Roundup

ROUNDUP TIME

Why Learning to Play an Instrument is Good for Your Brain

Doctor Kills Depressed Woman in Euthanasia, Doesn’t Tell Family Until Next Day —  Perhaps one of the euthanasia-supporting Leftists who lamented Robin Williams’ suicide can explain the difference in the two cases.

Ray Rice, Abortion, and Being Led About by the Viscera — Great points about the value of images to show what really happens in abortion.  The “new” video of Ray Rice just shows what he admitted already happened.  The NFL is lying about it being new and they are lying about it making a difference in what they should have done originally.  Pro-lifers should not apologize for showing images like this and this when making our case.  It plays into the hands of the pro-abortion lobby when we don’t.

Rotherham and the failure of multiculturalism — Sadly, the systematic rape of teen and pre-teen girls is even broader than the city of Rotherham.  Political correctness is cowardly and has perverse and deadly, and multiculturalism, as practiced, is the same.

Speed kills racial profiling study — So the “blacks are pulled over three times as often as whites” bit is a lie.  But they are actually killed at a 3x rate in the womb, but the Left is fine with that.

As is usually the case with bogus race studies, the pivotal 1993 survey compared speed stops on the New Jersey turnpike to the population of all drivers on the turnpike – not with the population of all speeders on the turnpike.

Such meaningless studies are popular on the left, where it is assumed that people of different races, genders, and ethnicities will always behave identically in all respects.

If fewer women pass the physical test to become firefighters, that can only be because of sexism. If fewer blacks pass the written test — that’s racism. If fewer whites play professional basketball — no, forget that one. Sports are important. (Unlike arson or vehicular homicide.)

Project aiming to push ‘LGBTQ2S’ picture books into pre-K classes meets funding goal — Not surprising, but still perverse and sad.  I predicted this many years ago and remember people being dismissive that they would target little kids.  Sometimes I hate being right.  And the Gaystapo bullies will never relent.  People have been foolish for far too long in thinking that appeasement will work.  Creepy perverts.  Something about millstones comes to mind.

The books will “celebrate a great and wide variety of LGBTQ2S kids, families, and communities,” according to the description of the project.  The books will also “celebrate gender-independent kids and adults.”

Brutal Kroger parking lot attack caught on camera — Uh oh, bad timing for the gun-grabbers attacking Kroger for letting people exercise their Constitutional rights in public!

Kerry Says It Is Our Biblical ‘Duty’ To Protect Muslim Countries Against Climate Change — So foolish on so many levels.  Why isn’t the ACLU screaming about such an obvious “separation” issue?  Why is he forcing his [alleged] religious views on others?

New York Gun Shop Commanded to Turn Over Customer Records — Registration will lead to confiscation.  You should oppose it.

A Tale of Two Mars Hills — A good analysis of why Paul said to watch your doctrine and your life.  Rob Bell’s doctrine did a free fall, as did Mark Driscoll’s life.  Maybe we should avoid putting too much faith in celebrity pastors and be glad for the local pastors whose life and doctrine are consistent.

Planned Pushes for Black and Hispanic Contractors to Build Clinic to Abort Black and Hispanic Babies — Ghouls.  Glad to see someone is trying to inform these folks of what they’d be building (e.g., like asking Jews to build gas chambers).

New study: amicable divorce just as damaging for children as hostile divorce

So the take-home lesson is this: there is no such thing as a divorce that doesn’t hurt the children. If you’re thinking of divorce and you have children, just don’t do it. And if you are thinking of marriage, then be careful who you marry. Don’t cloud the judgment with premarital sex before you get to know the person and get the commitment.

Black Gang Beats White Couple in Missouri After Sexually Harassing Woman — Eric Holder is going to show up any minute . . . right after the mainstream media reports on this like they did with Trayvon and Ferguson.

Two Brooklyn women tired of ‘white people moving into the area’ force tenants out at gunpoint, then squat in apartment: police — Another one for Eric Holder, Jesse, Al and the mainstream media to pore over . . .

Materialist Ethics and the “Except Me” Tradition — These philosophers are intellectually bankrupt.

“Whatever the future holds, it is likely to prove impossible to restore in full the sanctity-of-life view. The philosophical foundations of this view have been knocked asunder. We can no longer base our ethics on the idea that human beings are a special form of creation made in the image of God, singled out from all other animals, and alone possessing an immortal soul. Our better understanding of our own nature has bridged the gulf that was once thought to lie between ourselves and other species, so should we believe that the mere fac
t that a being is a member of the species Homo Sapiens endows its life with some unique, almost infinite value?”

The question at the end of the quotation is fascinating, because it highlights the branch-sawing nature of Singer’s project. People have no more intrinsic worth than pigs. Indeed, there is no such thing as “intrinsic worth,” because “worth” implies the “good” and the “good” does not exist. Everything is ultimately meaningless. But if that is true – and here’s where the branch sawing comes in – why should anyone care what a particularly clever hairless ape who goes by the name of “Peter Singer” says about anything? Are not his pronouncements as ultimately meaningless as everything else?

Here Singer is part of a larger post-modern tradition that I call the “except me” tradition. The post modern literature is full of long books by deconstructionists like Jacques Derrida who insist that long books have no intrinsic meaning (except books written by Derrida apparently). Similarly Singer insists that concepts like “good” and “evil” have no intrinsic meaning, except, apparently, when he says something is good.

The absurdity of all of this is palpable and it is hard to believe that Singer and Derrida don’t know this. Nevertheless, Derrida wrote long books and Singer makes ethical pronouncements. I suppose it is easy enough to understand why. Derrida sold a lot of books and Singer sits in a lucrative, secure and comfy endowed chair at Princeton. What is truly baffling to me is why anyone with a modicum of intelligence would listen to their self-referentially incoherent branch-sawing rantings. It is a mystery.

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7 thoughts on “Roundup”

  1. Pssst! Hey, Neil, I think the quote under “Brutal Kroger parking lot attack caught on camera” is in the wrong place. Just sayin’.

    And, seriously, when does the acronym end? “LGBTQ2S”? They dropped a Q (one for “queer” and the other for “questioning”) and added a 2S? I had to research that one. It refers to “two spirit”, a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans for gender variant individuals in their communities. I mean, seriously. With the percentage of folk claiming to be “gender variant” way down below 1%, what possible number would it be for the native American types? And why is it that they get special treatment when the rest of us don’t? Sigh.

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    1. Hi Stan – thanks so much for letting me know of the copy/paste error! All fixed now.

      And yes, the sexual perversion alphabet soup knows no bounds. I started saying “LGBTX” back around 2006 because I knew there would be more to come. I hate being right on things like that!

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  2. Neil,
    I want to speak to your talk about Massachusetts. It is the most heathenistic state. It first did the uncanny thing of allow homosexuals to marry, and now a lot of other non thoughtful states have followed. It has constantly produced horrible, communist minds-Elizabeth Warren comes to mind. I do not understand why America doesn’t just banish it from it country and stop protecting it from foreign forces.

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