commented on May Day Reading
> The problem is, not every "self-motivated" person can succeed
Nonsense! We live in a Just World, everybody gets what they deserve, so stop bothering those of us who have proved our worthiness by doing well as if there were something we could or should do about so-called 'problems' so-called 'people' whine about.
Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes.
commented on Mark Driscoll on President Obama's Inauguration
I am again struck by how much, in some ways, I would prefer the Obama that lives in his opponents' heads---contemptuous of Biblical law, hostile to religion, ever seeking to turn us into a largely unarmed social democracy where status rootless cosmopolitan values dominate---to the one we've actually got. At times I'm tempted to think that they're doing it just to frustrate me, but then I remember that to them I and others of a similar humour are of no importance sufficient to that attention.
commented on Christie Has Got Obama's Back, Again
Does American politics have room for two major parties that basically work for the interests of business but are decent-to-good with respect to those social issues about which business, loosely construed, are good or don't care?
Maybe they could make enough difference out of which businesses support which party...or, more optimistically, maybe more centrist Republicans could move the Democrats leftward for sheer brand differentiation's sake.
commented on "Gun advocates want to create a society governed by fear."
There is something in many of us that agrees with Conan and his clones (Grignor, especially) that civilisation is fundamentally dishonest, decadent, effeminate...a world in which only direct physical force and its threat, unmystified by laws and the myriad other social control mechanisms, would be purer, more satisfying, cleaner.
Of course not all, or even most gun owners agree with this, but that population includes a tendency which fears the loss of social controls but cheers it on as the uncovering ('apocálypsis' in Greek) of the true nature of the world, and of manly virtue.
Shorter: there are those who feel that even if our culture could control our violence as well as some others, this would be far less desirable than its being held in check by honest, physical, force.
commented on ...And That Was the Last Anyone Ever Heard of Paul Ryan
>So what's the next thing that Ryan does? Today,
>he voted against the Sandy relief bill.
Well, maybe he's trying to say, 'Yes, we might tax you more, but at least we won't use the money to help out New Yorkers and New Jerseyites.' That might be of some consolation.