In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this
Archive for March, 2012
President Obama assured President Medvedev of Russia, that he will have more flexibility to talk about the European missile defense system after the November elections. Unfortunately he had not intended for this little exchange to become part of the public domain, as he evidently was under the impression that the microphone was off – well, it wasn’t. Of course, it is encouraging that the President of the United States and the President of Russia have such a personal relationship, that they share more with each other than Obama is willing to share with his own electorate.
I used to be a Catholic; one of those who were baptized at birth – so, I didn’t have much of a choice in the matter. Subsequently, I became an agnostic. I never shared in the uncompromising rampant atheism of an Ayn Rand, simply because I didn’t care enough to even consider becoming rampant. But I do like to keep religion and politics apart. That’s why I can’t quite bring myself to like Santorum. Romney, on the other side, has done well keeping religion out of politics. I don’t care which religion either one of them follows: as long as neither man’s religion demands of its followers to kill people of a different faith, or to discriminate against a particular gender – you know what I mean.
Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, issued a fatwa that demands the destruction of all churches on the Arabian Peninsula, referring to the Hadiths, according to which the Prophet allegedly forbids the existence of two religions in Arabia.
Contrast this to the free world, where mosques and minarets do occasionally meet with resistance from local residents, but can nevertheless be built (and do get built) fairly frequently. However, stating the obvious, namely that freedom of religion (and any other freedom for that matter) does simply NOT exist in the Middle East other than in the tiny state of Israel, remains a daring undertaking, unless one is prepared to be referred to as an islamophobe and fascist bigot.
Hurrraaa ! I have registered for the Freedom Fest 2012, which is going to be staged in Las Vegas in July this year.
Frankly, Las Vegas is not my town; I don’t gamble, I don’t drink and I remain faithfully and happily married to my wife and never have to worry about whether what happens in Vegas will remain in Vegas. But this gathering is something to truly look forward to. Many people I know who attended these conferences in previous years never made it out of the hotel, because the speakers, events, forums, and discussions kept them too enthralled.
Alberta – most people south of the Canadian border don’t know it. Some might listen up when they hear names of places like Calgary, Banff or Jasper. Ever since the Keystone Pipeline debate, a few more might know that Alberta has oil-reserves that are second only to Saudi-Arabia and Venezuela. Even fewer would know that Alberta constitutes an island of wealth in a vast sea of economic tsunamis.
Alberta has been governed by Conservative Parties in one form, shape or another, ever since 1971.
“Social Justice” – a term based on the principles of equality and solidarity.
And who can doubt the moral righteousness of equality and solidarity? After all: we are all equal, are we not?
We are all born equal, right?
And we all feel solidaric with each other, don’t we?
I mean, we ought to, ought we not?
Of course we ought to, for we would be nothing else but a bunch of selfish, uncaring and anti-social monsters if we didn’t.
Fascists, to be exact. Evil, greedy and self-centered egomaniacs, not worth being called human beings.
This is what we have been taught all our lives long.
We are no better than the lowest of us.
We don’t deserve better than the lowest of us.
On February 29th, Rush Limbaugh precipitated a media firestorm, when he engaged in a personal attack on a Georgetown University Law Center student, who had advocated mandated private health insurance for contraceptives at an unofficial Congressional hearing on that topic. He referred to her as a “slut” and a “prostitute” and thereby rendered the case against the mandate a profound disservice. He also exposed himself to allegations of misogyny in very much the same way as Bill Maher has done on numerous occasions in the past. Of course, Limbaugh’s transgression was much more widely noticed, which can come to nobody’s surprise, considering the left-leaning bias of published opinion.