Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A Bang Up Muslim Halloween!

I'm going to a Halloween costume party dressed as a Muslim.

Anybody know where I can get a costume? I need one of those suicide vests they wear with explosives all over it. Fake, of course. I'm going as a pretend Muslim -- not a real homicidal maniac.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

An Inconvenient "Truth"

James Watson recently reminded us that, although you have to be intelligent to win a Nobel Prize in science, you don't necessarily have to be smart. He waded into trouble when he said he was “inherently gloomy about the prospects for Africa.” So far so good. Who in their right mind wouldn't be pessimistic about the corrupt and incompetent countries that infest that continent.

But he twisted a lot of knickers when he added “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really.”

Oh, Oh James! Now you've done it! You should know there are things you can't even bring up much less assert. And this particular link between race and intelligence is one of them. In the seconds it took to utter those words his long distinguished career was in ruins. His lecture tour was canceled, his 40-year tenure as chancellor of the prestigious Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island came to an end. Across Britain, he was being denounced as a racist and there's even talk of prosecuting him under their ludicrous "hate speech" laws.

But why? No, it's not because he's wrong (or right for that matter.) His sin was that he brought it up at all. As a spokes-dolt for London’s Science Museum, one of several venues to cancel appearances, said Watson had gone “beyond the point of acceptable debate.”

"Acceptable debate." That sums it up. There are things you can talk about and some you can't. Reminds me of the Victorian woman who said in regard to Darwin's theory that we descended from apelike ancestors, “Let us hope it is not true, but if it is, let us pray it does not become generally known.”

Now my question is, who decides what is acceptable? Apparently it's the Establishment, which is nothing more than a mob in respectable clothing. And we all know "mob mentality" is a very scary thing. Lets hope research into the cause of cancer doesn't sometime become unacceptable.

The final irony is that the man who first determined the structure of DNA was essentially destroyed by a comment about genetic differences.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Squeeze O.J.

I love the fact Vegas authorities are in hot pursuit of O. J. Simpson for a bunch of crimes including kidnapping - that'll get you a life sentence. Everyone, but a few idiots, knows he butchered his wife and an innocent bystander. He only got off because an incompetent judge and prosecution weren't able to overcome the stupidity of a jury that was primed to nullify any evidence the police could provide. Since then he's been looking for the "real killer" on golf courses around the world

He apparently still feels he is the center of the universe and above the law ... pretty much the definition of a sociopath.

Remember the commercial with him broken-field running through an airport? I like to picture "justice" closing in from behind and hitting him like a ton of bricks.

Oh, and O.J., it looks like what happens in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas after all.

Grief Counselor -- a New Shaman?

Seems like whenever death is in the domestic news you'll see that "grief counselors" were dispatched. Just what do these psychological SWAT teams do? Do they pat the grief stricken on the back saying, "There, there, it's hard, but the pain will lessen." Or, "We might not understand why something so horrible happened, but it's part of God's plan." Or some other drivel. How in the world did our ancestors, and they had grief a-plenty, get by without all this hand-wringing.

Oh, I just remembered one thing counselors definitely do. They help the bereaved reach "closure." That's a term some psychologist invented and the media lapped it up. Not only do they get the story of the victim, (if it bleeds it leads) but now they have another story (we do have air-time to fill you know) on how those left behind are coping as they try to reach this state of mind the "grief-experts" say is important.

And just what is closure? Have you ever heard one of these "experts" define it? My parents died many years ago and I still think about and miss them. Does that mean I need a grief counselor to help me reach that magical state ... whatever it is?