Scary Article About Attitudes in Europe

Or about the rise of Islam in Europe. Or the decline of a willingness to fight for freedom.

Courtesy of Kim.

Scary lines from the article. About a European feminist:

“The dominant ethos,” he told De Volkskrant, “is perfectly voiced by the stupid blonde woman author with whom I recently debated. She said that it is sometimes better to let yourself be raped than to risk serious injuries while resisting. She said it is sometimes better to avoid fighting than run the risk of death.”

And from a secularist:

“I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it.”

There is a discussion of how the attitude of the secularist – really read atheist – mindset leads to this.

Secularists, it seems to me, are also less keen on fighting. Since they do not believe in an afterlife, this life is the only thing they have to lose. Hence they will rather accept submission than fight. Like the German feminist Broder referred to, they prefer to be raped than to resist.

I had never thought of this. I’ve been thinking a lot about what the logical outcomes of naturalism is. I had never thought that submission for survival was one of them.

Re: Immigration Issue: Some Facts

A response that started as a comment on the Houston Metro Blog article Immigration Issue:Some Facts but it got too long.

Adrian I hope you feel better after venting, but most of your arguments are strawmen.

The thing that most pisses people off is the idea that a group of people break our laws and then protest against us wanting to enforce them. And right now they are breaking more laws – skipping school – to do the protests.

Not all Hispanics are immigrants

People are not calling on the deportation of every hispanic person in America. They want people who have broken the law to be held accountable. I don’t think it helps you to decide everything is based on race, therefore any non-racist argument is irrelevant.

Illegal Immigrants do not free load on welfare or healthcare

Illegal aliens may be afraid to go to a hospital, but they do. When you are desparate you’ll do what you are afraid of. Your argument doesn’t include the use of services provided to the poor – which are part of the welfare system – that do not require identification.

And you side stepped the educational system. We accept students in to our schools without questioning their citizenship status.

Illegal Immigrants are a drain on the economy because they don’t pay taxes.

Not paying taxes helps the economy, not hurts it. The argument is they don’t pay income tax on the income they do earn like everyone else. This is a problem because again it is against the law. And I don’t like paying income taxes, but I do it anyway and others should too.

America is all Immigrants

America is made up of Immigrants. But the vast majority of those Immigrants played by the rules to get here. It is an indignity to call on them to justify illegal Immigration now.

Culture vs. Citizenship… the kids are waving Mexican flags.

I actually agree with you somewhat. Waving the Mexican flag is just like waving the Irish flag. But it is bad PR for your movement. If they had waved both the American and Mexican flag it wouldn’t have seemed such a big deal. And of course it makes this a Mexican issue and not a Hispanic issue.

The issues isn’t simple and won’t have a simple solution. We need immigration and the current system doesn’t work well. But we also need law and order.

What solution are you offering? Just say everyone who broke the law should be given a pass and made citizens? That’s rubbing people the wrong way.

None of this deals with the issue of national security and a porous Mexican border. If illegal aliens can cross the border, so can foreign terrorists.

Coke and Freedom

Yuna has a great post putting all the things we take for granted here in the USA in perspective.

I worry my kids don’t know how good they have it. I wonder how to show them. Take a trip to a third world country? Visit missionaries working in those places? Go volunteer at a food bank or our church’s sister congregation in the poor part of Houston?

But reading Yuna’s post I wonder what I need to do to not take things for granted.

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Don’t Stand There Do Something

….is not always the best way to handle things. From Powerline about the Katrina Relief Appropriation Bill.

No one made any calculations to come up with the $50 billion number; it was just nice and round. No one has a plan as to how it should be spent. No one has prioritized projects. No one has put any controls on what FEMA does with the money. Congress has just handed FEMA $50 billion and said: “Here, spend this please. And there’s lots more coming.” As a conservative, I find this scary; but what makes it downright weird is that many of the Congressmen and Senators who passed the $50 billion more or less by acclamation, and who will appropriate much more in the months to come, are at the same time denouncing FEMA for rank incompetence. Why would you give $50 billion, with no controls or even suggestions as to how it might be spent, to an agency you think is inept?

I don’t do a lot of posting about Politics, last post was September 6th and was more about blogging than politics. And I constantly needle my wife about her focus on it and on reading “right wing wacko” blogs all the time. But a post by a lefty on how he likes to cuss when discussing the incredible stupidness of conservative bloggers, got me to read Powerline today and inspired me to add them to the blogroll.

Sometimes the government is so incredibly stupid you’d think the right and the left could agree. I realize both may have difficulty agreeing on many things they believe are gross stupidity. But I’d think the government saying spend $50 billion because we need to show we are doing something, would be one of the things they could agree on.

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Politics of Blogging

While surfing and looking for yet more ways to make me think about how popular to unpopular Reactuate is, I discovered this summary of a paper on political blogs in the 2004 election.

Cool stuff. Interesting that the number of blogs were equal. Also interesting was news outlets preferred by liberal bloggers. Conservative’s preference for Fox News wasn’t surprising, but it was interesting that almost all links to salon.com were from liberals.

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Did Guns Get Him Fired?

My wife pointed to a page describing Joe Huffman’s firing. It is a detailed look at how he used log files to determine who was reading his blog and what they were reading.

First it is fascinating to see how much you can learn from your logs. I knew you could because I did some of this kind of stuff when I wrote my book on Tango. I often wish I could write code to track users now, to see where they go and how.

After reading the whole thing I found one glaring problem. Joe says that he could determine what computer was used to access his site and could tell that someone was coming to his site from inside PNNL. He could tell when a specific person (Una Carriera) involved in his investigation came, presumably because he knew her computer address/name. Another person started looking at his site at the same time that he codenamed PUCK.

He assumes this person was one of the investigators. He may be right, but he might not. Might just be another employee with an interest in guns, or him. Matter of fact it might be another pro-gun employee who got caught up in the case.

Might be just who he says though. The fact they searched specifically for him via Google could be damming. Of course could just be another interested person.

It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Boomershoot sounds interesting as well.

Republicans, Have Some Class

So we won. There is no need to gloat. This is a golden rule kind of thing. Remember how we felt in 1996 when Dole lost to Clinton and we thought the world was going to end and the streets were going to run red with the blood aborted babies? That’s how our Democratic friends are feeling now. So give them a break.

I work in a heavily Republican office. My office mate is one of 2 Democrats working here. I hope I’ve been gracious is our discussion of the results of last night. But one of my co-workers sticks her head in and starts singing “Whose in the white house, Bush Bush” to the tune of Who Let the Dogs Out.

I did immediately say “I’m trying to convince him we Republicans have some class. But that just went out the window.”

Another co-worker is giving the other Democrat crap for losing. Now in this case they have been going back and forth for weeks over the election, but still give it a rest. You won, be big about it.

The only Democrat who deserves derision is this guy who runs a fairly good Mac blog. America isn’t rotten to the core. Give me a break. And the streets of Houston aren’t covered in garbage, the streets of liberal San Francisco are. Any way I’ll avoid a rant on his post. He can always move to France.

And while I did stay up till 1:30 AM this morning I also went to see Team America. It is funny in the same way South Park is.