Monday, November 29, 2004

Swift Vet pays the price for his patriotism

Steve Gardner, a gunner on Kerry's boat, was fired for speaking the truth about Kerry's service. We can expect more misery is headed his way, including audits and more.

Powerline is trying to find out how we can donate to this patriotic American.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Genetic homosexuality: 21st century phrenology

It’s a modern, Western conceit that homosexuality is something aberrant and unusual, which must be “explained.” There have been numerous societies in which homosexual behavior was accepted as a social norm and even seen as desirable, and in these societies essentially all of the men engaged in homosexuality when circumstances allowed. There are too many of these societies, arising independently from too many different races and in too many different areas, for there to be a common genetic explanation for the near-total incidence of homosexuality in these societies (accepting the genetic hypothesis, one would have to assume all men in these societies had the “gay gene”). Social norms, not genetics, dictated these societal differences; the idea that we are stamped “GAY” or “STRAIGHT” at conception reflects ignorance of the historical record. Similar study of any other sexual preference also tends to show virtually all of our sexual preferences (skin color, body type, lip size, eye color, hair color) are more a function of our social environment than our genes.

This puts efforts by gay advocacy groups to de-stigmatize homosexuality in a somewhat different light, which might be one reason why this truth is so fiercely resisted: their social engineering is actually increasing the number of homosexuals in society as homosexual behavior is gradually more accepted and our social norms evolve (remember, under the laughable “it’s genetic” argument this doesn’t happen; homosexuality is just something that occurs in 5-10% of society and always will be). I don’t argue that this phenomenon is bad or good, just that it’s happening and will continue to happen and we should be honest about that. (Note that I am also NOT arguing homosexuality is a choice, just that it's not genetically predestined in those who prefer their own sex.) Here’s my prediction: in 20 years, homosexual relationships, esp among women where it is far less stigmatized, will not only be much more common that they are today (and in the under-30 female crowd they are already more common than you probably think; most close female friends of mine under 30 have privately admitted a same-sex experience or two) but much more open for kids in their teens and 20s as their Gen X parents dismiss their behavior with a wink and a nod (and perhaps even a “well, at least they can’t get pregnant that way”). Many urban young people will start to regard heterosexual sex as something like we view marriage today: what you do when you want to settle down, move to the ‘burbs, and start a family. Already we have the beginnings of this in a class of self-described “metrosexuals.”

Again, I don’t argue that this societal evolution is bad or good. I could point out ramifications both pro and con from a social engineering perspective. I know the idea certainly scares a lot of my Christian friends, but if you don’t like it, hey: you can teach your kids whatever social norms you think are best. That’s our right as Americans, and that’s what parents are supposed to do.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

BREAKING NEWS: Dan Rather says he has proof he was not fired

Today Dan Rather claimed to have been faxed official CBS documents from "an unimpeachable source" at a Kinko's in New York that prove his resignation had nothing to do with his alleged incompetent boobery.

But document experts and internet bloggers said the the documents appeared to be crude forgeries. Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs claimed that a group of 5-year-olds had all been able to exactly recreate the alleged memos in only a few minutes using crayons and fingerpaint. "The overlay is exact," he noted, and provided a graphic to illustrate.

Monday, November 15, 2004

OK this REALLY makes me mad

The media is all in a "we gotcha! we gotcha! we gotcha!" tizzy today over video showing a Marine shooting a wounded insurgent. You know these Marines are going to get eaten alive by the "we support the troops, really we do" liberals.

The Marine had just lost a buddy to a boobytrapped wounded guy who blew himself up when the Marine tried to help him. See how much coverage that part of the story gets. Also, you can't tell for sure from the camera angle whether the guy was actually unarmed or hiding a grenade under his robe. See if they give our Marine the benefit of the doubt, being as his buddy got killed the day before, and he himself had just gotten shot a little while before by these same guys. But don't hold your breath. It's not like this guy is putting his life on the line for us or anything. We don't owe him any slack. (/sarcasm)

Frankly, THIS SHOULD BE STANDARD POLICY. If they are going to booby-trap their wounded, then we should shoot their wounded dead. I mean, really: How many more Marines are we going to ask to die to try to save enemy fighters who are trying to kill them, just so we can say we played nice?

This is war, not patty-cake.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

I know what's wrong with liberals!!

I have figured it out, folks. Gather 'round.

You see, they just aren't able to tell the difference between evil countries like Hitler's Germany or Stalin's USSR using military force to conquer and enslave other nations, and the USA using military force to liberate and democratize other nations. It's sort of like being colorblind, only instead of not being able to see different colors they can't discern different shades of morality.

We can only hope that one day medical science will develop a cure for morality blindness.

Monday, November 08, 2004

"Basically there's a lot of stuff blowing up right now."

My favorite quote from the Batttle of Fallujah so far:

"Basically there's a lot of stuff blowing up right now," said Lt. Todd Hildebrant, 28, of Grafton, Mass., who was one of several soldiers from Task Force 2-2 of the Army's 1st Infantry Division watching the fireworks from their operations center outside the city.

Military commanders said the advance from the north was intended to surprise the insurgents, who they believe were expecting an assault from the west, a relatively quiet part of the city that U.S. forces easily took on Sunday night.

From WaPo.



Sunday, November 07, 2004

It looks the like the Battle of Fallujah is on

Saying a prayer tonight for our brave boys and girls over there, and for the real freedom fighters of Iraq (i.e. the police and National Guard, at least 30 of whom were killed today, God rest their souls) as well. The birth of a new democracy nearly always requires great sacrifice, but only a fool would deny that history shows the successes have more than paid back the costs.

It appears from early reporting we are making effective use of armor and Urban Close Air Support. The AC-130 has revolutionized close combat, putting enemies at a near-unbelievable tactical disadvantage. Our biggest problem is that some of the enemy is so frightened they run away before we can kill them.

I expect the battle will be short and very one-sided. I think the biq question is: can the Iraqi forces hold Fallujah in the aftermath? Signs are positive, including our recent success in Najaf and Sadr City that everyone seems to have forgotten as soon as they happened. As in Najaf, the insurgents aren't very popular even in their bases of support (government by thuggery alone just doesn't win you many friends) and most Fallujans just want to get on with life; if we kill off the committed rebels and discredit the the power of the rest, the city should be relatively governable.



Saturday, November 06, 2004

Whither the post-Kerry liberals?

Wizbang notes an amusing development at BOP.

It's interesting to watch the self-destruction of the liberal ideologues in the face of their successive defeats since 1994. Rather than re-evaluate and repackage their ideology into a new form as Gingrinch did so brilliantly using the "Contract With America" concept or pre-empting the opposition's successful ideas as Clinton did with his equally brilliant strategy of "triangulation," post-Kerry liberals instead appear to be retrenching to the far left behind Michael Moore, George Soros and the like. This strategy will only push them farther from power until new leadership moves them back toward the center (think Hillary; while she's undeniably a socialist, she's also undeniably a pragmatist above all else).

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Do Schrodinger wavefunctions collapse?

Sitting here watching tradesports.com, I am beginning to wonder. It looked like it was collapsing toward Kerry at 65-35 in the aftermath of the soon-to-be-infamous exit polls, but now has almost totally reversed to 60-40 Bush and looks to collapse in the other direction.

It's fun to analyze the election as though it were a giant quantum event. And this year it certainly seems to show the characteristic growing uncertainty when analyzed in smaller time frames. Another amusing point to consider: quantum mechanics says whether Bush or Kerry has won the election is currently unknowable (until the wavefunction collapses and the value of Bush-won of Kerry-won instantiates), but relativity suggests to a distant observer moving away from us, the election has not only already been decided, but students are reading about the winner's administration in history books.

Whatever else, I think tradesports.com was the definitive barometer of the mood of the punditry regarding the election.