Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Court allows mother to collect dead son’s sperm

This story just disturbed me, in a number of ways.

The story in a nutshell: Nik Evans died after a bar fight (he fell and hit his head).  His mother wants to carry out his wish of having children someday (according to her, he wanted three kids).  So before he’s taken off life support, she wanted to collect some of his sperm to carry out this wish.  Judge Guy Herman says yes.

This is a horrible story, and the mother is rightly grieving.  But keeping her son’s sperm so she can “keep a piece of him” isn’t the way to honor him.

There’s a bioethics expert from the University of Texas who says Texas state law gives parents control over a child’s body, but sperm isn’t clearly called out.  The problem here is that Evans wasn’t a child – he was 21, an adult for at least three years.  At want point do a parent’s right to the body of a child end?  Not having read the Texas law, I don’t know, and the article doesn’t mention it.

As an adoptive father and a supporter of zero population growth, I’m really disturbed that there are people out there collecting sperm from dead people to make more human beings.  We have plenty as it is - roughly 6.7 billion right now and counting – and we can’t keep them all fed and housed and clothed.  We don’t need more.

Texas judge allows collection of dead son's sperm

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Its The Christians Who Practise Intolerance (from The Herald )

Well thought out and remarkably understated (for those who know my style).  Too short IMHO, but good nonetheless.

Its The Christians Who Practise Intolerance (from The Herald )

Sunday, March 22, 2009

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Reality TV star Jade Goody dies

I didn't know this person, and don't watch even the US version of the show, so I've no real connection to this, but was struck by the comment by PM Gordon Brown.  Yes, the leader of the government of Britain made a comment on the death of a participant of a “reality” TV program.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was "deeply saddened" by the news and described Goody as "a courageous woman both in life and death".

Really, WTF is wrong with Britain?  Can anyone imagine Obama making a public statement if the Flavor of the Week on some US “reality” show died?  Why does Brown think an official public statement is required?  Is the voting public in Britain so out of touch with reality that this is acceptable?  Is the cult of personality and manufactured celebrity so powerful that it's perverting your government as well your society?

On the other hand, maybe this is a good thing - at least your bias for personality against reality is easier to see than it is in the States...

Seriously people, turn off your fucking televisions.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Reality TV star Jade Goody dies

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Anger Over AIG Depletes Obama's Capital - CBS News

This has got me a little bent – populist “mobs” of people are in arms about this, and even Congressional leaders are asking tough questions.

Let’s do the math people – according to the article, AIG has recieved 170 billion (that $175,000,000,000) in government bailout money.

They then paid 165 million (that’s $165,000,000) in bonuses to top performers.

That represents 0.1 percent (or one dollar for every thousand) of government bailout money.  One tenth of one percent is what we’re up in arms about.

It just goes to show how much math education in this country needs to improve.

As for the Representatives and Senators asking where Treasury Secretrary Tim Geithner was when this was happening, I have one thing to say:  I fervently hope he was overseeing the distribution of the other 99.9% of the money, because I’m fairly certain none our legislators were.

Anger Over AIG Depletes Obama's Capital - CBS News

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

John Yoo Torture Memo | Salon

This is good stuff here.  I’m in the process of reading Yoo’s memos (one from October 23, 2001, and one from 2003), and if what the Salon story reports is true, this man needs to be in front a Congressional investigative panel for his role in the Bush administration’s war against the U.S. Constitution.

I’d say we need to include Bush as well, but I don’t think he’s smart enough to understand the charges and aid in his own defense. (Yes, it’s an ad hominem attack, but it’s funny)

UPDATE: Reading the 2001 memo, he quotes a lot of Alexander Hamilton.  I’ve been reading Hamilton’s Curse by Thomas Dilorenzo, and it seems to me that Hamilton wasn’t a great supporter of American liberty.

He also argues that Article 2 of the Constitution grants the President with the power to deal with national threats and direct the use of Armed Forces against terrorists.  I don’t see that in my copy of the Constitution – the President is the Commander and Chief, sure, but the power to wage war is granted to the the legislature.

More later as I read more…

John Yoo Torture Memo | Salon

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Back with some disgust

It’s been a while since I posted, but I felt compelled.

125839.464fascistdncI heard on the radio that Bernie Madoff was planning on pleading guilty to his charges on Thursday, and that he faced 150 years behind bars.

And that disgusted and appalled me.

Why, you ask?  Simple – because cops like Gregg Junnier, Jason Smith, and Arthur Tesler are only facing 21 years.  Combined.

And because people like Ryan Frederick are in jail for ten years for daring to defy other cops.

And because Cory Maye is in jail for life for the same self-defense as Ryan Frederick.

Simply put, I think it’s disgusting that Madoff may get more jail time for stealing money than three cops get for shooting an elderly woman.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Meet the New Face of Militant Fundamentalism

And he's an American Christian who wants you to die to fulfill his death wish.

Pastor John Hagee threw his support behind John McCain, and McCain was "very honored" by the endorsement.

The only problem is that Hagee wants to kill us all to bring about the second coming of his savior.  In 2006, he said:

The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God’s plan for both Israel and the West… a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ.

Do you understand this - a pre-emptive strike against Iran will destabilize the entire region, prompting all sorts of retaliatory attacks on America, possible nuclear retaliation as well, which will bring the end of civilization as we know it.

In other words, Hagee's wish is a self-fulfilling - the world ends whether he's right or not, meaning he gets to die thinking he's right when he's not.

This is what happens when you mix religion and politics - you get nut-jobs who care not one whit about other human life, as long as their dementia and delusions are given respect in the light of day.

If you're religious, remember this - your God is probably Hagee's God as well.  If you're Christian, remember your Bible is the same one Hagee reads and fabricates his anti-human philosophy from.

There is no such thing as a religious moderate - you're either a rational human being who realizes there is no sky-spirit, or you're an enabler of fundamentalists who want to kill everyone.

Think Progress » Blog Archive » McCain ‘Very Honored’ By Support Of Pastor Preaching ‘End-Time Confrontation With Iran’

Reason Number 27 Why I Don't Do Starbucks

They have a gift card personalization program - get a gift card with a personal message on it.  According to them, however, foreign phrases and political statements are off limits.

However, the problem is "Laissez Faire" appears to be the only foreign phrase political statement they won't print.  Seems they will print "People Not Profits" and "Si Se Puede".

For the record, "laissez faire" is French for "leave us alone", describing the classic liberal philosophy of open markets and limited government intervention.  "Si Se Puede" is Spanish for "Yes We Can", the slogan of the United Farm Workers and recently adopted, in English, by Barak Obama.

In other words, a company who is a great example of a capitalism success story won't print pro-Capitalism slogans on cards, just pro-Socialist ones.

And this is why I buy my coffee from Tully's.

Starbucks and 'Laissez Faire'

Monday, April 07, 2008

Hillary Clinton thinks you are an idiot

At least, that's what her spokeswoman says she said.

Hillary's been telling the story about an uninsured pregnant woman denied treatment at an Ohio hospital for wont of US$100, who winds up losing her baby and then her life.  The hospital, it seems, took some offense to Hillary saying they denied treatment to the woman, who in fact had insurance, was seen, and if pretty much alive.  Seems Hillary forgot to fact-check the story she was told by Bryan Holman, who was hosting her visit to Pomeroy, Ohio.

But that just points to Hillary's idiocy - the statement at the bottom of the CNN story indicates she thinks Americans are idiots as well - according to Mo Elleithee, Clinton's spokeswoman:

She never mentions the hospital by name and isn't trying to cast blame. She tells this story because it illustrates the point that we have a very serious health care problem in America. That's a point very few people will dispute. [emphasis mine]

In other words, the false story she was telling was being used to bolster her position that there is a health-care crisis that she needs to fix.  She is saying very few people will dispute the crisis, even after finding out the story she was using to make the point was false.

Does she not think Americans can think for themselves?  That we're not capable of rational logical thought?  If you support a claim with false evidence,the claim is false as well, unless you can find true evidence to support it.  To do otherwise isn't "misspeaking" - it's lying.

In a court of law, this case would be on its way to acquittal - instead, we're still trying to figure out which socialist will run as Democrat this fall.

Clinton drops hospital story from stump speech -

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Good bye, First Amendment...

Don't even think of exercising it if you want to be on a citizen's advisory councils for local Chicago parks.  Apparently, if you want to be part of the council, you'll need to submit to a criminal background check and provide references.  And any money you wind up raising for the new swing set may be used for other things.

Apparently, the park district's director of legislative and community affairs, Tim King, says it's just a "well-intentioned effort" to bring order to the system. 

Almost every evil deed done under the sun was well-intentioned, and the really insidious ones have that lawyerly tone to them that make your butt pucker.  You live there?  Tell King to take a long walk off Navy Pier.

Chicago Business News, Analysis & Articles | Got an opinion? Park District has rules | Crain's

Monday, March 24, 2008

Inhaled gas is no laughing matter - Crime & courts-

Glad I don't live in New York.  Not sure about the details here - MSNBC deployed their usual crack staff of reporters to bring you all the details - but apparently it's illegal for a dentist to get smashed on his own stash.  I can only assume it's legal to have and administer nitrous to patients in NY, but illegal to take it yourself if you're the doctor prescribing it.

Of course, nitrous is really REALLY harmless, has effects that last less time than the afterglow of an orgasm, and is freely available to any dental patient with tartar and a bit of panic who need to drive home after their appointments - I'm not sure why the good doctor was arrested.  Like I said, glad I don't live in NY.

Inhaled gas is no laughing matter - Crime & courts-