Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Post

Sunday tends to be slow and that isn't bad.

A few quibbles:

Libya might still be run by a madman but at least its oil doesn't have 20 more grams of carbon dioxide per megajoule of oil than Canadian oil does.

At one time, Europe could rightly say it was a cradle of culture and civility. Now, its non-breeding, selfish inhabitants cater to those for whom freezing in the dark is normal.

Once again, Ezra Levant strikes the nail of common sense with the hammer of justice.Or something.

Speaking of one half of the Wonder Twins, a call for civility:

Here we are still struggling to get out of a deep recession and coping with high unemployment, record deficits, rapidly rising food prices, and a host of other economic problems; and Wisconsin union bosses want union members out in the streets demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for unsustainable benefits packages. I am a friend to hard working union members and to teachers. I come from a family of teachers; my grandparents, parents, brother, sister, aunt, and other relatives worked, or still work, in education. My own children attend public schools. I greatly admire good teachers and will always speak up in defense of the teaching profession. But Wisconsin teacher unions do themselves no favor by closing down classrooms and abandoning children’s needs in protest against the sort of belt-tightening that people everywhere are going through. Union brothers and sisters: this is the wrong fight at the wrong time. Solidarity doesn’t mean making Wisconsin taxpayers pay for benefits that are not sustainable and affordable at a time when many of these taxpayers struggle to hold on to their own jobs and homes. Real solidarity means everyone being willing to sacrifice and carry our share of the burden. It does no one any favors to dismiss the sacrifices others have already had to make—in wage cuts, unpaid vacations, and even job losses—to weather our economic storm.

Thank you!

Watch the flapping gums and tell me how badly they are missing enormous clues.

I know for leftists, demonising certain groups is just one of the many standard tactics in discourse (others include cries of racism, purporting false things are true and saying obscene things out loud) but really- if the video did not show you how morally decrepit the left are, then you weren't watching it. Accusations of racism and gun-toting only make you look empty.

For any who still hold out that Sharia law is just:

Women's shelters in Afghanistan may soon come under the control of government leaders who follow Sharia law.

Battered women, child brides, and rape victims who may be killed by their families have few choices in Afghanistan.  Islamic clerics endorse wife beating, and women who run away have been cruelly punished.  Shelters, supported by independent groups and the U.N., sprang up after the U.S. and allies overthrew the Taliban.  They provide security, skill training, and education for illiterate women.

But adherence to Sharia has become the basis of political one-upmanship.

Enayatullah Balegh, a member of Afghanistan's Council of Muslim scholars, said Sharia allows women to live only with a close male relative -- her husband, father, brother, or son.  Thus women's shelters are illegal and should be shut down.

Read the whole thing.

I dare them to try this in the Middle East. Dare them (hat tip: BFC).

I know it's not "politically correct" in some circles to abhor IVF or surrogacy but here is one good reason why it is wrong:

The fate of around nine unborn children hangs in the balance as Thai authorities weigh what to do with the offspring of Vietnamese women freed from an illegal baby breeding ring in Bangkok.

A total of 14 women, half of them pregnant, were freed on Wednesday from an operation using them as surrogates for wealthy childless couples overseas who placed orders for newborns online.

Campaigners fear for the future of the infants who are born to desperate women -- perhaps not their biological mothers -- and into a legal grey area, with Thailand still mulling the ramifications of the case.

"There is a risk that those children might end up as stateless, that they won't get citizenship anywhere," said Benedict Phillips, Asia strategy director at Save The Children.

Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit has described the gang, which operated under the name Baby 101, as "illegal and inhuman" and suggested some of the women had been raped.

What this guy said:

If South Korea really wants some effective nuclear deterrence, let it build its own nukes, and let it be known to all that hot-tempered, chain-smoking ajoshis are holding all the keys. For that matter, let Japan and Taiwan build them, too. 

I like little baby ducks and the people who save them.

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