Archive for February, 2007

Personal Stuff On Blogs

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Is personal stuff on blogs “oversharing”? Ace thinks so:

One thing I agree with: The personal stuff on blogs? I know a lot of people consider blogs to be partly a personal journal, but I’ve always had a major “ick” reaction to that. Not just Sullivan’s beagles, boyfriend, and bronchitis stuff, but personal stuff from anyone.

Who cares?

I try to avoid that myself under the “who cares” principle.

I guess a lot of people do care, but it always seemed like oversharing to me.

So what of it, do you like when bloggers share personal stuff or is it “oversharing”?

Should bloggers share personal stuff?
Yes
No
Sometimes (comment below)
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Germany: State Determinism

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

The notion of individual liberty is not German. Can you imagine a 16 year old being forcibly taken from parents because they home school? This case is disturbing on so many levels. The Dr. Speak is what bothers me the most. Can’t you just hear the soothing tones of a superior cooing about what is good for you? Check out the doctor’s notes.

No I.Q. tests, no physical symptoms, she is healthy and fine, but this is what the Doctors say:

Melissa Busekros was examined by us. She has a childhood emotional disorder, severe school phobia and an oppositional denial-syndrome. Melissa lacks insight into her illness and the need for treatment, and considers herself healthy and her behaviour fully normal. M. needs urgent help in a closed setting if need be, and subsequent special education treatment to ensure schooling.

As it isn’t furthermore not possible for the parents to judge the danger to their daughter correctly, and make the necessary decisions about the daughter’s further development or the type and length of the treatment and the schooling, the responsibility for her residence, healthcare and representation before officials and authorities should rest with the youth welfare office in Erlangen.

By reason of the ascertained findings, at the present moment, we must proceed from the assumption that the child’s welfare is endangered and also the conditions for inpatient placement a therapeutic special education facility are met. By reason of the severity of the symptomatology, the provision of stable and dependable contacts with peers and adult caretakers as well as the development of Melissa’s very limited mental ability to cope with pressure can only be assured in such facilities.
M. is incapable of leading the self-determined and self-structured life she wishes. The necessary measure is necessary for avoiding a considerable endangerment to her further physical and emotional development, and it can only be implemented in a special education setting, as previous experience shows that she whould avoid other measures.
In addition, M. needs professional child and adolescent psychiatric treatment and care, that can be implemented in an outpatient setting. By reason of the detected clinical-psychiatric disorders, Melissa Busekros’ psychological health has already deviated from the condition which is typical for the respective age for at least one year. M. has met the requirements for granting integration assistance as per (SGB VIII) §35a, section 1, sentence 2, No. 1, because without future professional therapeutic help there is the danger that her participation in the life of society is restricted.

Her psychological health has deviated from the condition which is typical for the respective age for at least one year? Does that mean she is immature emotionally, developmentally by a year? These pictures surely demonstrate a deranged family.

Paul Belian points to this Washington Times op-ed. Read the whole thing. In case you’re not absolutely convinced that Europe and America have entirely different notions of what democracy, freedom, etc. really mean, here is evidence.

Home-schooling has been illegal in Germany since Adolf Hitler outlawed it in 1938 and ordered all children to be sent to state schools. The home-schooling community in Germany is tiny. As Hitler knew, Germans tend to obey orders unquestioningly. Only some 500 children are being home-schooled in a country of 80 million. Home-schooling families are prosecuted without mercy.
Last March, a judge in Hamburg sentenced a home-schooling father of six to a week in prison and a fine of $2,000. Last September, a Paderborn mother of 12 was locked up in jail for two weeks. The family belongs to a group of seven ethnic German families who immigrated to Paderborn from the former Soviet Union. The Soviets persecuted them because they were Baptists. An initiative of the Paderborn Baptists to establish their own private school was rejected by the German authorities. A court ruled that the Baptists showed “a stubborn contempt both for the state’s educational duty as well as the right of their children to develop their personalities by attending school.”

And here, according to World Net Daily, is the German state’s solution:

German authorities who sent 15 uniformed police officers to take custody of a 15-year-old girl who committed the crime of being homeschooled now have suggested a solution that, in their minds, would “resolve” the situation: the parents should give up custody of their other five children.

Totalitarianism begins with indoctrinating children, as Hitler well knew.

In 1937, the dictator said, “The Youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”

“It is beyond belief that Germany is still enforcing a law that was written for one reason only – to be used by Hitler to control and indoctrinate German youth. It had no other redeeming value,” said Shoshona Bat-Zion on a homeschoolers’ blog.

And here is why U.S. homeschoolers should be concerned:

A Democrat Senate and a Democrat president could ratify U.N. treaties such as the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, or the European Convention on Human Rights, which is an offshoot of the U.S. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

That is the foundation being cited by the German government to ban homeschooling entirely, and to indoctrinate public and private school students into a sexualized, socialist society.

More information at the links, should you like to act.



Anna Might Have Died From Pneumonia

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

In Chinese Medicine, the main emotion associated with the lungs is grief. Anna Nicole was certainly a lady of many sorrows. She suffered with pneumonia right after her son died, too.

Reminds me of Christopher Reeve’s wife Dana who died of lung cancer even though she never smoked.



China & Iran Cause Worries

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

According to this. The money quote:

Investors have also seen an unusually fast decline into disarray and outright incompetence by the new Democrat-led Congress. After years of criticizing President Bush, the Democrats have displayed a frightening lack of concern for America’s security — reminding everyone they’re still the party of Jimmy Carter.

So Iran, China, global security, stupid Democrats, debt, potential recession, and everything Mama talks about all the time and I still don’t understand, combine to make investors nervous.



Hillary (Will Not) Go Away

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Should we get used to Hillary? Yes, I think we should. Much as pardon troubles and Obama troubles and donor troubles and financial faux pas (don’t forget past campaign problems that will sprout again) and her husband’s sleaze and greed plague her, Hillary is here to stay. She is nothing if not driven and there is, alas, a certain inevitability to Hillary.

Why do I say this? I believe that a lot of American women want a woman President and will take her no matter what. The cynical, “well, they’re all corrupt anyway” will go part of the way to dismiss concerns about Hillary’s situational ethics. Only true believers will abandon Hillary on principle and there aren’t enough of those on the left to outweigh the average woman’s decision. Women want to see a woman in charge. Women go to work, bring home the bacon and run their home lives, they are sick of going to church to be preached at by a man and they are sick of being bossed by male politicians. This emotional undercurrent already sways national politics.

While researching this topic, I stumbled over a great piece by David Frum at the American Enterprise Institute called Remember Soccer Moms? He says:

Clinton’s achievement is not unique. Similar trends could be seen in every advanced democracy, often even more dramatic trends. In the United Kingdom, for example, women had strongly backed the Conservatives in every election since 1945, while men almost equally strongly backed Labour. In the 1980s, that old preference reversed itself (ironically under a female prime minister).

Political scientists offer many explanations for women’s move to the left and men’s move to the right. Female workers are much more likely to hold public sector jobs than male workers, and the left is the party of the public sector. Parties of the left recoil more from war and conflict than parties of the right, and that too appeals to women voters. Women live longer than men and so end up depending more on government-provided health services. You can probably add half a dozen explanations of your own.

All the fawning press over Nancy Pelosi’s historic rise to power should serve as a harbinger of things to come. While Democrats are sick of Hillary and Bill, or more specifically, sick of giving them all this money and getting no love in return, they will rally behind her to be part of history. Obama has given them an alternative, but can he win the presidency? No. The public griping, the money to Obama before the primaries send Hillary a message: Don’t forget who took care of you.

Don’t worry, she won’t. She will grit her teeth and through them make Lincoln bedroom promises and play Fleetwood Mac music. The taste…. that luscious taste… What is it again? Oh yes, it’s power. Hillary has it via Bill already and she holds the promise of it tomorrow. For women, the power is symbolic. For leftists, the power will be real. And Barack Obama will make a fine Vice President.



God’s Beauty

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

I’m sitting here in my office (warm and inviting), in front of my iMac (marvel of technology), with a cool breeze blowing through my windows. It is sixty-six degrees and clear and gorgeous. And this night reminds me of why I live in Houston. Temperate loveliness, in February, give me soul-satisfying pleasure after growing up in gray, damp, slippery, frigid Michigan. Tonight is bliss. God is great!

With all the silliness in the political world, with all the meanness and wrongness on the nightly news, with all the injustice that passes for fairness, it’s nice to sit and enjoy the perfection that is right here.

I think this night calls for a song. This song reminds me of a plane trip to California when I was a kid. 1977, I think. My brother was two and was a round, blond boy with blue-berry eyes and pink cheeks. Dizzy Gillespie was on the flight and bugged his eyes and blew out his cheeks to my brother who did the same back to him. Everyone was delighted. What a nice man and fantastic musician!



Duke (non) Rape Case STILL Not Over But More Bombshells

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Blogged a few hours too soon, evidently. More defense motions revealing more un-friggin-believable evidence. Mike Nifong belongs in jail, now. Charles Johnson reports this:

Today’s defense motion also provides a statistical summary of the Meehan test results:

A collective review of all materials provided to the Defendants and information obtained by the Defendants about DNA Security’s work shows that at least 12 of the 22 rape kit DNA extractions—in other words, over half of them—contained male DNA that did not match the Defendants. [emphasis in original]
How is it possible that this case is still ongoing, and that a criminal investigation of Nifong has not been opened in its stead?

And just this morning, I said this:

Yes, this case drags on and on and on. How much time do the new prosecutors need to look at the evidence? It needs to be OVER. Every minute that passes means more anguish on the part of the real victims.

You know how Saddam Hussein received the benefit of an elaborate trial, lawyers lost their lives defending this genocidal maniac, judges were threatened, and everyone on God’s green earth knew he was a murderous scumbag? That, my friends, is not justice. It’s moral masturbation. All the civilized Westerners can feel good about themselves, “the process”, humanity, posterity, blah, blah, blah. It is ridiculous and makes a mockery of a basic, innate sense of fairness. It is the equivalent of giving the bully who beat the baby senseless, time to “share his feelings” so no one feels bad about himself when there were witnesses to the thuggery and everyone knows the kid is a spoiled, mean-spirited brat.

The Duke case traverses this same road, but to a different end. In this case, every rational, sane person knows that these guys are innocent. Now we have more DNA to prove it. And prove it. And prove it. And prove it. What, exactly, are the new investigators investigating? Holy hell, there is more evidence proclaiming innocence and no one seems the least bit concerned at the cost, trauma and holding pattern that is these three defendants lives.

The new investigators threaten to make a new mockery of justice with every passing day. This is not meticulous brain surgery. Why are they treating it thusly? Hmmm…. Now, there’s a question, ‘eh? Why would the prosecutors office, draped in Nifong shame, continue this sham?

  1. Political backlash–when this is over the pot-bangers are gonna be angry.
  2. Law suits–when this is over everyone, Duke, the police, Mike Nifong, the whole of North Carolina will be going on trial and deserve every cotton-pickin’ minute of it.
  3. Pretending at fairness–giving the evidence the weight it deserves.

I’m just guessing here. Really, I don’t care. It’s done. Time’s up, investigators. The jig is up. Over. Finito. Let these people go, to get on with their lives. Every day that passes, they live in a prison of Mike Nifong’s making. And the new investigators are aiding and abetting the criminal that is Nifong by continuing this sham.

Stop the madness.



Yay! Vice President Cheney Almost Was Killed!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

We are progressive leftists who love, love, love our enemies!

“You ever see “M*A*S*H”? I wrote that shit, people. So when I tell you that Cheney is a legitimate war criminal—and so an understandable target for an assassination attempt, however deplorable we in the West may find such things—I have, like, 9 freakin’ seasons of Emmy-winning TV to back me up on that.”

That Jeff Goldstein sure doesn’t understand us, does he? Doesn’t he get satire? I mean, really.



Customer Service: Part II

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

You know how I talked about customer service the other day? As usual, on this alternate sphere, someone says it better. Over at Passionate Users go see the funniest visual representation of the problem.

Beforeandaftercustomerservi

Most companies would never outsource their sales reps, but we all know what happens with most tech support.
Most companies would never make a brochure with the same (lack of) quality in the product manual.
Most companies would never make their main website as uninviting as the tech support site.

Not all companies make their product difficult, but you should see the booklet that came with the Digital Cable remote. Mind numbing and confusing all wrapped up in one bland package.



Iraqis Cooperating With Troops, Tide is Turning

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

More Iraq good news via Gateway Pundit:

Haider Ajina comments:

Operation enforce the law is so far going better than expected and appears to continue this way. I spoke to my father in Baghdad, he said that the street is very impressed by the operation and receiving much cooperation from the people. They have done in four days what we thought would take them over a month.

Shiites love the Americans and want them stay to help the Iraqi security stand on its feet he said.

He also told me the street knows that Iran is no great friend of Iraq. Reading the PM, Al-Maliki, order the soldiers to respect the rights of the individual is still amazing to me. What large difference from just four short years ago!

I am not worried about my family from the security forces; I am only worried about them from the terrorists. Before we liberated Iraq the security forces were who worried me. This is the same sentiment my family has in Baghdad and Nejef. They now trust and look to the security forces for help. What a turn around, and all squarely due to our training of these new Iraqis and the Iraqi’s willingness to learn and serve.

There have been problems with some of the security personnel and most of those are being and have been addressed, as is evident from the PM’s directive of nondiscrimination and no favoritism. The support of the average citizen in Baghdad for this operation is nothing short of remarkable. Of course, this only comes if the citizens feel safe tipping off the Iraqi security forces. This also shows that the terrorists are loosing much of their support base in Iraq.

Regards,
Haider Ajina

Old, boring cliché: Success breeds success.

(By the way, do you like the accent? I just FINALLY learned how to use them from my friend who knows some Spanish. I’m not very technologically advanced.)