, has been at least partly responsible for a generation of boys who simply don’t want to know.

I know, I know. It’s just men. They can take it because they’re tough. There’s no need to get all upset about things. The family doesn’t matter anyway. Only the voter. And we’re replacing them anyway.

HT: Vox Day

-- 1 comment  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-05  ::  Greg Krehbiel

A different look at street harassment

by Greg Krehbiel on 4 December 2014

I’m not sure what to think of this article. What A 1951 Photo Tells Us About Modern Women’s Loss Of Power

I used to work with a woman who had the photo in question on her office wall.

-- 1 comment  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-04  ::  Greg Krehbiel

What does it take to avoid being part of “the rape denial playbook”?

by Greg Krehbiel on 4 December 2014

You’ve probably heard of the horrific story about a gang rape at UVA. It’s a horrible story, and if it’s true the men involved should be severely punished. But you may have also heard there are lots of things in the story that don’t make much sense, and some have even charged that the whole thing is a hoax. Stranger things have happened.

Today I read this piece by Katie McDonough: “It makes me really depressed”: From UVA to Cosby, the rape denial playbook that won’t go away

I challenge you to name a piece of reporting on rape or a survivor’s personal account that was not met with an immediate and predictable backlash, invasive questions about the victim’s credibility, a chorus defending the alleged rapist’s good name.

That seems like a funny use of “backlash.” What is Ms. McDonough suggesting? Are we supposed to believe every accusation without any attempt to establish the accuser’s credibility? Is any attempt to find the truth of the matter — and not simply take the accuser’s story for granted — now a “backlash” from “the rape denial playbook”?

Based on her article it seems that her standard is to believe all accusers, because she goes on to say “I can only think of the 60 percent of rapes that never get reported to the police. Of the 88 percent of perpetrators who will never be arrested, the 91 percent who will never face prosecution, the 97 percent who will never see prison time for their crime.”

How can she know any of these statistics? Only by believing the accusers.

Rape is a serious crime, but we have to remember that it’s almost always her word against his, with little objective evidence to go on. Asserting as truth a bunch of statistics based on what the accusers say is not very helpful, nor is caricaturing a demand for accuracy and credibility as a “backlash.”

-- 6 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-12-04  ::  Greg Krehbiel

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