Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Today's links

I almost didn’t blog about Newtown. Exhausted after starting to work nights to get my life after newspapers in high gear. Didn’t want to inspire copycats by publishing anything about the shooter, it’s wrong to use this to preach one’s positions, there’s the matter of using someone else’s tragedy to try to look nice when it’s really nothing to do with me and there’s nothing I can do, but the story was too big to ignore. Again, as Dano says, best to be quiet, let the people actually involved grieve, and work on being a better person. Still, I’ll put up a few good links. One thought: I understand the group working hardest to keep guns away from the insane is... the No. 1 gun-safety group, the NRA. (Again, doesn’t fit the narrative.)

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  1. Ireland's recent set of quarrels with the Church, in light of her economic troubles, sounds like a typical case of a corrupt, grossly incompetent government distracting everyone by making pointless and unnecessary gestures of resistance to some faraway group that nobody likes very much anyway. It takes different forms all over the world, but happens everywhere- Muslim politicians in the Middle East who do nothing but add to the poverty and misery around them take time to occasionally denounce America/Zionism/Kafirs/Whatever, while American politicians responsible for nearly bankrupting their country prefer to advocate bombing or assassinating whatever Hitler-of-the-month has everyone currently upset. Politicians love to take advantage of the natural instinct toward tribal unity in face of an external threat, usually by manufacturing the threat.

    (If you are dealing with a REAL external threat, the politicians are often the last people who want to touch it- as Steve Sailer noted when contrasting criticism of the Church with criticism of the Israel lobby, attacking the weak is fun and makes you more popular, while attacking the strong is a great way to get yourself in a lot of trouble).

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  2. ". . . attacking the weak is fun and makes you more popular, while attacking the strong is a great way to get yourself in a lot of trouble)."

    Exactly what a bully does.

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