Friday, December 20, 2013

Global warming is unpaused and stuck on fast forward, new research shows

Tired of hearing conservative propaganda that warming has stopped? (yea, George Will, I'm talking about you). This post sets it straight: Global warming is unpaused and stuck on fast forward, new research shows

Some random thoughts, mostly non-political

It's Friday night, so how about unimportant Questions: 1. What is Will Ferrell's appeal? 2. Why are Katy Perry and Beyonce called "singers." 3. Am I the only guy who considers Angelina Jolie unattractive? 4. Why do people like Modern Family? 5. Why is 2 1/2 Men still on the air? 6. Why should I care about any of the Kardeshians? (Misspelled? Maybe-don't give a crap.
Flimsy reasoning in a good cause.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that brings a nationwide shift toward allowing gay marriage to a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it.

Judge Shelby justified his decision,, at least in part, by this argument:  "The state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way." This argument is nonsensical. The following would be justified under this reasoning:

1. People marrying their cousins (of either sex) does not affect regular opposite sex marriages in any way. They should be legal.
2. Many people are attached to their pets. The state should have no right to prevent them from marrying them; after all it doesn't affect others' people's marriages.
3. Some men (certainly not me) might like 7 or 8 wives. That doesn't affect other marriages, either. Live and let live!

Dear skeptical reader:

Before you denounce me as a homophobe, please explain why these "marriages" are any less legitimate than same-sex marriage. 

The Utah government officials, rightly,  asserted it’s not the courts’ role to determine how a state defines marriage. That's the principle of federalism-- different states can make different laws for their domestic institutions. There are of course, limits to federalism, e.g. environmental laws that do not stop pollution from going  into neighboring states, human sacrifice, creation of  a state currency,etc. But gay marriage is different fundamentally

None of what I have said in this post should be interpreted as personal opposition to same-sex marriage. I happen to think it will (and should) pass democratically in every state in the country. But let's not trample the democratic process on such dubious constitutional grounds.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Stupid conservative "arguments"

The guy at this conservative site http://cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/watch-and-youll-never-have-talk-liberal-again#disqus_thread makes a mocking video of some of liberalism' silly talking points. It's pretty funny. I could make a countervideo, though,with stupid conservative "arguments"
1. Government spending doesn't create jobs, except for military spending. 
2. If we lower taxes on the rich, we'll bring in more money! 
3. The average American doesn't realize what a  profound thinker Michele Bachmann is because of the lies of the sexist liberal media. 
4. Government spending is bankrupting us; the government needs to stop spending so much on foreign aid and Planned Parenthood. But don't touch my Medicare or I'll scream "rationing"!
5. Once Obama is replaced by a Republican, we can all breathe easy. The economy will flourish like it did under George W.
6. The problem with our banking and health care systems is that we have any regulations at all. 
7. NPR and PBS and CNN are incredibly biased; Fox News tells us the truth.
8. Obama's a socialist (repeat at least four times a day). 
9. Atheists are bad, except for Ayn Rand and Christopher Hitchens--after all she hated the government and he supported the Iraq war.
10. Keith Olbermann's an obnoxious ideologue; Mark Levin and Michael Savage are just telling it like it is. 
11. Paul Krugman's not a real economist, but Peter Schiff and Art Laffer and anyone from the Cato Institute are. Real economists always support tax cuts and deregulation.
12. The 2008 collapse was all the fault of Barney Frank! No one else!
13. The EPA's attempts to regulate carbon emissions is one step away from Nazism.
14. A fertilized egg is a person because there's a small chance it could develop into one someday.


Responses at the site to my 14 points were not very friendly, I have to say. The word idiot was one of the kindest.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Obama is not anti-Israel

The conventional wisdom is wrong again: the President is a friend of Israel. My letter to the local paper:

Phil Epstein's letter (Nov. 8), "Not sure we can survive four more years of Obama," repeats the common charge that President Obama is anti-Israeli. Mr. Epstein urges no Jews to vote for a man who, he claims, "has thrown us under the bus."
I completely disagree with him. Unlike Mr. Epstein, I will list actual examples that support my view. To take just three:
1. He has funded a missile defense system that protects Israel,
2. He opposed Palestinian membership in the United Nations, and
3. He helped free six soldiers who were trapped in the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.
All three of these actions were publicly praised by the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Another Israeli who doesn't see this alleged anti-Israeli bias is Ehud Barak (former Prime Minister, current defense minister). In an August interview with Fox News, August he said "I can hardly remember a better period of support, American support and cooperation and similar strategic understanding of events around us (Israel) than what we have right now."
In an ironic end to his letter, Mr. Epstein urges the reader to "think" before voting. Finally, we agree.
Jack Davis
Vista

Link: http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/letters/letters-nct-nov/article_fd0e5745-b8f8-5565-9313-1eb000f7e3b2.html#ixzz1dzAP7D9M

Times, Nov.17:

Phil Epstein's letter (Nov. 8), "Not sure we can survive four more years of Obama," repeats the common charge that President Obama is anti-Israeli. Mr. Epstein urges no Jews to vote for a man who, he claims, "has thrown us under the bus."
I completely disagree with him. Unlike Mr. Epstein, I will list actual examples that support my view. To take just three:
1. He has funded a missile defense system that protects Israel,
2. He opposed Palestinian membership in the United Nations, and
3. He helped free six soldiers who were trapped in the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.
All three of these actions were publicly praised by the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Another Israeli who doesn't see this alleged anti-Israeli bias is Ehud Barak (former Prime Minister, current defense minister). In an August interview with Fox News, August he said "I can hardly remember a better period of support, American support and cooperation and similar strategic understanding of events around us (Israel) than what we have right now."
In an ironic end to his letter, Mr. Epstein urges the reader to "think" before voting. Finally, we agree.
Jack Davis
Vista





(What I did not mention due to lack of space was that the Israeli ambassador, Michael Oren, charged Fox "News" with taking P.M. Netanyahu out of context.)
This is the clip: http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201105200032