Aug 012015
 

Over the years I’ve yammered on about pretty much every area of American politics at one time or another. Abortion, however, is something I don’t believe I’ve brought up much. Not because I’m afraid of the topic, but mostly because I haven’t really cared all that much. But there have been some news stories lately that have been somewhat… annoying.

First up… the Planned Parenthood videos that apparently show abortionists discussing getting monetary remuneration for intact bits of aborted fetuses. On the one hand… eww. On the other hand… talk to any medical professional who has been in their business for a number of years. They’ll talk shop about medical horrors with a nonchalance that’ll astound. Not because medical types are naturally uncaring, but because *anything* you deal with on a regular basis, you grow accustomed to.

And then there’s THIS STORY. Tell me this doesn’t give you an uncomfortableness…

In short… in Dallas in 2013 a 14-year-old girl was raped by a relative, got pregnant, and then, 8 months into the pregnancy, her family discovered that she was pregnant. So the family did what I guess families are supposed to do: they beat her for 6 hours until she had a miscarriage. The family then tried to disposed of the “evidence” by, among other things, trying to burn it up on the back yard grill.

Yeah.

OK, that’s bad. But here’s where it becomes relevant to the politics: The family members involved have been charged with a number of crimes including aggravated assault. But what they *haven’t* been charged with is murder.

Ummm.

Here’s the thing: I think I am like many, perhaps most, people: I’ve no problem with contraceptives of all kinds (I’ve previously, and probably repeatedly, mentioned that I believe implanted contraceptives should be a condition for receiving welfare). I’ve minimal problems with a “day after pill.” I’ve little enough trouble with abortion in the first little while. But I start getting twitchy about the notion of aborting fetuses that are developed enough to feel pain. And by the time the fetus is old enough to survive outside the womb, my patience for abortion  – barring health of the mother – has just about wore out. So aborting an 8-month fetus? Nope. Just nope.

It’s understandable that people have wildly differing views on the subject. But what bugs the hell out of me is how the extremists on both ends just refuse to see any validity whatsoever to the other side. The pro-abortionists see the anti-abortionists as being opposed to womens rights, when as far as I can tell, the anti-abortionists simply see abortion as killing a baby. And the anti-abortionists… they are *right.* Who among us would see the intentional killing of a baby born six hours ago as murder, but *not* see the intentional killing of a fetus that is six hours from a scheduled C-section as murder? Does the change of venue from womb to atmosphere change the fetus from non-human to human? And if you see the just-about-born fetus as a human deserving of protection under the law, when *isn’t* it worth such protection? Six months? Four? Three? A few weeks?

The religious anti-abortionists are, in my view, often excessive in their absolute opposition. But you can’t deny that they at least have a good, clear and defensible position that human rights begin at conception.

 Posted by at 8:37 pm
Aug 012015
 

Color me stunned:

Man who punted cat like football found murdered

Good riddance, scumbag. If you choose to live like a thug, you greatly increase your odds of dieing like a thug. That’s part of the reason why I’m not as tore up about the homicide rate as some folks… a lot of the people killed are themselves criminals, either killed by other criminals or by their intended victims. And anyone who kicks a cat to death… well, let’s just say I wouldn’t be exactly shocked to find out that that’s not the only criminality in his worthless life.

 Posted by at 11:23 am
Jul 292015
 

The latest in Newspeak from some of the Junior Diversity Fascists at the University of New Hampshire (note that the actual administration of the University seems to be trying to separate themselves from this):

Bias-Free Language Guide

UPDATE: It looks like those who would censor speech and thought have themselves been censored. The “Guide” has been scrubbed from the UNH website. However… the Internet Archive has it recorded for your reading and mocking pleasure.

An integral part of UNH’s mission is to continue to build an inclusive learning community, and the first step toward our goal is an awareness of any bias in our daily language. As we begin to understand bias, we explore the truths of hierarchy and oppression. When we free ourselves of bias, we are thus affirming identities that differ from our own.  When we do not affirm another person’s identity, we are characterizing an individual as “less than” or “other”. This makes them invisible, and for some, it feels like a form of violence.

This guide is meant to invite inclusive excellence in our campus community. Each step of inclusion moves us closer to a full democracy. The text was prepared for faculty, staff and students of the UNH community to encourage the full range of contributions that we offer as individuals and members of various groups. The guide presents practical revisions in our common usage that can make a difference and break barriers relating to diversity.

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Micro-assault, verbal attack

Example: “Dogs smell funny” to a blind person using a guide dog.

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Micro-invalidation, degrading a person’s wholeness through making false assumptions about the other’s ability, causing a sense of invalidation.

Example: “The new international student is having language challenges.”  (More appropriately, we would say that the new international student is concentrating on learning a new language.)

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Glossary of Language

Preferred
: people of advanced age, old people*
Problematic/Outdated: older people, elders, seniors, senior citizen

Preferred: person who lacks advantages that others have, low economic status related to a person’s education, occupation and income
Problematic: poor person, person from the ghetto

Preferred:  person of material wealth
Problematic: rich

Preferred: people of size
Problematic/Outdated: obese*, overweight people

Preferred:  U.S. citizen or Resident of the U.S.
Problematic: American
Note: North Americans often use “American” which usually, depending on the context, fails to recognize South America

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… and so on in that fashion.

Note: this sort of thing does not “offend” me. Instead, I simply view it with amused contempt.

 Posted by at 4:08 pm
Jul 282015
 

This will be fun:

Chief Blackwell on UC officer’s body cam: I’ve seen the video, ‘it is not good’

Apparently one Sam Dubuse (reportedly father of *at* *least* 20 children) was stopped by police officer Ray Tensing. From there it gets fuzzy and contradictory. A claim is that Tensing wound up getting dragged by Dubose’s car. Whatever happened, Dubose was shot dead by Tensing; reports here and there say that Dubose got his face blown off (if this is true, it might indicate that he got shot in the back of the head). Tensing was wearing a body camera which recorded it. The video has not been made public yet, but the universal opinion of those who have seen it can be summed up with “Oh, F……”

Not sure really what the problem is. It might be that it shows the officer doing something Seriously Wrong. Or it might show substantial gore. Or it might be both. In any event, the local government is apparently trying to hold off riots.

 Posted by at 9:37 pm
Jul 282015
 

A video is making the internet rounds that appears to be one thing that turns into another. The first thing: a model is being filmed on a Miami beach for a “fashion shoot.” In the process of this, a boat trundles up to the shore behind the model; the camerawoman turns off the camera because, of course, that’s not the background she wanted. But she turns the camera back on when the invasion force spills off the boat and starts sprinting up the beach. It *appears* that the boat was unloading a fresh supply of illegal aliens.

 Posted by at 8:22 am
Jul 272015
 

First up:

Destroyer USS The Sullivans Damaged After Missile Explodes After Launch

An SM-2 Block III missile went BLAMMO just after launch, setting a fire on the ship.

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Well, that’s embarrassing. But then the Russian Navy (Navy Day in Sevastopol) is not to be outdone:

Looks like the solid rocket boosters for an SS-N-14 “Silex” torpedo-carrying missile broke away just a little early.

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 Posted by at 9:34 am
Jul 262015
 

A follow-up to the earlier photo set of Burans at Baikonur left to rot: a full -scale mockup of the Energia-M launcher. The Energia-M was a planned smaller two-booster version of the four-booster Energia used to launch the Buran orbiter… and, like the Buran orbiters, it has been left in place and is slowly rusting away.

Booster Energy-M and its last home

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 Posted by at 9:45 am
Jul 232015
 

One of the excuses given for the invasion and appropriation of eastern Ukraine and Crimea was that there are neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Sure, there are. It’s bizarre, but there are. But “you’ve got Nazis” is an odd excuse from Russia, given this…

Russian ‘Miss Charming’ loses title after being exposed as neo-Nazi

The Nazis wanted to exterminate the bulk of the Russians, and turn a few survivors into serfs and “museum Fremen.” Why Russians would want to join the Hitler fan club… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

 Posted by at 7:28 pm
Jul 232015
 

I saw this in a store a few days ago. It made me laugh and go “ugh” simultaneously.

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If you were offended by the Confederate Losers Flag, what would be the chances you’d be interested in buying any “Dukes” merchandise in the first place? If you weren’t offended, would this censorship increase you interest in the product?

It appears that this isn’t just an issue of the box art; a flag decal isn’t included with the kit.

 Posted by at 6:22 am
Jul 202015
 

SpaceX Rocket Explosion Likely Caused by Faulty Strut, Elon Musk Says

It seems that a steel strut holding a high pressure helium tank within the liquid oxygen tank broke due to a manufacturing flaw. The helium tank broke loose and overpressurized the LOX tank,causing it to burst.

The Dragon capsule survived to splashdown. however, it wasn’t programmed to pop its chute, so it hit the ocean at high velocity. The next Dragon capsule will have a software update that will allow it to self-recover in the event of another launch vehicle failure.

 Posted by at 9:47 pm