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Friday, September 16, 2005

The Nanny State

Dennis Prager: The feminization of society: Judeo-Christian values: part XXII: " The latter is what is happening in America. The Left has been successful in supplanting masculine virtues with feminine ones. That is why 'compassion' is probably the most frequently cited value. That is why the further left you go, the greater the antipathy to those who make war. Indeed, universities, the embodiment of feminist emotionality and anti-Judeo-Christian values, ban military recruiters and oppose war-themed names for their sports teams."

My mother had only an eighth grade education, but she had it right. Women want to take care of their husbands and their children. If you put them into places of authority in government, before long the government will want to take care of every body. The hen-pecked husband is a slave to his care-giver, and the hen-pecked citizen is a slave to his feminized government.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Future Is in Our Own Hands, Isn't It?

As was the case with Katrina, experts say the federal government hasn't done enough to prepare. "L.A. Quake Damage Would Dwarf Hurricane Katrina."

WASHINGTON -- As many as 18,000 people dead. More than $250 billion in damages. Hundreds of thousands of people left homeless. That's not the latest estimate of Hurricane Katrina's toll on the Gulf Coast. That's a worst-case scenario if a major earthquake were to hit Los Angeles.

As was the case with Katrina, experts say the federal government hasn't done enough to prepare. "

Ge 11:4 "And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth."

It was very sensible, you know:

There may be another flood, they said to each other at Babel. We have to build a tower big enough so that we can escape. By our collective action we can escape the ravages of nature that we refuse to believe are under the control of the Creator. This is the only solution. We will be scattered and destroyed by the forces of impersonal nature. We are in this on our own. There is no God and there is no power except our collective power.

The alternative that some old fogies talk about is stupid. They talk about repentance and faith and trust in God. How dumb is that? We make our own heaven and earth. Hence, the tower. People in the future will praise us for our foresight.

God, as usual, writes the final chapter on human endeavors:

"Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." Gen. 11:7-9

Yes, It Will Be Rebuilt

New Orleans will be rebuilt. It is port to the greatest commercial river system in the world. Huge amounts of the basic stuff that makes America live pass one way or another through the ports at the mouth of the Mississippi: oil, agricultural and industrial stuff, and raw materials. It will come back. It would be good if it would be done by private enterprise and become a good, solid Republican city, but that would be a pipe dream, I suppose. We will see.
Hurricane DVD Meant For New Orleans Sat On Shelf: "As far back as September 2002, FEMA had met with city and church leaders to discuss the problem of evacuating people who lacked transportation.
But problems arose. Among them was a concern that residents who gave their neighbors a lift out of the city could face legal liability if something went wrong, according to the Times.
Legislation was introduced last year to release drivers from liability in the event of a hurricane. But it was opposed in the Louisiana House by members who were concerned that drunken drivers could escape responsibility for an accident if they were transporting evacuees."

Does this article raise the odor of trial lawyers? Will we have an investigation to see what role the litigation disease, fueled by trial lawyers, had in the deaths of the poor in New Orleans? Hmmmmm? Probably not. Any more than we will have a report on the role that environmentalism had in limiting repair to the levees, for fear of harming a snail or crawdad.

Do ideas have consequences? Does the Nanny State really take care of us. See my article at the Basket of Figs website: The Nanny Church in the Nanny State.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Both wars on poverty are being lost. Is there a relationship?

A Poverty of Thought: "The senator [Barack Obama], 44, is just 30 months older than the 'war on poverty' that President Johnson declared in January 1964. Since then the indifference that is as bad as active malice has been expressed in more than $6.6 trillion of anti-poverty spending, strictly defined."
We are losing the wars against both kinds of poverty. Ignorance of basic princples of thought, morals, religion, and law abounds on every side, in spite of trillions of local, state, federal, and foundation grants to education. “Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?” (Pr 17:16 av)

I have taken a few digs at George Will about his belief that there is no intelligence in the design of a penquin, but this is a good article. Will knows nothing about the God of the Bible, but sometimes makes sense when he talks about things he knows about.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Shame! Shame!

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Jack Kelly: No shame: "Jason van Steenwyk is a Florida Army National Guardsman who has been mobilized six times for hurricane relief. He notes that:
'The federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but the volume of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented. The federal response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne.'"

Well, well, well. Maybe the real scandal over Katrina was the bias of the news reporting in trying to pin something else on Bush, and the vulture like response of the Democratic partisans who will tell any lie, magnify any failing, and gleefully pounce on any carcass, real or perceived, in order to chase some illusion, no matter how faint, that the American people would want them back in power in Washington. Your heroes are Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, Barbara Boxer, and Barbra Streisand, right?

Now it appears that most of the people in N.O. did really escape after all.

More of the Jack Kelly article:

"Journalists who are long on opinions and short on knowledge have no idea what is involved in moving hundreds of tons of relief supplies into an area the size of England in which power lines are down, telecommunications are out, no gasoline is available, bridges are damaged, roads and airports are covered with debris, and apparently have little interest in finding out.

"So they libel as a "national disgrace" the most monumental and successful disaster relief operation in world history.

"I write this column a week and a day after the main levee protecting New Orleans breached. In the course of that week:

"More than 32,000 people have been rescued, many plucked from rooftops by Coast Guard helicopters.

"The Army Corps of Engineers has all but repaired the breaches and begun pumping water out of New Orleans.

"Shelter, food and medical care have been provided to more than 180,000 refugees."

Shame, shame, shame.


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