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Women in Combat, Men in Society

In the movie “I, Robot”, there is a scene in which Will Smith’s character is explaining what his beef is with robots.  Apparently, he was in a car accident that sent him and another vehicle, this one containing an eleven year old girl, careening into deep water.  A robot comes to their rescue;  seeing that it can’t save both, it makes a calculation about the relative value/worth/rescuability etc of the two individuals, and chooses to save the Will Smith character, who says, with bitterness, something to the effect, “It was the wrong choice.  A human would have known that.”  … continue reading...

23 Sure Fire Ways to End Gun Violence in America

I have come out several times on this blog on the issue of guns that has made some people believe that I have no solutions to offer.  To show that I am a reasonable fellow, and in honor of Obama’s recent list of ‘orders’ that are aimed towards curbing gun violence, I would like to suggest my own ideas.  Some of them actually are on his list, so that proves I’m willing to consider all sides of this issue.

  1. Have doctors ask patients if they own guns.
  2. Have health providers report threats of violence.
  3. Require patients to disclose to health
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Pravda has a point: culture considerations in the gun control debate

The stalwart propaganda rag for Russia, Pravda, has published an article on gun control that makes a good point:

The excuse that people will start shooting each other is also plain and silly. So it is our politicians saying that our society is full of incapable adolescents who can never be trusted? Then, please explain how we can trust them or the police, who themselves grew up and came from the same culture?

I made a similar point in a blog entry a week or so ago titled “Somewhere somebody with a gun is protecting you.”  Gun control … continue reading...

25 killed in Sandy Hook, the world mourns. 500 Christians burned alive in a Nigerian Church, *yawn*

UPDATE: I have determined that this image DOES NOT go with this event, so I think it unlikely that the event itself did not happen. I await further clarifications. In the meantime, the post remains the same as it was for posterity’s sake.  Details.

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What happened in Sandy Hook was a horror upon horror, but there are many horrors in the world–so many that there is no way we can keep track of all of them.  So many that if we knew even a handful more than we know already, we would be overwhelmed.  But how is it that … continue reading...

Should States Decide Which Lives are Worth More than Others? A response to Jaime King’s Article In Nature Magazine

In the November 2012 issue of Nature professor Jaime S. King has an article titled “Politics and fetal diagnostics collide.”  The summary:  “Without better regulation, non-invasive prenatal genetic tests will be targeted by US anti-abortion lobbyists.”

For the record, I have notified Professor King of this post.  UPDATE:  She has replied and says she will write a response.  I have also found an online copy of the article that won’t cost you $32 to download.

Clearly, King and I will be world’s apart on the issue of abortion.  It follows that there is much that I find in her article … continue reading...

The False Premises of Gun Control Advocates

The premises that drive gun control advocates are all false, which is why the well-meaning ones will always fail in their efforts.  As I argue in this recent blog post, all people will die.   What can be worse than death?  Why waste time fighting guns when we should be fighting death?  The answer is easy enough;  at present, no one believes that anything can be done about the problem of ‘death.’  One solution has been put forward, but it has terms that many reject (Christianity).  If anyone seriously proposed getting rid of death, the error would be obvious and … continue reading...

Dan Barker’s War on Religion, Though Childish, Has Adult Implications

Dan Barker’s Freedom from Religion Foundation is immersed in their annual war against all things religious.  That is of course how they view it:  a war.  In this war, they have had quite a few successes, in large part because they realized early on that public sentiment was not on their side.  That is, they could never achieve their goals legislatively.  Their only hope was to turn to the courts, and here the playing field is more to their advantage.  After all, it is easier to persuade one judge or three than it is a million, hundred thousand, etc.

In … continue reading...

I hate it when I’m wrong, and even more when I’m right

So my good friend Danny is just waiting to pounce, adding on to his epic fish slap the fact that my predicted Romney landslide did not take place.  There was no landslide.  There wasn’t even a Romney.  The post was:  Romney in a Landslide, if the election is fair.  I stated my reasoning in that article, but it is worth addressing some points again with the benefit of hindsight.

In 2010, the Dems were routed.  In liberal WI, the Dems were not only routed, but routed again when the Republican Supreme Court Justice David Prosser won, and again when … continue reading...

Is it true that women only earn 77 percent for each dollar earned annually by men and 82 percent of each dollar earned weekly?

Is it true that women only earn 77 percent for each dollar earned annually by men and 82 percent of each dollar earned weekly?

That’s what you hear over and over and over and over and over again.  It showed up in the presidential debate.  I saw it in recent comments on an article.  It came up here in Wisconsin, where I live.  It is stated on this website dedicated to ending the ‘wage gap.’

You know what I think?  Rubbish.  Propaganda. Manipulation.  In short: Bull-crap.

This assertion is an aggregation of data that does not reflect the real world, … continue reading...

My Response to Wisconsin-La Crosse Professor Bradley Butterfield’s Column Promoting Abortion in the Name of ‘Women’s Rights’ with Overpopulation the Real Target

On October 4th, UW-L English professor Bradley Butterfield had his guest view defending abortion in the name of ‘Women’s Rights’ and it was clear to me that this was really just a cover for his real agenda, which is population control.  I don’t know him well enough to know if he is even aware of his real agenda or not.  Anyway, here is his column. [archived]

Today, the La Crosse Tribune posted my response, which I have pasted below in its original format.  (The Trib edited it somewhat.  Not too badly, but some of my phraseology was intentional).  … continue reading...

We are all bullies now: Jennifer Livingston, meet Kenneth Krause, Liberal, Atheist, Secular Humanist

So I was minding my own business of late so was out of the loop with this whole Jennifer Livingston business.  I find this ironic, because the whole thing is going on in my own geographic area and it touches on a number of issues that rile me up.

A local news anchor (Jennifer Livingston) received an email.  Here is the text:

It’s unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years. Surely you don’t consider yourself … continue reading...

I Can See the Holocaust from My House

Originally Posted at Laigles Forum


Tina Fey, impersonating Sarah Palin, joked, “I can see Russia from my house.”

I can see the next holocaust from my house, and it is no joke.

In the decades leading up to one of the most horrific chapters in human history, the leading lights of the day openly discussed bringing about those horrors. Eugenics was posited as the rational position of all intelligent, well-meaning individuals. In journals, newspapers, academic conferences, public health offices and elsewhere, they talked about sterilizing people with or without their consent, segregating them from society, or even exterminating them. And … continue reading...

Why Christianity is Opposed to Homosexuality

An atheist friend challenged me to give this answer after I explained to him the difference between opposing something and feeling justified to act violently about it.  You may guess this started with the recent Egypt/Libya thing.  The particular example, predictably, was homosexuality.  He seemed to think, like many secularists, that because Leviticus calls for the Jews to execute homosexuals that somehow this meant Christians ought to do the same, or else they are inconsistent.

While there are a million things wrong with that kind of insinuation that anyone truly conversant with the Scriptures could point out, I will address … continue reading...

Full Circle: Barack Obama’s Jimmy Carter Iranian Hostage Moment

The recent turn of events in the Middle East has me thinking that we may be seeing the Obama term complete it’s mimicry of Carter’s presidency.  The Iranian hostage crisis fleshed out the numerous ways in which Carter was deficient.  It was all part of a package, you see;  the floundering economy, the diminished standing of the United States, the inability to protect American interests at home… and abroad… all flowed inexorably from the Carter worldview. The present malaise in America, the neutered role of the US in the world, and the inability to take a forceful stand in defense … continue reading...