Archive for August, 2011
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, August 25th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 25 Comments
Charles Krauthammer, ladies and gentlemen:
Earthquake, hurricane, Obamacare. When does it stop? Seven more and I vote we let the Israelites go.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, August 25th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 23 Comments
“You’re leaving the church?! What do you mean, you’re leaving the church?!”
“I mean I’m leaving the church. I’m departing. I’m going away. I’m decamping. I’m exiting. I’m escaping. I’m taking my leave. As of next Sunday, I fully intend to retire from this place, push off into the great unknown, ride off into the sunset, shuffle off this Presbyeterian Church (USA) coil, run along, scram, split, vamoose and/or hit the bricks.”
“But why? That vote?”
“Uh huh. Creators of universes forcefully utter commandments, they don’t timidly make entirely-optional suggestions.”
“But despite our differences, can’t we still pray and worship together?”
“Because you and I no longer pray to or worship the same thing.”
“But we need you to stay at the table and continue the dialogue.”
“That’s not a good enough reason to…wait, what?”
“Your opposition to ordaining gays and lesbians is obviously motivated by hatred and bigotry.”
“No it’s not.”
“Yes it is. What else could it be motivated by?”
“The…uh…words of Scripture? Two thousand years of church teaching?”
“And that sounds like something a blithering idiot would say. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard anyone say about any subject in my entire life.”
“There’s no point in getting hostile. Anyway, it’s true.”
“How do you know that, blithering idiot?”
“I read it at Religion Dispatches.”
“Religion Dispatches also said that bigots regularly like to use sarcasm when confronted by the truth.”
“Actually, intelligent people are often forced to use sarcasm when talking with blithering idiots. But can I ask you a question?”
“Other than wanting to keep spending my pledge check, why are you so anxious to keep people like me around?”
“What do you mean?”
“If we’re bigots…”
“You are bigots.”
“Let me finish. If we’re bigots, why not just show us the door and say, ‘Good riddance?’ Seems like we’re the sort of people you wouldn’t want to associate with.”
“Oh for the love of…I’ll say this slowly. Because we have to keep talking.”
“About what bigots you are.”
“And the point of this dialogue would be what, exactly?”
“How are you ever going to stop being bigots until you first realize that you are bigots?”
“Got it. You want us to start with an idiotic conclusion…”
“Again with the hostility. I swear, I have to have the patience of Job to talk to you.”
“It’s pronounced “jobe,” dinkus. Long O. Anyway, you then want us to search for any premises, however boneheaded, that you can talk yourself into believing support your idiotic conclusion that I’m a bigot.”
“Now you’re getting it.”
“And what if I don’t accept your prearranged idiotic conclusion.”
“That just means that we have to keep talking.”
“Because I’m too stupid to grasp your flawless logic.”
“Well I wouldn’t put it exactly that way but…”
“Riddle me this, Batman. What if I decided that you were a block of cement? And with your subpar intellect, that wouldn’t be much of a stretch.”
“But that’s crazy. I’m obviously not a block of cement.”
“According to you. But what if I decided that you and I were never going to stop talking until you finally accepted what everybody already knew? That you’re a block of cement. A blitheringly idiotic block of cement, actually.”
“I’d never agree to that!”
“Why not, you blitheringly idiotic block of cement?”
“Because it’s not true!!”
“So you can see why I’m never going to agree that I’m a bigot merely for disagreeing with you.”
“But that’s wrong!!”
“Why is that?”
“Because you obviously are a bigot. No question about it.”
“Whatever, you blitheringly idiotic block of cement.”
“Stop calling me that!!”
“Sorry. I forgot that blitheringly idiotic blocks of cement usually are kind of sensitive about it. But we could do this all day. I have to run. I need to find a PCA church to send an insanely large amount of money to. Adios, block of cement.”
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, August 25th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 7 Comments
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Thursday, August 25th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 18 Comments
Irene too-ooh rye ay. Hit the Forward button. And if you live anywhere on the East Coast, turn off your computers and start getting ready now.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 14 Comments
The Obama Administration has turned to billionaire Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive of financial giant Berkshire Hathaway, to make the case for raising taxes on the rich because, says Buffett, he can afford it. On Aug. 22, the White House reportedly chatted with Wall Street’s most famous investor to get his thoughts about the sputtering economy.
What likely got the Administration’s attention was Buffett’s oped in The New York Times. Buffett proposed that “It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.” He implied he would like to see the capital gains be treated equally as income.
To wit, he wrote of the so-called “super-rich,” which he apparently defines as households earning $1 million or more a year: “Most wouldn’t mind being told to pay more in taxes as well, particularly when so many of their fellow citizens are truly suffering.” Isn’t that nice of Mr. Buffett?
But if he were truly sincere, perhaps he might simply try paying the taxes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says his company owes? According to Berkshire Hathaway’s own annual report — see Note 15 on pp. 54-56 — the company has been in a years-long dispute over its federal tax bills.
According to the report, “We anticipate that we will resolve all adjustments proposed by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (‘IRS’) for the 2002 through 2004 tax years at the IRS Appeals Division within the next 12 months. The IRS has completed its examination of our consolidated U.S. federal income tax returns for the 2005 and 2006 tax years and the proposed adjustments are currently being reviewed by the IRS Appeals Division process. The IRS is currently auditing our consolidated U.S. federal income tax returns for the 2007 through 2009 tax years.”
Americans for Limited Government researcher Richard McCarty, who was alerted to the controversy by a federal government lawyer, said, “The company has been short-changing the tax collection agency for much of the past decade. Mr. Buffett’s company has not fully settled its tax bills from 2002-2009. Yet he says he’d happily pay more. Except the IRS has apparently been asking him to pay more going on nine years.”
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 19 Comments
If the price of a gallon of gasoline shoots up to around $15 or $20 dollars a gallon and you have to choose between driving your car and eating, if you have to go to bed and wake up four hours earlier than you normally do in order to get to work on time, if your day ends when the sun goes down because you can no longer light your home, if you have to put on a heavy coat, gloves and a woolen cap just to get to sleep at night during the winter and if television, DVD’s, recorded music and the Internet become distant memories, the Episcopal Organization wants you to know that it’s no skin off their backs:
A proposed pipeline to convey oil derived from “tar sand” in Canada across the American heartland is facing strong opposition from environmentalists – including faith-based groups – staging nonviolent sit-in protests this week in front of the White House in Washington D.C.
“Fighting to stop climate change and working to protect life on the planet as we know it is one of the best ways I know of to witness to the risen Christ,” the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Episcopal priest and a co-chair of Religious Witness for the Earth, an interfaith coalition advocating conservationist causes, told ENS in an Aug. 22 telephone interview.
Uh huh. Destroying the livelihoods of millions of American as well as probably hastening their deaths because they won’t be able to, well, afford the energy to heat their homes, and all because of a theory, is a great way to witness to Christ.
Environmental organizations from across the nation have raised a variety of objections to the pipeline project, citing immediate concerns about damage to animal habitats, potential spills from the pipes and contamination of water and soil along the route, as well as wider concerns about the economic effect of spending millions of dollars to increase the supply of oil instead of developing cleaner sources of energy.
Here’s a thought, dumbasses. Since we’re nowhere near developing “cleaner sources of energy” that can be used on a wide scale, why not do both? Seems to me that this pipeline has the potential to put thousands of unemployed people back to work which would improve Obama’s disastrous economy.
Significantly lowering the price of gasoline would provide the government with a lot more tax revenue, which would mean a lot more money for research into clean energy sources which would mean that they would be developed a lot faster than they would be right now since the Obamaconomy’s in the tank. And putting a lot more money into average American pockets would improve the economy even more since people would have more money to spend and businesses would have to hire a lot more people to fill their orders and sell their goods.
But never mind this pipeline. These people don’t want anyone to dig for any coal or drill for any oil. Anywhere. At all.
Stopping the pipeline and the excavation of oil from tar sands, protest organizers say, is essential to stopping climate change.
“An overwhelming objection is that exploitation of tar sands would make it implausible to stabilize climate and avoid disastrous global climate impacts,” climate scientist James Hansen wrote in “Silence is Deadly,” an essay published in June on his website.
“Easily available reserves of conventional oil and gas are enough to take atmospheric CO2 well above 400 ppm [parts per million],” wrote Hansen, who heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City and is adjunct professor of earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
Climate scientists say that 350 ppm is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
“However, if emissions from coal are phased out over the next few decades and if unconventional fossil fuels are left in the ground, it is conceivable to stabilize climate,” Hansen continues.
James Hansen? The same guy who prefers Chinese dictatorship to American democracy?
The nation’s most prominent publicly funded climatologist is officially angry about this, blaming democracy and citing the Chinese government as the “best hope” to save the world from global warming. He also wants an economic boycott of the U.S. sufficient to bend us to China’s will.
That would be the same China that’s currently industrializing out the wazoo and pumping more alleged greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than we are.
According to Mr. Hansen, compared to China, we are “the barbarians” with a “fossil-money- ‘democracy’ that now rules the roost,” making it impossible to legislate effectively on climate change. Unlike us, the Chinese are enlightened, unfettered by pesky elections. Here’s what he blogged on Nov. 24:
“I have the impression that Chinese leadership takes a long view, perhaps because of the long history of their culture, in contrast to the West with its short election cycles. At the same time, China has the capacity to implement policy decisions rapidly. The leaders seem to seek the best technical information and do not brand as a hoax that which is inconvenient.”
If China and the rest of the world band together and destroy the American economy, James Hansen wouldn’t lose any sleep.
“After agreement with other nations, e.g., the European Union, China and these nations could impose rising internal carbon fees. Existing rules of the World Trade Organization would allow collection of a rising border duty on products from all nations that do not have an equivalent internal carbon fee or tax.
“The United States then would be forced to make a choice. It could either address its fossil-fuel addiction … or … accept continual descent into second-rate and third-rate economic well-being.”
Jimmy’s scientific record is not much better than the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals bullpen.
In 1988, he reportedly told Bob Reiss, author of yet another apocalyptic screed, “The Coming Storm,” that in the next 20 years, “The West Side Highway [in Manhattan] will be under water” and, “There will be more police cars” in New York because “well, you know what happens to crime when the heat goes up.”
Well, there are more cops and less crime, and the West Side is high and dry. One out of three isn’t bad for baseball, but it is horrendous for science.
In 1988, he testified in front of Congress, showing the temperature forecast for coming decades. He had three emission scenarios: One was labeled “A,” which he called “business as usual.” It actually underestimated the growth in greenhouse-gas emissions since then. Even with that error, which should have enhanced global warming more than he predicted, observed temperatures fell far short. He predicted 0.7 degrees Celsius (1.3 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming. This was an overestimate of more than 40 of what was observed between then and now.
How about his scenario “B,” which assumes “decreasing trace gas growth rates?” That one overestimates warming by a bit less than 40 percent (37 percent, to be artificially exact). Scenario “C” is irrelevant, as it assumed massive cuts in emissions beginning in 1988.
Jim Hansen if you need him. But I think these people know deep down that they don’t have a leg to stand on. How else to explain the employment of one of the most ludicrously idiotic arguments I’ve ever seen about anything?
“Like fossil fuels today, slavery in the 19th century permeated the United States economy, both north and south,” the Rev. Fred Small, a Unitarian Universalist minister and RWE founder and co-chair, told the Canadian consulate staff, according to the release. “Abolition was viewed as an economic impossibility. The arguments we hear today in defense of oil and coal are chillingly similar.”
Slavery, Fred? Really? You really want to go there?
Fred’s dumber than a bag of hammers, you have to give him that. One of my reading passions is antebellum American history and I’ve read lots of arguments against abolition. What happened in Haiti, the problem of what to do with the blacks once they were freed(Allan Nevins called it race adjustment), worries about miscegenation or just the general view that African-Americans were an inferior race. But this is the very first time I’ve ever heard anyone argue that one of the arguments against abolition was its potential economic impact on the United States.
Know something? I’ll quite happily sell my car, quit my job, take my lectern Bible and spend whatever time I have left living in a cave and shooting or fishing for my food(I’ll probably be doing it in one of the government’s national parks but since they won’t have any more tourists, it’s a win/win) on one condition.
That people like Jim Hansen and Margaret Bullitt-Jonas are right.
I don’t give a crap that there’s allegedly a scientific “consensus” about climate change. A great many really smart people used to believe that eugenics was an actual science. To expect somebody else to scale back his life to a primitive level and potentially put his family at great risk on the basis of a dubious theory is as monstrous a perversion of the Christian Gospel as it is possible to conceive.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Although she’s been making conservative noises lately, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill returns to her own:
A number of the region’s most prominent political progressives — including former state Sen. Joan Bray, Planned Parenthood chief executive Paula Gianino, University City Alderman Terry Crow, St. Louis Alderman Lyda Krewson and activists Lou Hamilton, Steve Smith and Marilyn Teitelbaum — are co-hosting a fundraising event Tuesday at Pi Pizzeria in the Central West End for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
The list of cohosts is particularly noteworthy because McCaskill has been taking some heat over some of her stances deemed too conservative — such as her opposing to extending unemployment benefits beyond the current 99-week maximum.
UPDATE: On the other hand, Claire does have this. The Koz Kidz are steamed at her.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 33 Comments
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 8 Comments
If you haven’t eaten dinner yet, you might want to hold off reading this until you’ve eaten a good meal and perhaps followed it up with a digestif of some kind, a Chartreuse, say, or a limoncello or anything else that you enjoy.
Anyhoo, Darleen Click wonders if some conservative group somehow got a deep-cover operative inside the New York Times. That’s the only reason she can think of why the Times would ask a bunch of liberals what they would do if they were US president and print their banal and stupid replies. Let’s start with someone named Michael Sandel:
I would lead a campaign against the skyboxification of American life. Not long ago, the ballpark was a place where C.E.O.’s and mailroom clerks sat side by side, and everyone got wet when it rained. Today, most stadiums have corporate skyboxes, which cosset the privileged in air-conditioned suites, far removed from the crowd below. Something similar has happened throughout our society. The affluent retreat from public schools, the military, and other public institutions, leaving fewer and fewer class-mixing places. Rich and poor increasingly live separate lives.
If you’ve got a lot of money, Sharon Olds would like a word with you.
I’d grant the very rich the boon of helping them help others, as a form of gratitude for their good fortune. I’d also connect every creative writing program with a hospital, a school, a library, a prison, a neighborhood center — workshops in the supermarkets! (“Aisles full of husbands! Wives in the avocados, babies in the tomatoes!”)
Pretentious hipster douchebag free verse on Aisle 5!! Andrew Weil would make you wonder why you bothered to vote for him at all.
I’d tell the nation that I was powerless to control the war machine, Wall Street, big oil and the other interests that run the country, and I would urge Americans to form a new political party not beholden to them.
Great idea! Maybe we could call it the Tea Party. And in the meantime, Andrew would get paid tax dollars for sitting on his fat ass and doing nothing at all. I don’t know if Danny Meyer is an Episcopalian or not but he seems to have the right instincts.
Nearly every gut-ripping national debate asks who will get what sliver of a shrinking American pie. Where is there hope in division? Why can’t we bake a bigger, tastier pie — one from which we can all enjoy a slice? If I were president, I’d appoint a blue-ribbon committee of 14 accomplished citizens — one each representing these nonpolitical walks of American life: arts, science, sports, big business, entrepreneurs, tech, medicine, law, education, environment, defense, religion, farming and philanthropy — and charge them with imagining innovative industries that put Americans to work and add value to our world. I’d prioritize among the committee’s ideas, then advocate for a tax code rewarding sustainable job-rich industries, especially those that liberate us from imported oil.
When all else fails, start a task force. And if that task force took four years and didn’t come up with anything practical, useful or worthwhile, at least the members would still have this big ol’ pie they could eat. So there’s that.
Sister Mary David Walgenbach would “ask” corporations to fund her laundry list in much the same way that the KGB used to “ask” Russian dissidents to drop by for a nice chat.
I would invest half of our defense budget in children, young people and in energy conservation.
I would expand the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps and grow both for the next 10 years. A benefit would be two years of free college for two years of service. I’d ask corporations to fund two years of college or a trade school for young women and men from homes stricken with poverty.
I would fund energy-saving improvements — insulation of houses, solar panels and replacement of inefficient furnaces for households making less than $30,000 a year and develop a sliding scale for those earning more than $30,000 a year. I would help small businesses retrofit their buildings.
I would require members of Congress to participate in a weeklong workshop on dialogue, negotiation and compromise before the next session. All sessions would begin with 10 minutes of silence.
And would be followed by seven or eight hours of platitudes and bumper stickers. Geoffrey Canada would tell people that they had to sacrifice and stuff. Of course, the “rich” would have a whole lot more sacrificing to do. Because of The Children.TM
I would have a “grown-up” talk with the American people, emphasizing that we are facing a crisis and solving it will require a spirit of shared sacrifice. Those of us who have benefited mightily from this country and made billions, as well as those who make the minimum wage, must all sacrifice.
The social contract that we have taken for granted must be updated given our tough economic challenges, and all of us must now pay our great country back — giving more than we anticipated just a year ago. Those who can give a lot must do so; those of more modest means must also do their part.
But there is one group that we must protect at all costs — our children. We must sacrifice so that our children won’t inherit a country that is less than the one our parents left us.
No point in locking that particular barn door, Geoff. Patricia Ryan Madson would buy a lid or two of high-grade chronic, lay in rolling papers and several bags of Doritos and then invite the Congress to a…retreat. Yeah. That’s what we’ll call it. A retreat.
I would invite all of the members of Congress to join me in an improvisation retreat. We would spend the time practicing saying “yes” to each other and really listening to one another’s offers. We would create stories of well-being. We would encourage thinking “inside the box.” We would look for innovative ways to use the resources at hand to solve our problems. We would make some mistakes, and we would laugh a lot. Real laughter has been absent in the White House lately.
Might I recommend the Pakistani Black, madam? A engaging little ganja, that, with a surprisingly sophisticated nose and an exhilarating finish. You’d prefer the Cambodian Red? Excellent choice, madam.
Not that anything anybody comes up with is ever going to work or matter very much, believes Neil deGrasse Tyson, what with the American people being dumber than a bag of hammers and all.
The question implies that if you swap out one, put in another, then all will be well with America — as though our leaders are the cause of all ailments.
When you’re scientifically literate, the world looks different. Science provides a particular way of questioning what you see and hear. When empowered by this state of mind, objective realities matter. These are the truths on which good governance should be based and which exist outside of particular belief systems.
Our government doesn’t work — not because we have dysfunctional politicians, but because we have dysfunctional voters. As a scientist and educator, my goal, wouldn’t be to lead a dysfunctional electorate, but to bring an objective reality to the electorate so it could choose the right leaders in the first place.
I still don’t get why so many of the left seem to think that “Vote for me or you’re an effing moron!” is a winning electoral strategy. Finally, Stephen Hannock really needs to put down the bong and I mean the day before yesterday.
1) Name Tom Brokaw and Herbert Allen as my key advisers, along with Mike Nichols, Steve Martin and Fran Lebowitz. Then Jane Rosenthal would be my first lady.
2) Upon being sworn in, a lawmaker would be prohibited from appearing in any still or moving images. (Only candid shots of family and religious gatherings would be permitted.)
3) Immediately after August break, every member of the House and Senate would be required to move for two weeks, with family, to a town or small city in a country outside North America. (Those serving more than one term may only visit an English speaking country once and not on the first trip.)
Dude’s a painter but you probably already knew something like that. The American leftist intelligentsia, if you need them.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Seems that some of the Christian left recognize frauds when they see them. Commenting on that United Organization of Canada suggested reading list of the other day, Jim Naughton had this to say about a certain Episcopal bishop:
Somewhat chagrined to see Spong, whom the left needs to outgrow.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, August 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 36 Comments
The Spanish left wins friends and influences people:
We went in and people were shouting filthy slurs and cursing the Pope and it was awful.
So we knelt down and prayed a Rosary for them in the crowd and got surrounded by angry protesters, shouting and threatening and spitting and filming us and mocking us and trying to burn our flags.
A gay couple came and made out in front of us but whatever.
Anyway, Dominic made us stand up because he felt threatened so we finished our Rosary standing but on the last decade, a fight broke out right next to us between the Catholics who had been standing behind us and and the protesters so some of the other Catholics lead us out of the crowd.
We went back and dropped our bags with Louise and this time Mim stayed back so it was just Me & Dominic & Greg & Billy who went back and prayed a second rosary on the side of the crowd and we got more of the same, people getting up in our faces screaming.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, August 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments
Democratic congressfreakshow Dennis Kucinich has a new cause:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) spoke this weekend at Seattle’s “Hempfest,” invoking the Civil Rights Movement and democratic uprisings in the Middle East while encouraging political participation, including the push for marijuana legalization.
“Open America! Show yourself! Time for mass action! This is why, and how, recent movements for freedom in Tunisia and Egypt gained momentum,” Kucinich said Saturday.
High-grade Humboldt County chronic?
“This is how Gandhi cast off the British Empire.
Sharing his bong with Lord Mountbatten?
This is how America’s suffragettes gained for women the right to vote.
Pass around the ganja and I guess politicians can be convinced of anything.
This is how Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington became a pivotal moment in the civil rights history of this country.”
“Let your voice once again cause America to march, let your voice once again cause America to sing, let your voice once again cause America to seek new freedoms,” the congressman said.
Explains quite a bit, actually. Dennis really isn’t a goofball, brain-dead leftist. He just spends most of his time baked.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, August 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 17 Comments
Somebody buy the Vice-President a teleprompter. Stat:
And so the thing that I’m most embarrassed about in my career of 38 years of having an opportunity to literally meet every major world leader in the last 38 years. I was elected as a 30…29-year-old, young man from modest means. And I’ve had that opportunity. The thing that always embarrasses me is – and in the back of my head, I’m embarrassed in front of you – I’m embarrassed I can’t speak to you in Chinese. I would – seriously – I would rather be able to honour you and show my respect for you by speaking your language, as you honour me by speaking mine.
You’ve literally met every major world leader in the last 38 years, have you, Joe? Every single one? Also, you probably should have told these people that you’re embarrassed that you can’t speak to them in Mandarin. What, did you tell these people after your speech that you were going to go get something to eat and could they recommend a really good Chinese restaurant?
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, August 21st, 2011 | Uncategorized | 46 Comments
Barry Morgan, the Anglican Primate of Wales, indulges in that most delightful of leftist Christian pastimes. Thanking God that he is not as other man are:
Archbishop of Wales Barry Morgan yesterday warned that the British elite must put their own house in order as the country reels from the riots that shattered neighbourhoods across England last week.
Speaking shortly after Prime David Cameron condemned the UK’s “slow-motion moral collapse”, the Welsh Anglican leader warned that “desperate” young people had been set a poor example and Britain’s boardrooms needed a “clean sweep”.
Dr Morgan lambasted the “greed and selfishness” which existed at the top of society.
He told the Western Mail: “I don’t want to condone the behaviour of those who have destroyed property or killed people.
Yes you do, Barry. You’re not fooling anybody.
the other hand I believe we have to ask deeper questions, ‘What causes young people, and really young people, to behave in such a desperate way, to behave in a way which they think is acceptable?
“What causes people to feel so desperate that they can go out and not care about the consequences? There are pockets of our cities that are totally deprived, where our poor feel they have nothing to lose.
“And we have to ask what sort of moral example are they being set by those in authority or positions of power? Headline after headline over the past few years has revealed a society made ‘sick’ by greed and selfishness from the top down.
“We’ve got bankers who’ve been helping themselves to excessively large and unjustified bonuses, MPs exploiting the expenses system and effectively stealing from the public purse, and senior police officers resigning over newspaper phone-hacking scandals. So any plan to tackle the ‘moral collapse’ is likely to fall on deaf ears without a clean sweep of the boardrooms as well as the streets.”
Archescob? What part of Jeremiah 31:29-30 don’t you understand? We realize that over there on the “civilized” side of the Atlantic, you take a much different view of crime and criminals than we do over here on the barbaric side of the pond.
Don’t get me wrong. The whole stupid “understanding the root causes of crime” idea used to be widespread over here and still has a few American adherents. But for the most part, it has no currency anymore, Archesgob. Know why that is?
That British kid who busted a store window and stole himself an iPad or two was, indeed, motivated by greed. But it was not the greed of British bankers, financiers, MP’s or anyone else in the British elite and to suggest that it was a contributing factor is not only stupid but dangerous.
Because the only greed that movtivated that kid was his own.
Over here, we bitterly cling to the quaint notion that people are responsible for their own actions, Barry. Period, end of story. Introduce any sort of mitigating factor into the equation, reply, “Well, certainly, but you have to consider that…,” or say something along the lines of, “While I certainly don’t condone these actions…” and you’re not as serious about sin as you think you are.
Does that mean that I think that all crime should be punished in the same tough way? That’s an entirely different issue but of course not. Courts have always and will always take a variety of factors into account when passing or suspending sentences. And that’s as it should be.
The only point I’m trying to make here is that crime should be acknowledged for what it is. Crime. And blame for crime should be laid where it belongs. With the criminal and with nobody else at all.
Anything other than this comes from the evil one.
In a related story, if South Africa eventually turns into a Zimbabwean hell-hole, the Anglican Communion’s senile grandfather already has an excuse picked out. White people made black people do bad stuff.
Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said apartheid had left South Africans suffering from “self-hate” which is partly to blame for the country’s vicious crime rate and road carnage. “Apartheid damaged us all; not a single one of us has escaped,” said Tutu on Aug. 11 during a book launch at Stellenbosch University’s Institute for Advanced Study near Cape Town.
The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate said the nation was no longer surprised by statistics of violent crime, murder, rape as “when you suffer from self hate you project it to others who look like you.”
As for the nation’s high auto accident rates, he said, “we drive recklessly, inconsiderately, aggressively … because deep down we are angry and so the appalling carnage on our roads during the holidays … [these] horrendous statistics we just accept.”
You know that one’s going to come up for at least the next 75 to 100 years. Of course, it might help if the whites kicked in a little reparations protection money money.
Tutu called for a small “wealth tax” on all white South Africans as they had benefited during apartheid, the race based segregation system that operated between 1948 and 1994, according to the Cape Argus.
He said the wealth tax call was not new but came up during the TRC process where many in the white community were ready for it at that time. “It could be quite piffling, maybe 1 percent of their stock exchange holdings. It’s nothing. But it could have helped,” Tutu said.
“Our white fellow citizens have to accept the obvious: You all benefited from apartheid. But that does not mean that all are responsible for apartheid,” said Tutu, who retired from public life in 2010 at the age of 79.
If crazy old Uncle Desmond seriously thinks that any of that will help, I give South Africa ten years. At the most.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Saturday, August 20th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 29 Comments
The Hammies really hate it when Jews shoot back:
Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, called off a ceasefire with Israel late Friday, Hamas’ Al-Aqsa radio reported.
According to the report, which was quoted by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, Hamas will allow terror factions in Gaza to respond to Israeli attacks in the Strip. Those ‘attacks’ come in response to provocations by the same terror groups in Gaza, such as Thursday’s multiple attacks near Eilat or the barrage of rockets which were fired at Israel from Gaza on Friday.
A representative of the militant group was quoted as having said, “There can be no truce with the Israeli occupation while it commits massacres against the Palestinian people without justification.”