Archive for August 2010

Tonight I Will Drink To A Long Life

August 31, 2010

Yes!

even after controlling for nearly all imaginable variables — socioeconomic status, level of physical activity, number of close friends, quality of social support and so on — the researchers . . . found that over a 20-year period, mortality rates were highest for those who had never been drinkers, second highest for heavy drinkers and lowest for moderate drinkers.

In other words, teetotalers don’t just have the most boring lives of the three groups, they have the shortest. To be clear, I’d choose a short life with alcohol over a long one without it. Thankfully, I don’t have to make that decision. So tonight, imbibe, and you won’t just enjoy life, you’ll also prolong it!

Licensing Day Cares Is Anti-Family?

August 31, 2010

Thus says the Louisiana Family Forum, one of the more execrable organizations you’ll find in this state, in its legislative scorecard.

The issue is whether church run day cares ought to be exempt from state licensing requirements. I celebrated when that bill died, as I thought it unfair to only deregulate church day cares, while leaving all others still subject to state licensing requirements. I also thought it a bit silly to presume that day cares would successfully regulate themselves. Had I been a legislator, I would have received an “anti-family” score for that vote.

Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think it makes me “anti-family” to want some authority limiting the number of kids per teacher, and inspecting the premises for health and safety issues. Yes, parents need to inspect these places, too. I’m not excusing them. I’m asking for inspections in addition to the work parents already do when they pick a day care. In other words, I want more protection for children, the LFF wants less. Again, not sure how that makes me “anti-family” while their position is “pro-family.”

Unless, of course, the real goal of the Louisiana Family Forum is advancing some other agenda, for which the vague word “family” is a pretext. If you read the whole scorecard, you will realize that is a likely conclusion.

Invasive Species At The Duck Park

August 29, 2010

We went to feed the ducks, which we did, and also to catch some fish, which we didn’t. No big deal, though, because this guy was the show:

Maybe I should have tried to catch him; I hear they make a great gumbo ingredient.

How Not To Ride In A Paceline

August 26, 2010

Aero bars, plus overlapping the guy in front of you’s wheel, equals . . .

John Fleming Is An Idiot

August 25, 2010

Like I said in a comment here, I have no idea how an M.D. could possibly say something this jaw droppingly stupid:

“We have two competing world views here and there is no way that we can reach across the aisle — one is going to have to win,” Fleming said. “We are either going to go down the socialist road and become like western Europe and create, I guess really a godless society, an atheist society. Or we’re going to continue down the other pathway where we believe in freedom of speech, individual liberties and that we remain a Christian nation. So we’re going to have to win that battle, we’re going to have to solve that argument before we can once again reach across and work together on things.”

Hmmm, o.k. Where to start?

To make it easy, let’s grant the mindlessly simplistic assertion that all of western Europe and all of Fleming’s political opponents are godless atheists. Probably some are, probably some aren’t, but it doesn’t matter.

Let’s also grant the patently absurd assumption that it would be some kind of problem if we had a secular society. I have no reason to think atheists as a group are any better or worse people than Christians as a group. Are there jerks in both camps? Sure. Are there great people in both? Sure. Are the percentages the same? My experience tells me yes. Again, though, let’s assume all atheists drown baby ducks for fun. Again, it doesn’t matter.

Why does it not matter if our country is about to be overrun by baby-eating atheists? Because, as John Fleming – who in the same paragraph professes to love individual liberties – ought to know, our government is a secular government. Read the Constitution some time; you’ll find nothing Christian or even religious in it, other than prohibitions on entanglements between church and state. Yes, no doubt most people in this country are at least nominal Christians, but the government is absolutely prohibited from doing anything at all to encourage or discourage that fact. Whether most people in this country are Christians, Muslims, Jews or atheists is simply not the business of the federal (or any state) government. Period.

Again, a guy who says he wants to champion individual liberty ought to know that. If Dr. Fleming wants to make sure this is a Christian Nation, he can go to seminary and get a job as a preacher. If he really thinks the problems in this country are caused by people who do things other than go to church on Sunday, he can donate his own time and his own money to evangelism. What he can’t do, what the Constitution he supposedly honors prohibits him from doing, is use any power of the state to bring people to Christianity.

That’s a simple distinction. That it eludes the average mush minded person who would vote for Fleming is unsurprising. That he encourages that kind of ignorance is shameful.

Those Sneaky Muslims Have Already Defiled 9/11 Hallowed Ground

August 25, 2010

Outrageous, but true: Literally right on top of the ashes of 184 dead Americans, Muslims spread their abominable prayer rugs at least once a day. They’ve been doing it for years. Worst of all, our tax dollars helped pay for it. And no one has ever complained! Arggg. Get your misspelled signs ready, it’s time for a serious protest.

But first, read the rest of the story about the Pentagon Memorial Chapel, here.

Reason 198 I Will Never Join Facebook

August 25, 2010

They’re evil.