Monday, April 14, 2008

Pro-gun, pro-peace and anti-militarism at home and abroad
Steve Sailer via Joshua Snyder on a racial aspect of white liberals’ anti-gun stance (they really fear blacks and thus believe their holy mother the state should disarm those people; the pro-gun folk in Deer Hunter country might not)
Of course, the Just War Doctrine articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church acknowledges the existence of “legitimate defense by military force,” ruling out pacifism as anything other than a personal option. What follows will be some thoughts on what constitutes “legitimate defense by military force” not from a Catholic perspective but from an American one.

et al. would have been hanged at Nuremberg.
— Joshua
The demise of the militia and rise of a standing army would spell the end of freedom and liberty.
— America’s founding fathers

Pope rebuffs US president
Evviva il Papa. It’s only meet and right so to do as after all Mr Bush and his minders have blown him off. Only yesterday I was saying I hoped he’d do something like this (only more, literally speaking out against the Iraq war to Bush’s face), as unlike the Queen he has the freedom to do that (part of having real power), and celebrate Mass wearing a fiddleback chasuble and facing east in a big American cathedral, perhaps in the world’s capital, New York (and while I’m at it why not add Solemn Vespers instead of the late JPII’s rock-concert style?).

Also, his opposition to euthanasia is not only doctrinal, having run across Nazi eugenics personally. (Yes, I know it’s from Lifesite.)

Stuff White People the Upper Middle Class Like

Sometimes a picture really does speak a thousand words

Knowing what’s best for everybody else, knowing your culture better than you do and loving humanity but hating people
Couldn’t he have picked on someone his own size, or at least his own sex? I feel the need to apologize to that serene little Chinese woman, whose only crime is loving her country. What does that man love? Would he love his own country? Does he really love Tibet? Or does he love some abstraction based on a collective fantasy? Or does he merely love the way he feels venting his “righteous” anger, the cause du jour being only secondary? Pathetic.
The hippies’ good points

Why Americans are tuning out Iraq
It would take another column to list all the movies and TV shows about Iraq that have gone belly up at the box office or in Nielsen ratings in the nearly four years since the war’s only breakout commercial success, Fahrenheit 9/11.

The simple explanation for why we shun the war is that it has gone so badly. But another answer was provided in the hearings by Senator George Voinovich of Ohio, one of the growing number of Republican lawmakers who no longer bothers to hide his exasperation. He put his finger on the collective sense of shame (not to be confused with collective guilt) that has attended America’s Iraq project.

No new taxes, no draft, no photos of coffins, no inconveniences that might compel voters to ask tough questions. This strategy would have worked if the war had been the promised cakewalk. But now it has backfired. A home front that has not been asked to invest directly in a war, that has subcontracted it to a relatively small group of volunteers, can hardly be expected to feel it has a stake in the outcome five stalemated years on.

The prevailing verdict on the Petraeus-Crocker show is that it accomplished little beyond certifying President Bush’s intention to kick the can to January 2009 so that the helicopters will vacate the Green Zone on the next president’s watch. That’s true.
Joshua, who lives in South Korea, often questions why that country, with the world’s twelfth largest economy, remains an American protectorate after six decades.

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