Friday, September 18, 2009

Obama on Education

From Reason today (H/T: NRO):

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Problem For Muslims and the West

I stumbled across this passage while reading The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman (a book filled with both insight and naivety). He quotes Theodore Dalrymple writing in the Spring 2004 edition of City Journal:

" . . . the problem is that so many Muslims want both stagnation and power: they want a return to the perfection of the seventh century and to dominate the twenty-first, as they believe is the birthright of their doctrine, the last testament of God to man. If they were content to exist in a seventh-century backwater, secure in a quietist philosophy, there would be no problem for them or us; their problem, and ours, is that they want the power that free inquiry confers, without either the free inquiry or the philosophy and institutions that guarantee that free inquiry. They are faced with a dilemma: either they abandon their cherished religion, or they remain forever in the rear of human technical advance. Neither alternative is very appealing, and the tension between their desire for power and success in the modern world on the one hand, and their desire not to abandon their religion on the other, is resolvable for some only by exploding themselves as bombs. People grow angry when faced with an intractable dilemma; they lash out."

Monday, September 14, 2009

More On Death Panels

Mere Comments breaks it down. Basically, if doctors think you look like you're dying (even if you're not really so close) they put you on the "pathway" to a painkiller-induced death. It's like the old Monty Python gag: "I'm getting better!" "You'll be stone cold dead in a moment." "I feel happy--I fell happy--" THUD. "He died . . . "

This doesn't happen because bureaucrats hate old people (not most of them anyway). It happens because no government on the face of the planet can afford to pay for every person's end of life care. Costs have to be trimmed just to keep the program afloat. These choices are tricky for individuals, too, but I'd still rather have my family make the tough call rather than my government. I bet you would, too.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

9/12 - The Biggest Tea Party Yet!

Michelle Malkin reports the turnout in Washington, D.C., at around 2 million! The mall is PACKED! This video (from Malkin's site) gives you a good idea of how it went.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Universal Health Care = Pro-Death

At least that's how it works in the UK. Arbitrary government guidelines dictate at what point a person deserves treatment. This story tells about how doctors are pressured to end medical care for the elderly. Another story recounts the tragic death of a premature baby because he was born a mere two days before the government standard for treatment. We must not let this happen in our country!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Death Panels

. . . in the UK. It really does work that way--and how could it not?

Also, in an unrelated note, September 8 is an official skip day for those of you who send your kids to government schools. Yet another opportunity to protest high-handed, liberal indoctrination. Of course, my kids skip every day and thus avoid even the low-handed variety.