Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Political correctness gone mad

Grandmother who has brushed doorstep for 62 years told by council she could face court.

Is Ted Turner playing cowboy or hogging land?

Conspiracy theorists are suggesting he's planning on taking over the midwest. Normally I'm skeptical about this sort of thing but it is worth taking note that Turner is Howard Hughes crazy.

Apologies All Around

Today's tendency to make amendsfor the crimes of history raisesthe question: where do we stop?

From Peace Activist to FARC Guerrilla

Joining up with the bad guys can be hazardous to your health.

via Maggie's Farm

The Sten Gun

For my mother of all people. All her life she's run across the Sten in crosswords and never known what it was.

Notes from the Silent Surrender

The dogma of multiculturalism holds that all cultures are equal, except Western culture, which (unlike every other society on the planet) has a history of oppression and war is therefore worse. All religions are equal, except Christianity, which informed the beliefs of the capitalist bloodsuckers who founded America and is therefore worse. All races are equal, except Caucasians, who long ago went into business with black slave traders in Africa, and therefore they are worse. The genders, too, are equal, except for those paternalistic males, who with their testosterone and aggression have made this planet a polluted living hell, and therefore they are worse.

The Rise of Family-Friendly Cities

It's lifestyle, not latt├ęs, that our most productive workers want.

Trouble in the Leftosphere

The Leftosphere is very upset at Joe Klein for a column he wrote inaccurately describing the FISA bill.

The best line:

The poor dears are upset that the media brazenly misrepresents plain facts, feigns ignorance and engages in very un-journalistic cover-ups. Welcome to our world.

Hollywood's Phony (Anti)War - The Sequel

More from Roger Simon on the astonishing failure of the anti-war films.

US reduces greenhouse-gas emissions in 2006

Somehow this will be spun as a bad thing and George Bush will be blamed. Any suggestions?

My nominee:

Greenhouse Gasses decline hits poor and minorities hardest.

Yet another outrage from the religion of peace

A British teacher has been charged with insulting religion and inciting hatred after allowing her class to name a teddy bear Mohammed.

via Drudge

A liberal's lament: The NRA might be right after all

This warms the cockles of my heart. Jonathan Turley admits what so many of us have known all along.

Principle is a terrible thing, because it demands not what is convenient but what is right. It is hard to read the Second Amendment and not honestly conclude that the Framers intended gun ownership to be an individual right.

He continues:

More important, the mere reference to a purpose of the Second Amendment does not alter the fact that an individual right is created. The right of the people to keep and bear arms is stated in the same way as the right to free speech or free press. The statement of a purpose was intended to reaffirm the power of the states and the people against the central government. At the time, many feared the federal government and its national army. Gun ownership was viewed as a deterrent against abuse by the government, which would be less likely to mess with a well-armed populace.
Considering the Framers and their own traditions of hunting and self-defense, it is clear that they would have viewed such ownership as an individual right — consistent with the plain meaning of the amendment.

Goings on

The Wife had minor surgery yesterday. It went well and she's doing fine. In light of her brush with the medical community, I've linked to a list of dubious medical procedures.