Friday, September 14, 2007

German Pride Set To Take To Fifth Avenue This Weekend

Am I the only one who gets nervous when Germans start marching in parades? I wonder what the Vegas line on their invading Poland is?

"Dead" man wakes up under autopsy knife

And you thought you had a bad day.

The House You Are Living In Doesn't Exist

I was speechless until it occurred to me to ask why, if our house doesn't exist, we have to pay property taxes and so on.

SUV Hypocrisy

"Climate change" is humankind's "fear du jour." I hate to break it to you, but the end of the world has been imminent for centuries. In 234 A.D., the renowned Roman theologian Hippolytus boldly calculated that the world had just 200 years left. From 1012-1014 a series of natural disasters in Germany led many to believe the world was "returning to its original chaos."

By 1850, American pundits were predicting that the country would soon go dark as it ran out of whale oil (instead, in 1859, a railroad conductor struck oil in Pennsylvania). In 1968, Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich predicted, in his bestselling book "The Population Bomb," that "in the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death," that nothing could be done to avoid mass famine greater than any in history, and that radical action was needed to limit overpopulation (instead, without implementing any of Ehrlich's suggestions, world food production grew at an exponentially higher rate than the population).


World War IV

A review of Norman Podhoretz’s by Roger L. Simon. I'm a huge fan of both.

EU seeks to remove Queen from British passports

The hubris of Brussels has no limit.

Al Gore will be pleased

Young Muslims begin dangerous fight for the right to abandon faith

Freedom of conscience is perhaps the most basic human right. It is the acid test of a civil society. As we speak, Europe is failing the test.

Jesus and Mohammad, Version 2.0

[N]owhere is the arrogance of modernity better manifested than in the universities, where the straightforward words of history’s primary sources are increasingly brushed aside. The implicit understanding is that the writers of the New Testament and Islam’s vast compendium of scriptures were na├»ve and superstitious simpletons who — unlike their more “objective” modern day counterparts — simply could not critically engage their subjects.

The incredible shrinking RAF

If the money were going to be redirected to the Royal Navy, I'd actually be in favor of this. My suspicion however is that it will just be dumped into the NHS.


What Kind of Person Calls Himself 'Progressive'?

We all want progress. We may disagree whether gay marriage or drug legalization constitutes progress or not. But we all want better things for the world -- better food, better health and well-being, scientific and technical advances, wiser political systems, more peace and freedom, more happy children, more humane treatment of animals, more tolerance, more prosperity for the world, you name it. That's called being a decent person.

So what kind of person has to label himself "Progressive?" Obviously somebody who believes he (or she) understands real progress better than the rest of us.

Democratic Europe R.I.P.

Our situation today is almost mind boggling in its perversity. A peaceful society — with a peace that came at the expense of millions of dead — that wishes only to be left alone, has had an alien culture undemocratically inflicted upon us and an alien culture that is unrepentantly vociferous in its call for our overthrow.