Monday, November 10, 2014

Noble Lie, Elevated Extortion

Ronald Reagan wisely taxed me to fatten the Pentagon, with an eye to forcing the Soviets to match his increases, thereby collapsing their economy. That's how "we" won the Cold War.
George W. Bush and Barack Obama have wisely taxed me to fatten the Pentagon, with an eye to forcing al-Qaeda and ISIS to match their increases, thereby collapsing the terror networks. That's how "we" will win the War on Terrorism.
Did I get that right?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Dangerous Neutralist Sentiment

"Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." 
          ~Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928) 

In other words, those who wish to take a stand against oppressors and tormentors must dedicate themselves to non-neutrality. Fair enough, but whose version?  Some of the world's most accomplished mass murderers--Tamerlane, Stalin, Pol Pot--presumed to speak for the downtrodden. Happily, we have the enlightened Mr. Wiesel to let us know: the Anglo-American-Israeli Empire embodies the noblest aspirations of the human race. It alone practices the One True Homicidal Humanitarianism. What can go wrong? 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Why is Beheading Reckoned Worse than Death by Drone Strike?

Do not underestimate the impact of Good War Mythology. The U.K. and U.S. firebombed Dresden, Cologne and Tokyo, inter alia, during World War II. The U.S. dropped atomic bombs on men, women and children in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A crime against humanity? By no means! Don't you see? Now the Germans and Japanese are prosperous and forward-looking and "free"! Just like us! Yes, Virginia, you can perpetrate mass murder to advance the Greater Good! Just make sure you do it on behalf of the Anglo-American Empire! Otherwise you're just one of those evildoing, good-for-nothing Terrorists!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Word of the Day: Hortatory

"It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so" ~Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988) 
Did Heinlein intend his observation to apply equally to anti-sectarians, anti-cultists and anti-religionists acquiring political power? Insofar as atheists fancy themselves freethinking, humane, scientific, tolerant and oh-so-enlightened, I doubt it. He has another target in mind. 
Yet Christianity has always differentiated the spiritual from the secular, City of God from City of Man. This bifurcation had everything to do with spawning the West's rich tradition of individual rights and liberties. At any rate, I hope by now we have learned that atheists in control of the City of Man (e.g., Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot) are capable of crimes and atrocities undreamed of in the Christian Age. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

God Hates Flags!

Flag day? Flag F***ing Day?! Really?!? Every damned day is Flag Day! Ever since 9/11 I've had that stupid star-spangled, blood-soaked, Land-of-the-Flea and Home-of-the-Knave banner rammed down my throat! From cars, from houses, from schools and office buildings! I can't even watch my favorite pro or college sports teams without seeing those snarling, seething Stars-and-Stripes! Enough already! Bring back Gadsden or the Cross of St. Andrew's or St. Peter's Keys! Any rectangular piece of cloth that stands for something vaguely decent and humane and reasonable! I've had my fill of Old Blowhardy!

Is Opposition to Abortion "Religious"?

It depends how broadly you choose to define "religious." A concern for values is what defines us as human beings. But to explore such issues as truth, beauty, justice and ethics is to enter the realm of metaphysics. There are atheists (e.g., Ayn Rand) who embrace the natural law (i.e., metaphysics) but reject the Natural Law Giver. There are "model agnostics" (e.g., Robert Anton Wilson) who reject both. I find Wilson's position more defensible than Rand's. Nevertheless, I choose to believe in both the law and the Lawgiver. It helps get me through the night.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Friday Babbling

Bland observations about the weather. Can you believe the heat, cold, snow, rain, sleet, hail (pick one) we've been having?! It must be global warming and anthropogenic cooling and climate change (pick two or more)! And how about that bag of hot air in the corner office!
Hackneyed commentary about the value of teamwork and the contributions of “the Garden” to the surrounding community.  Kudos to various employees for chipping in on some stupid Hospital-wide event or other. Overblown statements affirming the leadership abilities of the management team. 
Dollops of sanctimony, sententiousness and self-congratulation.
Why don’t I see more initiative from this Department?! You know I've always striven to empower each and every one of you! You act as if you don’t want to work harder and longer for less pay! I am shocked, hurt, vexed, pissed-off, chagrined, irked, peeved, dismayed, dyspeptic and disappointed!
The financials are improving but nowhere near where they should be. Prime Health’s injection of capital will help—but only after six more years of zero percent pay increases, increased employee health insurance premium cost-sharing, mandatory flu shots (along with castration for all male employees—sexual harassment claims are costly!) and cockamamie employee surveys.
Together we can turn the corner! We just have to work as a team! You’ll see! Two percent raises, $500 bonuses and $20 Meijer gift certificates are just around the corner!
Meaningless fluff intended to uplift and edify.  
Lame, unattributed quote.
Enjoy your picnics and families. Make sure you pause this holiday to remember all those brave boys tossed into Moloch’s maw for no good reason.
Have a great weekend!
P.S.  The comic strip is optimistic.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Vociferous Opinion

It is no crime to be ignorant of Christian history, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that many people consider to be a chronicling of a dismal pursuit ("mysticism"). But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on religious subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance. 

(With apologies to Murray Rothbard, who was an unbeliever, after all, but at least approached the subject knowledgeably and evenhandedly.)