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The joke’s on us

by Greg Krehbiel on 2 April 2014

Yesterday was the lamest April 1st ever. I don’t think I saw one decent April Fool’s joke.

But then there’s this.

-- 2 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-04-02  ::  Greg Krehbiel





The pistol on the president’s desk

by Greg Krehbiel on 2 April 2014

I think it would be a good policy if every president kept a loaded pistol in his drawer in the Oval office, and whenever he appoints a new director of the CIA, NSA, or any of those “professional liar” agencies, he calls the director and the Vice President into his office, sets the pistol on his desk, and says something to this effect.

“I realize that lying is part of your job, but if I ever discover that you’ve lied to me, I will shoot you dead with this pistol, then I will resign and the Vice President will pardon me. Understood?”

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-04-02  ::  Greg Krehbiel





Lincoln vs. Obama on military priorities

by Greg Krehbiel on 1 April 2014

This story may be apocryphal, and there are several different versions of it in any event, but it highlights an important point, which is that the primary responsibility of a military commander is to win battles.

Several gentlemen were near the President at the time he received the news of Grant’s success some of whom had been complaining of the rumors of his habit of using intoxicating drinks to excess.
“So I understand Grant drinks whiskey to excess?” interrogatively remarked the President.
“Yes,” was the reply.
“What whiskey does he drink?” inquired Mr. Lincoln.
“What whiskey?” doubtfully queried his hearers.
“Yes. Is it Bourbon or Monongahela?”
“Why do you ask, Mr. President?”
“Because, if it makes him win victories like this at Vicksburg, I will send a demijohn of the same kind to every general in the army.”
His visitors saw the point, although at their own cost.

Contrast that with the modern effort to turn the military into a bastion of political correctness, e.g., Obama Told Military Leaders: Accept Gays In Military Or Step Down, Admiral Says

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-04-01  ::  Greg Krehbiel





Save the pigs, but never mind about women and babies

by Greg Krehbiel on 1 April 2014

After you make beer, there’s a lot of leftover grain. Most breweries recover some of their costs by selling that grain as feed. Now the FDA wants to impose new rules to make sure that grain meets the same standards that livestock and pet-food manufacturers are subject to.

As much as my natural sympathies lie with breweries and against regulators, that doesn’t sound unreasonable to me.

But … something doesn’t seem right here.

Recently there have been laws in various states to make sure that abortion clinics meet minimal health standards. As I understand it, the rules for a hair or nail salon are often more strict than the rules for an abortion clinic.

Doesn’t this sound like a perfect place for the feminists to jump in and complain? “The government is more concerned with the health and safety of livestock than the health and safety of women!”

You might expect such a reaction, except that cheap and easy access to the most holy sacrament of abortion must be protected at all costs, despite any apparent contradiction.

-- 5 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-04-01  ::  Greg Krehbiel





Sea Level will rise, displacing millions, therefore buy a Prius!

by Greg Krehbiel on 31 March 2014

The U.N. has issued a new scary report about how the wrath of the Earth Goddess will fall on the Koch brothers.

I’ve made it quite clear over the years that I believe in climate change, but am unclear how much of it can be attributed to human activity.

Climates change. There is nothing sacrosanct about the climate in the 1950s — or the sea level, or the extent of arctic ice.

Perhaps Hillary Clinton shows the way. “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Because if CO2 is going to condemn us, then condemned we’ll be, because there’s nothing to stop China and India from pumping tons of the stuff into the atmosphere.

The left can force everyone in the western world to use stupid light bulbs and drive goofy cars, and CO2 concentration will rise anyway.

That’s simply the fact, and wishing won’t make it not so.

The real question is how to deal with a changing climate, because it’s going to change whether Michael Mann is right or wrong.

In a way, all the global warming/CO2 talk is like recycling. It’s not actually meant to fix anything. It’s just supposed to assuage people’s consciences. To make them feel as if they think the right thoughts and are worried about the right things.

If the climate gets warmer — or colder — humanity will survive. It’s happened before and it will happen again. But there could be some very heavy costs and a lot of suffering.

By all means let’s research ways to limit the increase in CO2 — but in a realistic way.

My bottom line on this whole thing is that we don’t know what’s happening, and you don’t take a system you don’t understand and mess with it. It’s simple prudence to avoid making changes to the atmosphere — if we can reasonably avoid it.

At the same time, let’s plan for practical, serious steps to take if the climate does change suddenly.

In a way, the whole issue of climate change is just the flood plain problem writ large. People have the silly idea that rivers stay put, so they think it’s safe to build around them. But rivers move. They rise and fall, they silt up, they overflow their banks, and they carve new paths.

Just as we need to be realistic about rivers, we need to be realistic about climate. It’s going to move.

-- 3 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-03-31  ::  Greg Krehbiel





Need some help with a book title

by Greg Krehbiel on 31 March 2014

I’m thinking of cleaning up and publishing my 50 Politically Incorrect Thoughts, but I’m torn on the title.

Most people will hate and/or be offended by this book. They’ll think I’m a backwards hobgoblin who wants to beat women over the head with a club and drag them into a cave. So I want to make it clear up front that this is not a book Oprah would like. That it’s “politically incorrect.” That it flows out of my Neanderthal genes. That it is a cave man’s outlook on life and women.

I’ll still get hate mail, but I want to have a clear conscience about it.

In the beginning of A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket makes it clear that it will not be a cheery story with a happy ending. In that same “I warned you!” sort of spirit, I want the title to scream “this is not a book your women’s studies professor is going to like!”

Note that the book will not be about sex or marriage, per se. It’s more about sex roles and how the view of sex roles presented in the book should affect a young man’s ideas about courtship, choosing a wife, etc.

Here are some ideas on titles.

  1. The Neanderthal Mating Strategy: 50 Things a Young Man Needs to Know
  2. 50 Things Every Neanderthal Needs to Know Before He Gets Married
  3. The Neanderthal’s Guide: 50 Thoughts for Young Men Considering Marriage
  4. Before You Marry: 50 Politically Incorrect Thoughts for Young Men
  5. The Neanderthal’s Guide: 50 Lies You’ve Been Told About Men and Women

-- 11 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-03-31  ::  Greg Krehbiel





“They simply chose not to”

by Greg Krehbiel on 30 March 2014

I heard some of the oral argument in the birth control case before the Supreme Court. First, the justices are incredibly rude. But leaving that aside …

One of the attorneys made a remarkably good point.

Employers with fewer than (I think it’s) 50 employees are exempt from many of the requirements of the health care law, including the birth control mandate. The Religious Freeedom Restoration Act requires the government to accommodate religious beliefs unless they can’t because it interferes with a compelling government interest.

Now, if Congress can exempt employers who have fewer than 50 employees, it’s clearly not a compelling government interest for every employee to have that benefit. I don’t see any way around that logic. They could easily have exempted employers who have religious objections. They simply chose not to.

If not paying for this particular benefit is such an awful thing, then why did they exempt small employers?

Along these same lines, I am thinking of publishing a very politically incorrect book. It’s a book that will offend a lot of people, including feminists.

As some of you know, I get a lot of my book covers from fiverr.com. Most of the people who do gigs on fiverr.com are just goofing around on a part-time basis. They’re college students, or they just happen to have the skills and expertise to make some beer money by doing little jobs for people.

Let’s say I hired some artist to do a cover for me, and she was so offended by the subject matter that she didn’t want to do it. (I’ll leave it to your imagination what’s offensive about the cover.)

Doesn’t she have a right to say no? Can I force her to do some offensive thing?

The idea is absurd. We’ve set such a ridiculous standard to protect minorities that we don’t protect everyone else.

It’s a hard line to draw. We don’t want companies refusing service for hateful or bigoted reasons. However, we do want to have community standards. We don’t want people wearing Nazi shirts, or shirts with lewd pictures on them. We don’t want people using foul language.

Companies can have standards too, and I don’t see why they can’t enforce them.

-- 3 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-03-30  ::  Greg Krehbiel





We should teach traditional sex roles

by Greg Krehbiel on 29 March 2014

There’s this new educational system called “common core.” I know almost nothing about it, except for some weird approach to solving math problems that’s been floated around on Facebook. But I will bet you dollars to donuts that common core teaches modern nonsense about the equality of the sexes — either explicitly or implicitly.

That is more dangerous than almost anything that they could teach about math.

This example isn’t to prove that point — it’s just an example of how modern ideas about the sexes ruin everything they touch.

I know a couple brothers who are planning an epic hike along the Camino de Santiago. They invited a friend, who then invited his girlfriend. I don’t think I have to prove the obvious point that anyone who respects traditional sex roles wouldn’t even think of doing such a thing.

I haven’t heard the conversation between these young men, but I can easily imagine it.

Guy who understands: “Dude, it’s not cool to bring your girlfriend. This was a guys’ trip.”

“Modern” guy: “It’s not like that, man, I mean, what’s the big deal? It’s not like we’re gonna be having problems or anything. She’ll be just along, you know?”

GWU: “This was a guy’s hike. Bringing a woman changes that. It wasn’t your business to change the whole nature of the trip.”

MG: “What are you talking about? She’ll carry her own stuff and … it’s not a problem. She’s just another person.”

GWU: “No, she’s a woman. If this was a girls’ trip we’d have invited our girlfriends. How do you think they’re going to feel, knowing that you’re bringing your girlfriend?”

MG: “They can come too.”

GWU: “We don’t want to bring them. This was supposed to be a guys’ trip. But, anyway, you’re going to have to make a choice. If she comes, we’re going to go separately and you two will have to hike on your own.”

MG: “That’s so backwards, man. Why are you ruining things? She wanted to go with us as a group. What’s your problem? Are you, like afraid of being around a woman or something?”

Etc.

People today are so clueless, and a lot of it comes back to this underlying assumption that we should treat men and women the same because — other than plumbing — they are essentially the same, and that any rule that can be applied to men can (and should) be applied to women and vice versa.

It’s lunacy of the first order, but it has worked its way into the collective consciousness.

-- 2 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-03-29  ::  Greg Krehbiel





Pipe Dreams, new from Crowhill Publishing

by Greg Krehbiel on 28 March 2014

Pipe Dreams by Greg Krehbiel

Pipe Dreams is an urban fantasy / psychological thriller set in and around Washington, D.C. (“Thriller” might be a bit of overstatement.)

When John Matthews starts smoking his grandfather’s pipe (mysteriously obtained) he starts to see visions of his dead wife. Is he going insane, or has he discovered a dark family secret?

Is the woman he’s seeing really his wife, Jillian, or some kind of imposter?

John’s psychologist is concerned that he’s sliding into alcoholism and depression, and someone has reported John to Homeland Security as a threat — because of his role as a government contractor and his access to government secrets.

Can John beat the forces that conspire to send his life into a downward spiral? And can he break the constraints of time and space and re-unite with his lost love?

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-03-28  ::  Greg Krehbiel





Obama wins Miss America contest

by Greg Krehbiel on 28 March 2014

From today’s column by Charles Krauthammer.

“The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That’s the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War.”

— Barack Obama, March 24

Should. Lovely sentiment. As lovely as what Obama said five years ago to the United Nations: “No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation.”

That’s the kind of sentiment you expect from a Miss America contestant asked to name her fondest wish, not from the leader of the free world explaining his foreign policy.

-- 11 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-03-28  ::  Greg Krehbiel

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