Firing Line Friday: Would Anarchy Work?

     In the hopes of encouraging a more civil, and illuminating, discourse, here is another episode of William F. Buckley, Jr.’s “Firing Line”.

     It is easy to dismiss political philosophies that you don’t believe and don’t seem mainstream, with the assumption that not only would almost everyone else agree with you, but that both you and those others have a reasoned understanding of political philosophies. Of course, one must understand said political philosophies in order to stand against them, and that lack of understanding combined with a too-ready dismissal is why a heterosexual female can say “I am a Gay man”, and this would not only go unchallenged in more and more of society, but disagreement would lead to condemnation.   With that view, Buckley talks about anarchy/libertarianism with guest Roger MacBride, as well as Ned Potter, Ncholas Ulanov, and Jonathan Kaufman.

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Transgender Violence: Dead Baby; Murdered Boy; Offended Trans-Boy

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: It ain’t violence if it’s woke…

     First, a little (NSFW) mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Insisting that one’s “gender identity”, and not one’s biological sex, is all that is necessary for doctors to know about, is woke, but deadly when not all doctors are also woke as f**k…

“This week, The New England Journal of Medicine published a bizarre story. A ‘transgender man’ entered a hospital with severe abdominal pains. Because she was identified as a man, the doctors naturally did not think to treat her for labor and delivery, so she tragically lost the baby. Rather than emphasizing the danger of placing gender identity over biological sex, both the journal and The Washington Post made the absurd claim that the hospital should not have ruled out pregnancy for a man.

“‘He was rightly classified as a man’ in the medical records and appears masculine, Dr. Daphna Stroumsa at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, wrote in the journal article. ‘But that classification threw us off from considering his actual medical needs.’

“‘The point is not what’s happened to this particular individual but this is an example of what happened to transgender people interacting with the health care system,’ she added.

“The Washington Post’s Marilynn Marchione argued that this case should make doctors aware of the ‘blurred lines’ in medicine. Citing the journal article, she claimed that the case ‘points to larger issues about assigning labels or making assumptions in a society increasingly confronting gender variations in sports, entertainment and government. In medicine, there’s a similar danger of missing diseases such as sickle cell and cystic fibrosis that largely affect specific racial groups, the authors wrote.’

“Yet this conclusion is forced at best, and merely serves to blind people to the truth of the story.”

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The Sad And Pathetic Degeneration Of Society, One Jar At A Time

     Would you pay $30 for a small jar of bath water? The better question is are there enough degenerates who would pay $30 for a jar of some internet personality’s used bathwater to actually cause said bathwater to be quickly sold out? If you answered “no”, then enjoy the fantasy that we still live in a decent society while you still can; if you answered “yes”, then…

     The bath water was described as follows:

“Bottled while I’m playing in the bath ^-^ This really is bath water.. disclaimer: This water is not for drinking and should only be used for sentimental purposes.”

     It’s not like she’s selling her urine for $9,999… oh, wait, she totally is.

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This Is Why Pro-Gun People Don’t Want Gun Registration

     One of the reasons why those who believe in a right to keep and bear arms oppose gun registries is that if the government ever had the chance to outlaw and confiscate guns, it would be almost impossible for them to do so unless they had a registry. New Zealand has proven that reason to be correct:

“Growing opposition from New Zealand’s pro-gun groups has complicated efforts to round up the now-banned firearms under a buyback program. Lawsuits are threatened.

“Gun-control advocates argue that compensation rates may not be fair and warn of a possible spike in black-market sales.

“The government, meanwhile, is faced with a sobering set of challenges over how to enforce the new law.

“There is no national registry for many of the weapons targeted by the ban, including the AR-15 – a semiautomatic rifle that has been used in mass shootings in the United States and is often at the center of American gun-control debates.

“As a result, estimates of the numbers of newly banned weapons vary widely. So far, about 700 firearms have been voluntarily surrendered.

“Authorities are ‘operating a little bit in the dark,’ said Joe Green, gun-safety specialist and former arms control manager for the New Zealand Police.”

     Registries are but a prelude to more, and what many have claimed and that New Zealand is now proving is that a lack of gun registration is an effectual barrier to gun grabbing zealots, with an estimated compliance rate of less than 1%.

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Woke Creationism

     For many on the Left, evolution is merely a justification for mocking those who believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible (but not the Koran, because that’d be racist or something). By and large, many who so openly mock the “Bible thumpers” reject evolution when it comes to differences within our species or when it comes to evolutionary anthropology, and instead posit that evolution ceased to happen with human beings, who are now merely like clay to be moulded.

Meanwhile, in an Australian University…

     Indeed, “social justice” can actually mandate the teaching of creationism… just as long as it isn’t that “silly sky man” and rather an enlightened Aboriginal “way of knowing” which involves “Spirits” creating Australia and the Aboriginal peoples at the same time. Even YHWH had to create the Earth and Man on different days, so take that “silly sky man”, right?

“Lecturers at the University of New South Wales ‘have been warned off making the familiar statement in class that “Aboriginal people have been in Australia for 40,000 years”‘ […]

“Instead, they should state that ‘Aborigines have been here “since the beginning of the Dreaming/s” because this “reflects the beliefs of many Indigenous Australians that they have always been in Australia, from the beginning of time, and came from the land”.’

“The concept of ‘dreamtime’ refers to an era ‘way back, at the very beginning’ when ‘the land and the people were created by the Spirits.’

“The teaching instructions came from ‘a new set of classroom guidelines, which alert scientists to existing language advice,’ the paper reports.”

     Science™, then, becomes the enemy of “social justice” when it “tends to lend support to migration theories and anthropological assumptions”. Research, to the Gramscian marchers of academia, can not be about the truth, but only the Truth™, as the most woke of woke dictate it.

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News of the Week (July 14th, 2019)

 

News of the Week for July 14th, 2019


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Firing Line Friday: Censorship and the Production Code

     In the hopes of encouraging a more civil, and illuminating, discourse, here is another episode of William F. Buckley, Jr.’s “Firing Line”.

     Considering your humble author’s recent ban on Reddit for linking to an episode of Firing Line, an episode from Firing Line considering censorship ought to be interesting to watch.

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Quick Takes – Medical Malpractice: The Hurting Shall Suffer; Whistleblowers Will Be Silenced; (Almost) Mandatory Abortion

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: Your right to healthcare end where the government says it does.

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     One of the little ironies on the “war against opioids” is that those who do need pain-killing medications are finding it hard to get the pain-killing medications that they need function, if not live, without pain, and even more ironically, those doctors who proscribe to relieve pain face harder barriers than those who intentionally want to use those drugs to kill!

“And here’s the thing: At a time when assisted-suicide pushers fear-monger about unrelieved pain as a reason to legalize doctor-prescribed death, physicians are so afraid of the feds they leave some pain patients in the lurch, thereby unintentionally pushing them toward suicide — assisted and otherwise.

“Making matters worse, doctors who intentionally prescribe lethal doses of opioids for use in assisted suicide have far greater legal protections than physicians who prescribe the same drugs responsibly to control pain.

“…

” So, here’s where we are:

Legitimate pain patients are being abandoned to agony that could be relieved because the responsible are being swept up with the dysfunctional and criminal.

Doctors who practice the difficult specialty of controlling pain find themselves increasingly under a darkening cloud of suspicion and greater threat of government scrutiny.

Doctors who prescribe opioids to patients for use in assisted suicide are free to do so with without worry about oversight or accountability.”

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British Police Now Confiscating Miniature Toy Baseball Bats

     The British police forces are a joke when it comes to confiscating “dangerous weapons”. Not only are they considering whisks and spoons to be so dangerous that they have to tout the confiscations on social media, but they are totally bemused when people point out that they presume people are will commit violence with any object that could be potentially used as a weapon, and that only by confiscating practically anything will they be doing their job.

     Now, they are confiscating tiny toy baseball bats.

     Note that they compared the size of the bat to a writing pen with the bat being less than three times the length; this isn’t a full size bat but something you’d give to a kid.

     And yes, these are the same people who touted confiscating a rusty spoon.

     Rather than carry on with the proverbial stiff upper lip, the police ended up getting a bit pissy on social media about all the people making fun of them.

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Ensuring The Right Of Every Free Adult

     Not only is the right of an adult aged eighteen to twenty to purchase a handgun curtailed by law, but many states have outright banned adults, who have broken no laws or have any other disability, from exercising their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

As has been noted before:

“Once one had reached the age of majority, they are an adult and ought to be free to exercise all of their rights. As citizens, this means that once you hit 18, you may legally vote thanks to the 26th Amendment guaranteeing it. Yet another, more fundamental and more ancient, right is denied 18 to 20 year old citizens who have never lost their freedom due to criminal activity nor have been adjudicated as incapable of running their own lives due to mental illness or mental handicap”

     Now, a lawsuit has been filed to challenge these age restrictions on sane and law-abiding adults:

“Second Amendment right groups sued the state of California Monday over the new law banning the sale of firearms to people under the age of 21.

“The groups, the Calguns Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition, argued in a lawsuit filed in San Diego on behalf of individual gun owners that those 18 and over are adults and have a right to purchase a firearm.

“‘Once individuals turn eighteen, they are adults in the eyes of the law,’ said John W. Dillon, the Carlsbad attorney representing the groups, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“‘Law-abiding adults are entitled to fully exercise all of their fundamental rights, including their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for all lawful purposes, not just hunting or sport.'”

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