Thursday, September 24, 2015

This 'N' That...

Nope. I'm not dead, just unmotivated. You see, a lot of what moved me to put pen to paper finger to keyboard was stuff that torqued me off, and there's just a lot less of that these days...

In no particular order, though, are a few things I've been stewing over...

So, the pope has a Fiat.

Sure, there's six armored Suburbans getting 3 MPG assigned to guard him, but by gosh the Pope chose a Fiat 500 for transportation around the US. He sure is humble, driving around in a Fiat guarded by soldiers armed with machine guns (are they Christians, Frankie?). You know what would have spared the environment even more? If you had stayed in Rome and bashed America from there.

Very disappointed in the alleged leader of the Catholic Church. Kinda makes me glad Obama deliberated spited him. Last time I checked, the Pope was supposed to lead Catholics in matters of faith. Not beat us about the head and shoulders over junk science.

The "clock".

I won't even dignify this one with a link, but I think everyone knows about the muslim teenager in Irving, TX, who "invented" a clock, brought it school, and got arrested because it might have sort of looked like a bomb. The narrative is that the eeeeeevil right wing Texas school board had the budding young Edison arrested solely because he's a muslim, and that if he had been a white kid, this never would have happened.

Now, I happen to agree with this last part - if he had been a white student, he never would have gotten invited to the White House, he never would have had a talk with MIT, he never would have been consulted by Silicon Valley companies, nothing. He would have served his suspension in silence. Why do I know this? Because it has happened over and over for decades with no fanfare.

Look, I don't know the kid's motives, nor that of his father. It really doesn't matter. Whether they're agitating for muslim rights (and, no, the reaction of the school doesn't vindicate the idea of bias against muslims; zero tolerance policies are just that stupid) or not, the one fact that has jumped out at me throughout all of this is how blatantly this "project" looks like a ten minute rush job the morning it was due. I mean, it really looks like this kid grabbed a standard clock, unscrewed the housing, then put it back together in a different case. It'd be like cutting the rind off a honeydew melon, placing it on a cantalope, and then claiming you had genetically engineered a new fruit. And yet everyone has lost their bloody minds over this kid's engineering prowess - I'd say he's a fairly good *social* engineer, in that he has played his role perfectly.

#ShoutYourAbortion

Another one I won't dignify with a link. I'm trying really hard to wrap my mind around the concept that people are actually up-in-arms over the push to defund Planned Parenthood after the little incident about selling organs from aborted fetuses. The left is so desperate to continue the bulls**t "war on women" and hang it around the GOP that they are actively supporting monsters who sold human body parts from aborted fetuses. People, the goddamned NAZIS weren't this evil.

I'd urge you to think long and hard if the GOP is who you're angry with over this whole mess.

But yeah, go out and crow about murdering infants. That's certain to resonate with the vast majority of Americans who either haven't had abortions or at least had the common decency to realize that, while it might be the best of all possible bad outcomes, it's still a pretty damn horrible thing to do. It's certainly nothing to brag about, and if you do find yourself bragging about killing a baby to score political points, seek professional help. Look, I understand and accept that there are valid reasons for terminating a pregnancy. I don't think it should be illegal, but it should have more oversight than it currently does.

And now that I've thoroughly pissed everyone off, I'll go back to hibernation...

That is all.


11 comments:

Montana said...

It's weird seeing you ask for more government oversight on anything. As the father of three happy boys, I know my personal stance on abortion, I'm just unwilling to make that decision for others. I've seen too many seriously screwed up people that have no tools for raising kids. Private charity simply doesn't pick up the slack. I'd certainly prefer these people give their kids up for adoption but they are so frigging drug addled they can't even use a condom. You aren't going to get a kid out of that. You are going to get a basket case.

Anonymous said...

The Church doesn't have much of a record with science. Just ask Galileo.

Gerry

Armed Texan said...

@Montana

Some people, myself included, believe that every human life has inherent worth. And this is not a religious argument as there are many atheist and libertarians who are also pro-life.

The worth of a human life is not measured by the circumstances it happens to be in. It is not qualified by its parentage. It is not determined by one woman, particularly if she is too "drug addled" to "use a condom". Its worth is inherent in its existence and "Governments are instituted among Men" to "to secure these rights" which include "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". That is the basic and only function of government. So it is not hypocritical to call for laws against things like murder, theft, fraud, and abortion while also noting the government is destroying our rights though no-knock warrants, EPA regulations, and confiscatory taxes.

Old NFO said...

Snerk, love Gerry's comment! Re the 'clock', daddy is a militant activist. That whole thing was a setup IMHO...

Roy said...

The madness over the Church and Galileo just never ends.

The Church at the time of Galileo was much more faithful to reason than Galileo himself. The church did not oppose science. Perhaps some individuals within it did, but many of the scientists of the day were also churchmen.
Greory Mendel who gave us the start of genetics was a Monk. Copernicus was a Canon (not a priest). The "Big Bang theory" was first postulated by Robert Grosseteste, a Catholic Bishop. Basel Valentine was a Monk who through his observations & notes became one of the first chemists. (Monks developed the worlds first champagne.)
Indeed, it was the church that built and supported the universities of the time.

Mark Matis said...

I would only note that the "clock" in question is about as close as Muslims are able to come to "inventing" things.

Chris in TX said...

When you said the Pope has a Fiat I thought you were talking about his all-terrain Popejeep. In case His Holiness wants to hit Black Bear Pass on his tour of the US.

Ted said...

I suspect that MIT got a lot more out of that meeting than the kid will. Being invited for a visit is hardly the same thing as being the one out of 14 applicants that receives thier tube on Pi Day. ( acceptances are sent out on March 14th ) .

A digital clock might have been impressive in 1973 ..... This year you'll need to be on your 3rd round of VC funding to get some attention.


DocRambo said...

And I thought I was the only one daring to castigate this Pope! Never been so disappointed. The more Christian heads the Muslims cut off, the more this sorry excuse for a human being tries to make nice with them. Continually reaching out and allowing our fellow Christians to be martyred is just plain wrong. Surrounding himself with Climate Change fanatics and refusing to see the false data and climate reporting that is all based on is pure folly. He should stick to matters of faith and leave the redistribution of wealth to the Commies.

Sailorcurt said...

You're impression about the kid's clock was right on the money. According to this engineer, the kid didn't "build" anything, he disassembled an old clock and reassembled it inside the pencil box:

http://blogs.artvoice.com/techvoice/2015/09/17/reverse-engineering-ahmed-mohameds-clock-and-ourselves/

If the kid really did claim that he built it, he was laying, either as part of the increasingly plausible setup, or just to get attention.

Sailorcurt said...

"You aren't going to get a kid out of that. You are going to get a basket case."


Maybe...maybe not. The odds may be heavily in favor of the "basket case", but what right does anyone have...even the sperm and egg donors...to refuse to allow them the chance? Seems to me that such a decision is above our paygrade.

If not, why is the moment of birth the uncrossable line? If a parent gets to decide whether their kid deserves to live or die, why limit the window for this decision to the first 9 months of life?