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Monday, February 12, 2007

Today's Must-Read

For your personal edification, I recommend today's Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial, "The Press & the War."

Great stuff.

Sending A Message To Predators

The West Virginia legislature has done a great good. The senate there is recognizing the fact that a homeowner has the right to use whatever means are necessary to protect his family and his property:

NRA’s ‘castle doctrine’ bill passes
By Tom Searls, Charleston (WV) Gazette Staff writer

West Virginia senators unanimously passed a bill giving people criminal immunity for killing someone in self-defense Friday before leaving Charleston for the weekend.

The “castle doctrine” (SB197) that passed 33-0 is part of the National Rifle Association’s push to pass similar legislation nationwide. It allows the use of deadly force to repel an attacker in a person’s home or automobile.

The bill goes to the House of Delegates for consideration. (link)
Most Americans accepted as common practice the "castle doctrine" all along. If you invade my home with the intention of doing bodily harm or stealing my belongings, I'll prevent it. With whatever it takes.

It was only the law that refused to recognize this inalienable right.

But the law is slowly coming around. Finally.


Update: The Virginia legislature is there as well.

The Sun Revolves Around The Earth!

When I was young, I was shocked to learn in world history class that Galileo was sentenced to life imprisonment for having supported and advocated, alone among all the scientists of his time, Copernicus' theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun.

I was stunned that such a thing could have ever happened in this the enlightened Western world.

How depressing it is to find civilization sliding into that dark era once again:

Global-warming skeptics cite being 'treated like a pariah'
By Eric Pfeiffer, The Washington Times

Scientists skeptical of climate-change theories say they are increasingly coming under attack -- treatment that may make other analysts less likely to present contrarian views about global warming.

Two climatologists in Democrat-leaning states, David Legates in Delaware and George Taylor in Oregon, have come under fire for expressing skepticism about the origins of climate change. Oregon Gov. Theodore R. Kulongoski is publicly seeking to strip Mr. Taylor, widely known as the state's climatologist, of his position because of his stance.

In an interview with local NBC affiliate KGW-TV, Mr. Kulongoski, a Democrat, said he hopes to take away Mr. Taylor's job title because his views do not mesh with the political opinions of most lawmakers in Oregon, including the governor. (link)
Along those same lines:
No facts, just emotion
By Suzanne Fields

Nothing corrupts intellectual power like the abuse of the language. Free speech becomes an endangered species when powerful words, misused, become shortcuts for specious argument and repetitious cliches trivialize noble ideas.

We see this illustrated on Page One every morning. Skeptics of global warming are compared to Holocaust deniers. The ecologically correct become eco-heresy hunters determined to silence anyone who questions their evidence, flimsy and questionable or not. Any human destruction of nature is described as "ecocide" (like genocide.) When David Irving was sentenced to prison in Austria as a "Holocaust denier" an Australian journalist suggested making climate-change denial a similar offense. An Internet commentator wants global-warming deniers to be tried like Nazi war criminals. (link)
From the National Center for Atmospheric Research:
On June 22 1633 Galileo was forced to kneel in front of the Roman Inquisition and recant his beliefs in the Copernican doctrine and the motion of the Earth. He was then sentenced to life imprisonment, which was almost immediately commuted to perpetual house arrest without visitors, ostensibly for having disobeyed a 1616 injunction by Cardinal Bellarmine "...not to defend or teach the Copernican doctrine...". Galileo's Dialogue was put on the Index of Prohibited Books, as well as Copernicus' De Revolutionibus and the books of Kepler dealing with planetary theory.

Galileo died on the evening of January 8, 1642. The Roman ecclesiastic authorities vetoed the public funeral and honor planned by the Florentine state. His books, together with those of Copernicus and Kepler, were removed from the Index in 1835, and only in 1992 did the Roman catholic Church formally admitted to having erred in dealing with Galileo. (link)

The age of The Inquisition descends upon us once again.


And who can doubt that it will lead to the worst disorders when minds created free by God are compelled to submit slavishly to an outside will? When we are told to deny our senses and subject them to the whim of others? When people devoid of whatsoever competence are made judges over experts and are granted authority to treat them as they please? These are the novelties which are apt to bring about the ruin of commonwealths and the subversion of the state.


In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.


I wish, my dear Kepler, that we could have a good laugh together at the extraordinary stupidity of the mob. What do you think of the foremost philosophers of this University? In spite of my oft-repeated efforts and invitations, they have refused, with the obstinacy of a glutted adder, to look at the planets or Moon or my telescope.


All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.



Darfur Chic

This photo accompanied a New York Times caption that read: New York Fashion Week Wrap-Up.

Burlap potato sacks must have made a comeback for spring, 2007. Nutrition must not have.

Somebody give this girl a quarter pounder with cheese! And some clothes that didn't come from the landfill!

The Demise Of A Once-Great State

Wisconsin was once a bastion of conservatism. Now it's anything but:
Wisconsin Gov. Proposes Taxing Big Oil
By The Associated Press

Madison, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle proposes taxing big oil companies more than $270 million over the next two years to help pay for the state's transportation needs.

Doyle said the assessment will equate to $1.50 per barrel of oil sold in the state, and the companies would be prohibited from passing the tax on to customers at the pump. Violations carry a criminal penalty of up to six months in prison.

The plan is a way to get oil companies to contribute to the rising costs of the state's infrastructure, Doyle said in an interview with The Associated Press.

... said the governor, a Democrat.

Another part of the solution will be an increase in vehicle registration fees ... (link)
I got a chuckle out of that part about how the oil companies were not to pass the cost of the tax down to the people through higher gas prices. No, that'll never happen.

Sad thing is, the same people who voted Doyle into office will probably buy into this collective attempt at suicide.