Roundup

ROUNDUP TIME

99% of Adults With Down Syndrome Report Being Happy in Life — Yet 67% are killed because of their condition.

Model Who Wanted Abortion So She Could Star on Reality TV Show Now Opposes Abortion — Great news!  Hopefully others will reconsider their views and save their children.

Pyromaniacs: Some here, some there — Great points about a lot of “skeptics.”

In the insightful essay Had Sex, Dumped Jesus, Joel J. Miller develops the correct causality chain in much apostasy (h-t Aquila Report). People have immoral sex; that creates painful cognitive dissonance; God or the immorality has to go for peace to reign; God goes.

I wish I’d gotten down verbatim what I heard Josh McDowell say many years ago. He said he’d gotten to the point that, when some teen would come to him saying “I’m beginning to have serious doubts about my faith,” his first response would be along the lines of, “Oh? who are you sleeping with?”

Obama Regime Scrapped Quarantine Regulations — Those might have come in handy with this Ebola crisis.

Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research — I always thought that homework was excessive and unproductive.

19 iPhone Tricks And Tips Apple Doesn’t Want You To Know. #7 Just Made My Life — Misleading title, because I doubt Apple is hiding these, but the tips are great.  Example: Holding down the photo taking button will take a burst of pictures.  Great way to quickly ensure you get a shot with everyone’s eyes open.

Gwyneth Paltrow to Obama: You’re very handsome and you should have all the power you need for your agenda — Reason #967 not to listen to people just because they are good at pretending to be other people.

How far do gay activists go in order to silence critics? — As far as the blind men of Sodom have to.  They are only going to get more bold now that the Federal and Supreme Court justices have conspired to overturn the will of the people.

This is actually not unusual for some extreme gay activists. I’ve blogged about things like before – e.g. – getting Frank Turek fired, forcing out Brendan Eich at Mozilla, expelling students from university,discriminating against foster parents, violence at student demonstrations, coercing Christian businesses, leaking the names of pro-marriage donors, closing down adoption agenciesthreatening teachers with termination, terminating police chaplainsvandalizing businessesvandalizing churches, or actually being convicted of committing domestic terrorism by attacking the Family Research Council building with GUNS. Any disagreement with the moral rightness of the gay lifestyle at all – no matter how caring, compassionate or rooted in evidence – could potentially draw a coercive response, or even violent response.

This laundry is never going to be folded: Dear Rachel Held Evans — Great point about why Christian parents should fear people like Rachel Held Evans more than Miley Cyrus.

Look Who’s Data Mining Your Toddlers — Government schools + crony capitalism = creepiness

Anti-Obamacare movie producer randomly hit with first tax audit ever — This administration continues to do things far worse than anything Nixon ever dreamed of.  The difference is that even Republicans knew what Nixon did was wrong.  Leftists defend and even cheer abuses like this.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants to Punish Politicians Who Question Global Warming — A Leftist wants to use the power of government to punish those who disagree with him?  Predictable.

The Rise of the Professional Slut — The Left wants to pretend the word has no meaning.

Our name for the world’s Lena Dunhams today is not in accordance with the truth of things, and it’s one reason millions of girls do not know how to conduct themselves. Remember that, as a writer once said, stigmas are corollaries of values; if certain things are to be valued, it follows that their opposites will be devalued. I’ll add that proper stigmas are corollaries of “virtues” (which refers to absolutes), and if we’re going to value chastity, modesty and propriety, it follows that sluttishness is going to be devalued — and should be called sluttishness for that reason.

Of course, today’s dominant values are valueless, which is why the Daily News can write something such as this:

Given that Dunham’s story includes therapy when she was in her single digits, ongoing battles with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and more failed relationships than Henry VIII, some readers might be wondering what they can learn from this privileged 28-year-old’s so-called life.

Possibly everything.

The reality? She’s a walking train wreck created and enabled by a society that’s off the rails.

And here’s the main thing I suspect will be learned from her story: become a professional slut, girls, and perhaps you also can be rich beyond your wildest dreams.

 

My Body My Rights: Amnesty International’s Latest Push for Abortion — Never support those pro-aborts.  If only they were referring to the baby with their “my body, my rights” slogan.  But like nearly all pro-abortion arguments, they deliberately ignore the child.  And they have the gall to prattle about “human rights.”  The most basic human right is not to get crushed and dismembered just because you are unwanted.

Che Guevara: The Man, the Myth, the Atrocities — Still a dead thug who would have gladly killed the historically ignorant kids who wear shirts with his “cool” picture.

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8 thoughts on “Roundup”

  1. Ironically, in spite of the happiness reported by people with Down Syndrome, the most common reason given for aborting them is that they won’t have a high quality of life. Even laying aside the huge moral and ethical problems with killing people we determine to be less than happy, that wouldn’t apply to Down Syndrome children. It’s really just an excuse to make it sound so compassionate and loving to kill someone you don’t want the burden of taking care of. Our society is infested with eugenic thought, and the killing of Down Syndrome babies is just one of the more obvious symptoms.

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  2. I wonder how much of the money spent on “education” is actually spent on, y’know, education, and how much is spent on paying teachers not to teach (because they’ve been accused of crimes, but the unions are protecting them), on “inclusion” of children who can’t even learn (I’m not talking about slower learners, but about kids who are barely cognizant), on bureaucracy and counselors who may or may not have any impact on the actual education of students, and on non-educational things like big gymnasiums and great track fields. I wonder, if you could take out these extraneous things, and counted only current expenditures that were also expenses in the ’70s, what the graph would look like.

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    1. Great points. I’m aware of tremendous insanity in the schools. One example: An obviously troubled elementary student who not only got an entire classroom AND teacher to himself because of his screaming, swearing and violence, but classes of other kids would have to walk the long way around the school to avoid his area. He obviously didn’t belong in school but they had to pretend to include him, and at an insanely high cost.

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  3. I might point out that, although I am not familiar with the current philosophy at March of Dimes, in the past their work to prevent Downs syndrome was search and destroy; if you were pregnant with a Down’s child, then you should abort it. They actively supported this and promoted it.

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    1. I hurriedly read the article, so if I missed something, forgive me. However, it seems that even the “best” of the homework studies were not designed very well.

      Here’s what I think they’re missing: the best and smartest students have to study the least, because learning comes easily to them, while those that are slower learners must of necessity spend more time to learn the same things. Obviously, someone with a photographic memory can learn and remember things with little or no study at all, while average folks have to put some effort into remembering that Baltimore is the capital of Maryland, and the slowest learners may put hours of study into learning the states and capitals and still end up with poor grades. This cannot be due to the fact that studying or homework is bad, but simply is a measure of the students’ innate abilities to learn what they’re being tested on.

      To avoid this inherent inequality, the students in the study should all be at the same level within their grades — for example, take the results from the standardized tests for their grade in various subjects, and the following year, all the students with the same/similar grades are studied to see if the rate of homework has any effect on their level of learning (of course, “getting homework done” must not be part of the grade; perhaps the “level of learning” should be based on their standardized test at the end of that school year). [And maybe the parents should report on the level of homework, not self-reported by the students; though the parents themselves may be biased towards their offspring, or tricked by them into thinking that they’re studying, when in reality, they’re watching TV or even daydreaming.]

      But even that is not necessarily well-designed, because some subjects require more out-of-school learning than others do — and in fact, some topics within the subject lend themselves more to memorization, and time spent on them, than do others.

      If a student doesn’t learn the multiplication tables during class, I’m reasonably certain that having homework to learn them outside of class will improve their knowledge of them; but if they already know them (or understand any other concept, like the Pythagorean theorem), more homework probably won’t help much if at all.

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