Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Lattanzi Ten - 2/18/15

This is something new I am going to try. It is essentially ten things that interested me during the day. Sometimes, these will be thematic, other times, they will be completely random. It's just a matter of trying to find my footing once again, especially since I don't have time to do ten separate posts every day. Hopefully this will catch on... -- J.L.

The "summit" on "radical extremism" is coming to a close in Washington, and of course, the cause of most of said "extremism" is a single religion in the world. Yes, I'll make sure we continue to profile Presbyterian grandmothers just in case they wish to separate people from their heads. Actually, the whole premise of the conference is to try and cleave religion away from said extremism. This is completely nonsensical, and very dangerous, but a deliberate strategy from our Political Masters in the White House. If they acknowledge that we are at war with radical jihadist Islam, then it might mean that George W. Bush had a point.

And we can't have that, since everything coming from this administration has been "Al Qaeda is on the run" and "we ended the wars started by that eeeeeeevil cowboy." Ideologically driven? Sure, but also ego driven.

Marie Harf is becoming a minor-celebrity, but not for the reasons she probably wanted. She was rejected as an SNL cast member and now has to lower herself to being a flack for Foggy Bottom. Her latest foray into media-land was to suggest that the best way to defeat ISIS was not to kill them into oblivion, but to...wait for it...

Help them find gainful employment!

Awfully rich coming from people who have to lie about the unemployment numbers to cover up the weakest recovery in modern history. But I digress... a creepy, creepy man. Between the plugs, the obviously dentured overbite, and the whispering of sweet nothings into random women's ears, what's not to love about Joe Biden? 

...but he's not a geocentrist!
In response to a question posed by a student, al-Khaibari says the Earth is “stationary and does not move.”
While al-Khaibari’s remarks have been mocked on social networking sites such as Twitter, regional experts say his anti-science stance is embraced and promoted by leading Saudi clerics in charge of the country’s religious authority.
 So there's that. Moving right along.

I found this piece in The Tablet to be quite fascinating, because one almost gets the sense that it hurt the author to have to write those words. There are lots of qualifiers, such as the following:
The good news then is that the president is a man of reason, a world leader who adjusts to reality as described by facts. Obama is an empirical man.
But the entire piece, no matter how much Smith tries to qualify and mitigate, does not make the case for enabling Iranian nuclear and apocalyptic fantasies is in any way a good thing, and the administration does not come out looking or smelling good. Cologne only masks; it doesn't eliminate.

The last thing this country needs is another Bush in the White House. I usually decide my vote in Presidential years by elimination; there are people that I will never support in any circumstances (in both parties), and then there are people I can tolerate. Jeb Bush is in the former category. So are, for that matter, Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton, and Elizabeth Warren. There will be likely be more in that category as we move closer to the 2016 campaign season.

On this blog, I had a feature called just that; it had to do with how H.L. Mencken described allowing people to vote democratically:
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."
I'm not saying this woman deserved to lose her medical insurance, but elections have consequences. People fell for the "right side of history" nonsense in 2008 and then for more "free" goodies in 2012.  So we have been getting it good and hard for about the last eleven or twelve years (no, the previous administration doesn't get a pass, just blame to a lesser degree than the current one).

Dr. Sowell is a national treasure. Here is some of his common sense comments:
Admitting students strictly on the basis of their academic qualifications, which might seem to be common sense, is rejected by many college admissions committees.
A dean of admissions at Harvard, years ago, said, “the question we ask is: how well has this person used the opportunities available to him or her?” In other words, the issue is seen as which of the competing applicants are more deserving. Since some people have had far better educational opportunities than others, that is supposed to be taken into account in deciding whom to admit.
This myopic view of admissions decisions, as a question of choosing between applicant A versus applicant B, totally ignores the reason for the existence of educational institutions in the first place. These institutions were not created in order to dispense favors to particular individuals, but to confer benefits on society at large, by supplying graduates with skills valuable to the other members of society.
He then goes on to wonder had Jonas Salk (the inventor of the Polio vaccine) been denied entrance to various educational institutions in favor of someone with, ahem, "less privilege" (to use the modern buzz phrase).

As always, read the whole thing.

9. Catholic Colleges Trying To Be Of the World...

This pretty much covered my college experience. Yes, we had theology classes (it was my major, after all), but there was (and still is) the false dichotomy of "social justice" versus doctrine. As if "Love the Lord, your God" is opposed to "Love your neighbor." However, that's exactly how many Catholic colleges, especially those, ahem, "in the Jesuit tradition" operate.

People who talk about following the doctrines of the Catholic Church are written off as crazy radicals and those who favor governmental redistribution are the good guys. It was always fascinating to see the reaction of the latter when the principle of actual charity was brought up, as if to prove the point made in study after study about who supports real charity as opposed to confiscation and redistribution. 

10. The Apology Heard 'Round the World...

I am convinced that for a certain amount of people, the only satisfactory ending to the Alex Rodriguez saga is for him to self-immolate. No apology was going to be good enough, and that says more about those fans than it does about A-Rod himself. Being the contrarian, I hope he hits 40 homers this year, just to stick it to his critics. 

As I have explain in past mock Hall of Fame ballots, I am so very tired of the double standard applied against players of this era, especially when known amphetamine junkies roamed the fields for decades. I realize that many of the sportswriters are just trying to assuage their own guilt, but seriously, if you feel that guilty about letting Mark McGwire's bottle of andro slip by, then quit writing about sports, and go ritually purify yourself through fire.

Bonus. Bill Nye Gives Up The Game

Hot: Global Warming. Cold: Climate Change.

That tells you all you need to know about the biggest scam to which the "scientific community" has ever been privy. But it's ok to lie. Because you know. Environment.


Doyler said...

Joe Biden is America's drunk uncle.

Joshua Lattanzi said...

Best insurance policy ever, is he.