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Wooing wiki women

by Greg Krehbiel on 8 April 2014

BBC asks How can Wikipedia woo women editors?

There’s nothing wrong with trying to get more women editors, but whenever I hear about stories like this there seems to be an underlying assumption — that unless there is absolute parity in representation, something must be wrong.

Women, men, whites, blacks, straight, gay … whatever demographic you choose … has to be proportionately represented in every conceivable slice of society. Anything less than that shows some sort of discrimination and is an opportunity for some kind of effort (or even legislation) to “fix” it.

Wikipedia purports to capture the sum of the world’s knowledge, … But “it’s not accurate to call it the world’s knowledge if it’s just half the population’s knowledge,” she says.

Right. Because “knowledge” is a sex-specific thing. If a man knows something about topic A, we need a woman to give her perspective to balance it out.

That’s rubbish, but it lies behind a lot of what people worry about these days.

-- 8 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-04-08  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Every conservative knew it was coming

by Greg Krehbiel on 7 April 2014

The intolerance on display from gay activists — most recently in the Mozilla story — was entirely predictable. “Acceptance” was going to morph into persecution for thought crimes.

-- 5 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-04-07  ::  Greg Krehbiel

At some point the chief executive will have to stand up to the run-away judiciary

by Greg Krehbiel on 5 April 2014

Judge to strike down part of Ohio gay marriage law

I’m eagerly waiting for the president or the governor who has the guts to tell a judge, “nice opinion — let’s see if you can enforce it.” And then proceed to ignore it.

We all recognize the checks and balances that keep the executive and the legislature from going too crazy, but we have this almost fanatical deference to the courts. As if their word is final.

It isn’t.

There’s a reason why the court doesn’t control the army or the police.

All a judge can do is write an opinion. That’s it. His power depends entirely on the executive branch doing what he says in that opinion.

It is a perfectly reasonable application of executive power for the president or governor to say, “sorry, that’s a stupid opinion, I’m not enforcing it.” At that point the legislature can decide if it wants to impeach the executive for dereliction of duty. Or maybe the legislature will agree with the executive and tell the judge to go soak his head.

One way or another, there has to be a check on runaway judges, and so far there hasn’t been enough.

There is a basic principle in life, which is that you can do whatever you want until someone stops you. That’s true in spades in politics.

Presidents have been pushing executive authority for decades because Congress hasn’t stopped them. Judges have been pushing their agendas because (by and large) legislatures and executives haven’t stopped them. (RFRA is a counter-example, by the way, where Congress and the president rebuked the Supreme Court for going the wrong direction.)

Somebody needs to rein in the courts. In this particular case the court is enforcing a left-wing ideology, but the concept applies in any situation where the court is going too far.

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-04-05  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Is “disclosure” a way to chill political speech?

by Greg Krehbiel on 5 April 2014

George will makes an interesting point about the drive to disclose all campaign finance contributions. Is it just what the witch hunters ordered?

--  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-04-05  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Is 7.1 million sign-ups a win?

by Greg Krehbiel on 4 April 2014

You have to give credit where credit is due. The Obama administration did manage to convince 7.1 million people to sign up for Obamacare, which was the target they set. In that narrow respect it is clearly a win for team Obama.

Peggy Noonan puts a different spin on that number.

“Seven point one million people have signed up!”

“But six million people lost their coverage and were forced onto the exchanges! That’s no triumph, it’s a manipulation. And how many of the 7.1 million have paid?”

“We can’t say, but 7.1 million is a big number and redeems the program.”

“Is it a real number?”

“Your lack of trust betrays a dark and conspiratorial right-wing mindset.”

At this point, who do you believe? Seriously.

Obama was straight-forwardly lying about the program for years (“If you like your doctor …”) and both sides have been demagoguing all the relevant issues.

I admit that it’s hard to get accurate information about this monstrosity, so I therefore admit that it’s hard to be sure my opinions about it are based on reality. But I maintain that very fact — that nobody knows the truth about this societal earthquake — is enough reason to oppose it.

It’s not just that Nancy Pelosi urged people to pass it so they could find out what’s in it. The deceit and the misinformation goes far beyond that. This is no longer legislation, it’s a belief system.

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

Who’s the evil empire now?

by Greg Krehbiel on 4 April 2014

Apparently Putin is trying to claim the mantle of Christian civilization against the debauched west. Or so says Pat Buchanan in this interesting column.

Whose Side is God on Now?

In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity. …

In 2013, the Kremlin imposed a ban on homosexual propaganda, a ban on abortion advertising, a ban on abortions after 12 weeks and a ban on sacrilegious insults to religious believers.

“While the other super-powers march to a pagan world-view,” writes WCF’s Allan Carlson, “Russia is defending Judeo-Christian values. During the Soviet era, Western communists flocked to Moscow. This year, World Congress of Families VII will be held in Moscow, Sept. 10-12.”

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

This is worth watching

by Greg Krehbiel on 3 April 2014

-- 4 comments  ::  What do you think?  ::  2014-04-03  ::  Greg Krehbiel

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

2014-03-31 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
Need some help with a book title
2014-03-30 :: Greg Krehbiel // General
“They simply chose not to”