Saturday, January 30, 2010

"Pro-lifers" Are Hypocrites

Hypocrisy and inconsistency are prevalent in today's world but the so-called "pro-lifers" are the biggest hypocrites of them all. Every Friday morning on my way to work, I drive past a group of picketers holding signs with messages against abortion, some containing extremely graphic depictions of the aborted fetuses, and others with the words "support life" or some variation thereof.

I don't have a problem with people wanting to support the unborn life of a child, and I certainly don't take issue with their right to peaceably assemble, provided they are not trespassing on private property. And I also think that being "pro-life" is a commendable position if applied consistently.

This is in no way a debate about the specific topic of abortion as too often people get caught up in the minutia of the details and lose sight of the big picture. I've come to this conclusion by critically looking at the issue of abortion and recognizing that certain people are always going to be "pro-life" and certain people are always going to be "pro-choice". The mere fact that the factions of support on both sides are so evenly distributed, one can conclude there is not a clear cut moral absolute when it comes to determining the beginning of life.

Contrast this divide to the practically unanimous moral conclusion that murder outside the womb is wrong and should not be tolerated. This should be the focus of the "pro-lifers" because the audience has overwhelmingly accepted that premise and no further effort need be exerted in the attempt of that persuasion.

So why don't more "pro-lifers" support the lives of Iraqis and Afghans?
How many of these picketers set down their aborted fetus sign and pick up a peace sign on their way to a war protest?

It doesn't take an unreasonable level of assumption to conclude there's a strong correlation between those self described as "pro-life" and those who support the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and wherever else the US military holds occupation. This logic holds true with the subject of torture, about which I have previously written.

Where are the prominent "pro-life" leaders denouncing the mass killing done at the hands of the US government and its military? Why don't the Iraqis and Afghans get the same support as the fetuses? Do "pro-lifers" also support foreign fetuses?

As is the case with most collectivist-minded simpletons, thoughtless decisions are made based on groupings and borders, and those who reside on the "wrong" side of those borders are just "out of luck", I guess. So the lesson that must be learned is this: if you want to be protected by the "pro-lifers", don't reside on the wrong side of a womb wall or the wrong side of the United States border.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

TSA Agent Played "Trick" on Passenger

Rebecca Solomon, a 22-year-old student at the University of Michigan, was the victim of a prank by a TSA thug in the Philadelphia airport last December after he planted and pulled a plastic bag of white powder from her carry-on.

Of course, privacy law prevents the identification of this TSA menace or the alleged discipline he might have received, according to regional TSA spokesbureaucrat, Ann Davis.

Again, one of the many downsides of being a "have-not" in a world full of protected Federal "haves" armed with guns and badges. I'm sure Rebecca feels protected and served.

This is what is to be expected when you have Federal bureaucrats charged with the important task of airport security. Naturally, they have no incentive to actually protect the public from dangerous people, because, like all government programs, the lower the performance, the higher the budget. But at least they get paid to have fun and play pranks at the airport at the expense of the unwitting passengers, right?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy Martin Luther King Day

My respect for Dr. King has increased greatly over the years as I have learned what this man accomplished using non-violent means. For those who say that you must only lobby congress to change harmful laws, look at how Dr. King and his followers were able to expose the discrimination authorized by the law using civil disobedience. Would the civil rights movement have gained any traction or accomplished any real change if Dr. King simply wrote his congressman to beg for the metaphorical whippings to stop? Though Dr. King did have his faults, he should be commended for not bowing down to the establishment and using non-violent noncompliance to achieve his goals.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

American Needle vs NFL

Here is some good commentary by Skip Olivo regarding the case of American Needle vs the NFL.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Audio Blog - Jan 10th

New to the site is an audio blog. Click the following links to listen to the first episode from Jan 10th with Jake and Jason. Topics include wars, underwear bomber, our political journeys, and patriotism.

Part 1 (20 min)

Part 2 (20 min)

Part 3 (25 min)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Subtitle On This Site

The original subtitle of this blog read "A look at the absurdity of our elected and unelected leaders."

But then I realized this phrase contains two inexcusable errors. First, I fell into the very common collectivist trap with my usage of the word our. I didn't elect these tyrants and judging by the typical voter turnout, neither did the majority of the people. So how can they be our leaders?

Now let's address the term leader. According to, a leader is "a person or thing that leads." Lead is defined "to go before or with to show the way." This term is more aptly definitive of one who attracts respect and followers by using persuasion which in turn commands voluntary acquiescence.

Contrarily, the term government is defined as "the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states." Using this definition, one need not possess any real leadership skills, only a demented desire to control others using force and coercion. In other words, a "mobster".

Therefore, effectively immediately, the new subtitle of this blog will be a personal quote: "The problem with giving the state arbitrary power is they wield their power arbitrarily."

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Mike Birbiglia - Deck Accomplished

Here is a hilarious clip by comedian Mike Birbiglia about the absurd Bush (now Obama) propaganda with regard to the war(s) and supporting the troops.
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Illinois Residents Now Have 270+ More Laws To Follow

I'm sure that the residents of Illinois now feel safer, since, as we all know, writing words on paper creates reality. People's behavior can immediately and systematically be altered by the mere stroke of a bureaucrat's pen. It's magic!

Friday, January 1, 2010

American Troops Accused of Killing Afghan Civilians, Including Children

Move along people. Nothing to see here. The US military members are the good guys. They're the guys wearing the white hats, right? I mean, they wouldn't act like a bunch of barbaric, maniacal animals, would they?