Firing Line Friday: Capital Punishment (1968)

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

     Previously, the question of Capital Punishment with Steve Allen was examined previously, but just two year after, the examination of the question of capital punishment is again examined with Truman Capote.

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Quick Takes – Enemies of Academic Wokeness: Ancient Anglo-Saxons; Genocide Beneficiaries; Mathematics

     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: Mad as a bag of ferrets.

     First, a little unwoke science lesson:

     Carrying on…

     The English language derives primarily (abet with Old Norse and a millennium of other influences) from the language of the Anglo-Saxon people, and many rights either derive directly from those first millennium times—such as the right of the free to personal arms—or from asserting rights in the resistance against the “Norman Yoke”. Not surprising that woke academics dislike that

“Anglo-Saxon traditionally refers to groups from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands who settled in Britain at the end of Roman rule.

“However, early medieval England specialist Mary Rambaran-Olm, an independent scholar and author, claimed the term is used by white supremacists to refer to white British people and should be banned.

“The academic – raised in Canada and now based in Ireland – says previous objections to the term Dark Ages sets a precedent.

“She told The Times: ‘Generally, white supremacists use the term to make some sort of connection to their heritage (which is inaccurate) or to make associations with ‘whiteness’ but they also habitually misuse it to try and connect themselves to a warrior past.’”

     However, some others are not impressed…

“Tom Holland, author of books including Athelstan: The Making of England, said the term was ‘inextricably bound up with the claim by Alfred … to rule as a shared Anglian-Saxon identity’.

“’Scholars must be free to use it,’ he said.

“In a tweet, he wrote of the idea to ditch the term Anglo-Saxon: ‘Mad as a bag of ferrets, as they say in Deira [a former kingdom].’”

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Los Angeles To Go Full-In With Racial Equity

     Disparate impact is the purported idea that any inequality of results is due to nefarious structures of oppression, and that in order to achieve “equity”, “justice” demands not that there be an equality of results, but rather an equality of civic power which requires that “privileged” groups must be made worse off than the “oppressed” groups, materially, legally, and spiritually.

     This Orwellian, in regards to “equity” as it applies to race, has come to the City of (Fallen) Angels has gone full IngSoc.

“The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday, Dec. 10 to create an Office of Racial Equity, which will be tasked with examining economic disparities among groups of Angelenos and advising the council on possible solutions.

“Councilmen Herb Wesson, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Mitch O’Farrell came up with the idea to create the office and a Racial Equity Advisory Committee.

“’We see inequity all the time, it comes to us … we see testimony about it all the time,’ Harris-Dawson said. ‘It was Council President Wesson that said, “We need to have a family meeting and talk about this.”’

“The City Council voted unanimously, 14-0, to create the office, which will be in charge of monitoring data through a ‘racial equity impact tool,’ creating ideas for civic engagement, examining government policies that could affect certain groups, and providing a report on inequities throughout the city.”

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News of the Week (January 12th, 2020)

 

News of the Week for Jan. 12th, 2020


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Firing Line Friday: Capital Punishment (1966)

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

     The history of Capital Punishment in the United States has been one that is quite undulating in the past half-century, not only from the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily suspending executions to the not long after legal execution of Gary Gilmore in Utah, but also to the varying laws at state level and the willingness to execute convicted criminals, be that due to legislative acts, gubernatorial acts of clemency, or such judicial shenanigans of the Rose Byrd court. Interesting then, to examine that mindset from the early days of “Firing Line” back from 1966, especially when it comes from… Steve Allen.

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Quick Takes – Euthanasia in Killer Canada: Killing Without Consent; Alzheimer’s Society Against Those With Alzheimer’s; From Hospice To Execution

     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: Oh, Canada!

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

Death, Rx

     Remember when Euthanasia was billed as a way for those with a terminal disease to “die with dignity” and not a license to kill patients who have changed their mind and don’t want to die after all.

     Yeah, about that

“The advance assisted death directed would have to be authorized by the patient while they are still mentally able to decide. However, family members who disagree with their loved one’s decision would ‘not have a veto,’ a committee member said at the meeting. Opponents of the measure also say that if someone were to change their mind, they could have no way of stopping their own death.

“In the event a person suffers from a disease where they could lose their decision-making abilities, the Canadian panel recommended that patients formally designate a third party while they are still mentally capacitated who would inform doctors of the existence of a prior consent to be euthanized. The third party authorization would be kept in a government registry.

“That third party would represent the patient should they lose their faculties due to diseases like Alzheimer’s or dementia, but the final decision to euthanize the patient would rest in the hands of a physician.”

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How Cultural Marxism Destroyed Education

     The once-hallowed halls of education, most importantly higher education, have been thoroughly taken over by the Gramscian march of the hard Left, with increasingly rarer holdouts and those successful in hiding their beliefs. Indoctrinated students form a new Red Guard that itself now seeks to infiltrate any and all parts of society to insure that “you will be made to care”.

     One such holdout is Prof. Thomas DiLorenzo of Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business, who talks about how Cultural Marxism took over educational establishments and destroyed the same.

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American Public Schools: Guardians of Sharia

     Despite the strict “separation of church and state” in public schools, it increasingly feels like there is no “separation of mosque and state”. We’ve already seen examples of schools in America teach about the hajj, extolling jihadis, and even write the Shahada, the profession of the Islamic faith. Now, we are seeing Sharia law starting to be enforce: A public school teacher threatened a girl for not wearing a hijab.

     In the student’s own words:

“Today I was happy. I had completely stopped covering my hair and was speaking confidently with other people. I was just so happy, I wanted to go home and dream about it all night.

“In math class, when the bell rang to switch, a teacher asked me about my hijab. I told her that I just took it off and it was no big deal. She told me that it was important to uphold culture, she then asked if my parents knew what I was doing. Being the idiot I am, I said no and asked if she would tell. To my absolute horror, she said yes.

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Venezuela: Brand New Decade; Same Old Tyranny

     The decade of the 2010s certainly seemed to close on a twinkling of hope for Venezuela. Spain ordered the extradition of Venezuela’s Ex-Intelligene chief to the U.S., while Maduro’s brother tyrant, Evo Morales, fled Bolivia after he was caught rigging an election. So, the times they are a changin’?

     Only for the worse: Maduro’s military minions won’t allow their bread n’ butter to come to harm, and in lieu of Morales, Maduro has Communist Daniel Ortega in control of Nicaragua.

     Of course, all this means is that Venezuelans’ once wealthy country will continue to die a slow death with a collapse of its water system, total bond default, hungry children, and being forced to rent caskets… though that there are still caskets to be rented shows that there is still a long way for Venezuela to fall.

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News of the Week (January 5th, 2020)

 

News of the Week for Jan. 5ht, 2020


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