Archive for July, 2009

Against Obamacare

Posted: July 24, 2009 in Politics

I like Ann Coulter’s point at the end of her article, which is offered as an alternative to Obamacare:  “Give the poor and tough cases health stamps and let the rest of us buy health care — and health insurance — on the free market.”

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=32831

This is what public interest liberalism tends to favor — some form of social amelioration for the poor and needy.  In other words, give those who are most in need some help.  Conservatives, except for those who are purists in their view of no state intervention, generally accept some form of public interest liberalism.   (The debate with liberals is over how much, not whether there should be state intervention.)

Unfortunately, too much of liberalism today is welfare-state liberalism, a version of socialism or even fascism — the takeover of whole industries by government.  The mistaken idea behind this liberalism is not amelioration but making everyone equal — not politically equal but materially equal.  This requires a massive redistribution of income.

This form of liberalism will ultimately fail, for the reason that Aristotle pointed out long ago in his criticism of Plato’s socialism: it goes against man’s basic psychology.  Men want to keep the fruit of their labor, not have it taken away.  The more government takes money away from men, the less incentive they have to earn those extra dollars.  Eventually nobody wants to work, or put forth any effort.  Or they simply do enough to get by — and the economy shrinks and collapses.

But amelioration is piecemeal rather than systematic.  It is what could be called “modular.”  We solve one problem at a time.  We give food stamps to those who are hungry, health stamps to those who are sick, and muddle through as best we can, as each problem comes up.

No more big government programs!  Let’s think of piecemeal, modular programs, instead.

Vern

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Metric System

Posted: July 24, 2009 in Logic & Math

I don’t have any problem with the metric system, but have you ever come across guys who go all snooty about it?  As if anyone who wanted to use feet, or inches, or yards, was akin to trailer park trash.  Here is a good corrective to such, what shall we call them, upper class metric twits? 

http://butler-harris.org/archives/126

Vern

Shaping Youth

Posted: July 17, 2009 in Culture

Amy Jussel, a friend from my high school days, has an interesting blog critical of what she calls “classless marketing” and “pornification” — the increasing use of sexualized images in advertising, especially those directed to children and teenagers.  See:

http://www.shapingyouth.org/

Particularly bad is a Burger King ad showing a woman’s mouth open, and in front of it a hamburger suggestive of a phallic symbol, and the word “blow” in the advertising text.  Aside from the moral issue, it looks like it was thought up by college fraternity boys on a beer binge, not by professional advertisers.

In our free, capitalist system, there’s nothing wrong with the profit motive, but when profit is placed before ethics, it’s just plain ol’ greed — one of the seven deadly sins.  Shouldn’t we go back to the idea that corporations ought to uphold moral and ethical standards?  If they did that, they wouldn’t be allowing the frat boys to run their marketing departments.

Vern

Raiatea

Posted: July 16, 2009 in Culture

For beautiful Hawaiian-style singing, check out Raiatea Helm:

Her CDs are at:

http://www.raiateahelm.com/

She’s on You Tube as well.  The quality of the following recording is not great,

but it gives a flavor of her singing style:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sfNu1vTjf4

Here’s CD quality sound:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw8VkpgRIfw

She’s got an angelic voice, but it’s too bad she can’t go on American Idol.  They

don’t allow singers to have agents or contracts before they audition.

Vern

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New Attack on Sarah

Posted: July 1, 2009 in Politics

It’s by Todd Purdum, spouse of former Clinton Press Secretary, Dee Dee Myers:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/07/01/palin-vanity-fair-article-reignites-feud-campaign-aides/

The question is whether such a liberal hack actually wrote the article himself or smouched it from someone else.  For plagiarism charges against Purdum, see: 

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2008/06/04/tyrrell-todd-purdums-plagiarizing-my-latest-clinton-book

In describing Sarah, Purdum speaks of the “utter shortage of qualification for her proposed job.”  This is liberal chutzpah at its strangest, in that lack of qualifications was not seen as disqualifying the liberal choice for president, Barack Obama, community organizer.

Some McCain apparatchiks continue to trash Sarah, refusing to believe that McCain was his own worst enemy.  In fact, Sarah was the only reason anyone thought McCain even had a prayer of winning in the last few months of the campaign — which is why she was so viciously attacked by leftist media.

Liberals are obsessed with the photogenic Sarah, but use her looks as a put down.  Purdum says Sarah is a “fertile female” — the kind of thing that would get the NOW feminists onto you fast if you ever said it about Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama.

Purdum’s article is just another example of hate-rape journalism directed against conservative women (the kind that Playboy published online and quickly pulled).  It is too bad such journalism is aided and abetted by Republican enablers.

Vern