Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Rob Tarr encountered a story late last week about Katelynn Johnson, a Virginia Tech student who has been working overtime to memorialize Seung-Hui Cho, the cold-blooded executioner of thirty-two of her fellow students, with a stone placed alongside those of his victims. Her reaction upon noticing that Cho got "left out" of the memorial? "I just lost it. I broke down. I was seething. I remember saying . . . 'How could people be so mean?'" Rob has this to say about the episode:
There you go, folks, the perfect ultimate product of Progressive education. Identification with the collective as a primary which trumps everything; and the complete inability and unwillingness to make any moral judgements whatsover. You can't even really say whether a mass-murderer is, well, maybe, a "bad" person.That pretty much hits the nail on the head.
I have to believe that Katelynn is still a somewhat extreme example. But if she is not, America is now primed for dictatorship -- give it one or two more generations. Who can judge if a Hitler or a Stalin has value, or doesn't? If he's part of our community, then he's one of ours, and when you're family, you're family. Let's stick by 'em. Doesn't matter what they did.
A Maine-ia for Rationing?
Paul Hsieh comments on Maine's system of socialized medicine:
The state of Maine has also attempted to provide "universal coverage" for its residents for many years, with predictably poor results. According to this recent NY Times article, instead of saving money, the program costs continue to explode, and the state officials are considering what sort of cutbacks to implement. Rationing is just one short step away.Paul notes, as I have, that supporters of socialized medicine continue to call it anything but what it is. Perhaps we opponents of socialized medicine should play the same game -- except with the object of essentializing its nature rather than obscuring it.
I'll toss out a few suggestions right now:
- physician slavery
- national triage
- death by bureaucracy
- health rationing
- cures by decree
He must have visited HEB.
Via HBL, I learned that the obituary of Boris Yeltsin that recently appeared in the New York Times discussed the "supermarket epiphany" he had while visiting a grocery store in Houston, Texas.
On a visit to the United States in 1989, he became convinced that Russia had been ruinously damaged by its state-run economic system, in which people stood in long lines to buy the most basic needs of life and more often than not found the shelves bare. Visiting a Houston supermarket, he was overwhelmed by the kaleidoscopic variety of meats and vegetables available to ordinary Americans.Boris Yeltsin, that moment of honesty made you a true rarity and changed the world for the better. May you rest in peace.
A Russia scholar, Leon Aron, quoting a Yeltsin associate, wrote that Mr. Yeltsin was in a state of shock. "For a long time, on the plane to Miami, he sat motionless, his head in his hands," Mr. Aron wrote in his 2000 biography, Yeltsin, A Revolutionary Life. "What have they done to our poor people?" he said after a long silence.
Note to Self
Add this DVD set of over fifty years of MAD Magazine to your wish list. (HT: Instapundit)
Sundry Thoughts on Passive Ad Revenue
My login to Amazon Associates reminds me of a nice quote about Google Ads I came up with recently: "A penny a day keeps the tax man away!"
And Google Ad revenue is far ahead of that from Amazon Associates over here! I'll keep that in mind for the next time I have time to tweak my template. (Of course, by then, I'll probably have received checks from both. Bleh.)
Speaking of Google Ads, though.... I noticed that one for Founders College showed up here on my sidebar yesterday Perhaps they're good for something.
Public School Prayer in Texas
The Texas legislature, so soon on the heels of considering a two-year waiting period for divorces, is getting ready to make it commonplace for students to make public professions of faith in public schools:
The House voted 110-33 for the "Schoolchildren's Religious Liberties Act." The legislation will head to the Senate for consideration after a final House vote today.At another point in the story, the author of the bill cites protection from lawsuits concerning "curtailment" of students' religious "liberty" (as if anyone has the right to force his religion down the throat of another) as its rationale. A better way to accomplish the same end would be to privatize education -- but that might make it harder for Christian activists to expropriate public forums for the purpose of preaching.
If the Senate approves it, student leaders will be allowed to summon Jesus Christ in prayer to help calm student nerves before a TAKS test, Rep. Scott Hochberg, D-Houston, said of the hypothetical situation before voting against the measure.
5-2-07: Corrected "Amit Ghate" to read "Rob Tarr".