Saturday, February 13, 2016

Dear Republicans: Dump Trump

By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

This ranting blogpost channels the mindset of the sane majority of Republicans who don't support Trump. Dear America, Stop it!

It’s NOT okay for you to risk the future of my children and grandchildren just because you think it’s funny to have an angry game show host who sends out mean tweets leading the pack.

I often think that the Donald Trump phenomenon is the brainchild of a Homer Simpson fantasy on the ideal presidential candidate. It's time to stop treating the race for president as a Reality TV show. Presidents are not elected to tell world leaders to go f*** themselves. I know that's a great fantasy, but the world doesn't operate like that, and it could be to America's disinterest to elect somebody who doesn't understand that principle off the bat.

And my fellow Social Media users, I would like to encourage you to use the #DumpTrump hashtag to encourage Americans to avoid supporting him. Sanity has to prevail in thie

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Poor Media Coverage of the Meeting Between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kiril

This is the kind of thing that annoys me about journalists...

They are supposed to be in the fact business, but they ignore basic facts!

Headline: First meeting of Pope and leader of Russian Orthodox church since 1054

There was no Russian Orthodox Church in 1054. The Church of Rus at the time was under the Church of Constantinople. It was only in the fifteenth century, after the brief union of the Eastern and Western Churches effectuated at the Council of Florence (1439) that the Russian Orthodox Church effectually separated and became its own entity.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Why I Won't Vote For Bernie Sanders"

This clinches it for me:

Think about it: expecting the Bernies of the world to do “economic development” is like expecting pacifists to win a war. McDonalds did more for inner-city neighborhoods than most of the stuff I saw. And McDonalds wasn’t trying to do “economic development”, they were trying to make a buck. Which, when you think about it, is what real economic development is.

Monday, February 08, 2016

VIDEO: The Obligatory Doritos Commercial Post

I feel like every other pro-life outlet has said everything there is to say about NARAL's outrage at the "humanization of fetuses":

What makes this reaction so over the top is that this commercial isn't that pro-life to begin with.

The baby is practically full-term. I know, you usually get an ultrasound at 20 weeks, but there could be any number of reasons why a baby that late is having an ultrasound-- my third daughter had an ultrasound at 31 weeks.

The fetus at this stage doesn't need any "humanization". Sure, there's a bit of anthropomorphization, if you will, because babies don't actually grasp for Doritos, but that's not unusual in commercials featuring babies. (Remember Evian?)

And this is why it's not that pro-life.  You don't need any kind of strong ideological stance against abortion to see the baby for who he is.

It's precisely because NARAL is so ferociously against fetal rights that they reacted to this commercial, and that's what makes their reaction so insane. There is no humanization of the fetus because the fetus is already human in the minds of the vast majority of the audience.

And even if the audience didn't think of a third trimester fetus as a human being, it's a damned commercial. Kids, animals, objects are humanized all the times for various reasons that have nothing to do with abortion.

People say that some pro-lifers have fetal tunnel vision. These folks have abortion tunnel vision.

And they are completely lacking in self-awareness.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Joyce Arthur: Ban Right to Conscientious Objection

She published an article in a peer-reviewed journal arguing that taking away the right to conscientious objection is a great idea. (Link fixed).

Here's my question.

What academic credentials does she hold for her to be qualified to be publish in peer-reviewed journal? Sure, credentials aren't everything. But ever notice that nobody ever seems to mention Joyce Arthur's academic history? It could explain why she has such poor debate skills.