Saturday, November 22, 2014

Jimmy's Corner

A fine establishment where you can get a drink and it's New York, and you can hear people talking. Very refreshing.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Free speach is only acceptable if it is the right speach

I would’ve thought that the one place in Britain where you could agree to disagree amicably would be Oxford University. But I was wrong. For instance, I’ve discovered that you’re only allowed to debate abortion there if a) you’re a woman and b) you’re all for it. Any other approach to the subject is liable to attract a mob….
One hopes that at some point we stop paying for people to spend four years in an echo chamber being told how great they are.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Secure Messaging Scorecard

Handy for those who want to chat without the gov't listening in on you.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dignity is what you make of it

Brittany Maynard bought into the lie of far too many in our age: that hers would be a "sensible and admirable" death with dignity.

What, and my Mom didn't die with dignity? Just because she didn't choose to avoid the loss of her hair, the pain, the suffering, the crumbling of her insides?

Saying that Brittany Maynard chose to "die with dignity" insults every person who's ever fought to live through cancer or any illness, and lost that fight. It implies that my Mom was less than dignified in her death.

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Be for something, not against something

Especially in the culture wars.
There are only two apostles who follow Christ as far as the High Priest's courtyard, and only one who goes all the way to the foot of the cross. Keep in mind, these 12, they are Christ's hand-picked men. When the only Begotten Son of God, infinitely wise, reader of men's hearts, was able to choose the cream of the crop to be the original priests in his church, these are the men He chose. This was the night of their ordination, when Christ has prayed for them and interceded for them and sweated blood for them. This is as good as good as it gets. If you are ever alarmed by the state of the church, remember: this was how she was on the night of her birth.

Now, some of the people in the church today are heroically faithful, persevering in hope, willing to follow Christ to Calvary and to stand there, keeping vigil beside Him as He dies. I have nothing to say to those people, because they are better than me. I am a somewhat befuddled ex-Culture Warrior. I drew my sword. I lopped off some ears. I became angry and discouraged when I realized that this was not what Christ wanted of me, and I have certainly made my denials. I'm Peter. Anyone who is engaged in the Culture Wars is Peter.
Don't be Peter.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

The first 386 memory manager has been rediscovered

I find this endlessly interesting. You, probably not so much.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

I think I see your problem here with the Church

People are upset about parish reorg. Legit. But this:
Robert J. Corti, 64, whose family has been baptized in Our Lady of Peace for generations, said it was folly for church officials to think that people with a deep emotional attachment to a parish would simply transfer their allegiance, and donations, to another. Like many Catholics at churches facing uncertain futures, he said he did not know where he would go if his beloved church closed.
Your allegiance is supposed to be to Christ, no? Or if I may quote 1 Cor 1:13,
Is Christ divided? Was Paul then crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
Yeah, don't worry about it. All of the baptisms are the same.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pro-choice thinking about pro-life

The article from Secular Pro-Life itself is fairly interesting, but this comment gets to the heart of the issue, and the same applies to each side thinking about the other, often.
It reminds me of a few weeks back, on Atheist analysis, when they had Emily Letts and others in for discussion. Emily rattled off a list of things she thought the pro-life movement was: anti-sex, slut shaming, woman hating, promoting gestational slavery, not compassionate, etc. She said (paraphrased) that she couldn't understand why anyone who cared about people could possibly be against abortion, but that she was certain that her own video, along with other actions, were going to turn our cultural sentiment.

This flabbergasted me. You don't know why people hold the beliefs they do, but you think to be able to convert them? There is no doubt that the pro-life movement has individuals that express each of those elements, but the strongest glue that holds the vast majority of pro-lifers together is respect for the life of the individual. I wanted say, I get it. I get that she didn't think the fetus had any moral worth. I get the fact that many pro-choicer activists barely even think of the fetus when it comes to abortion, either because they rationalize that it is not human, or they rationalize that physical dependence in this one case only warrants the withholding of rights. I understand that concept. But take away that premise for a moment, since most people, even many people who fall on the pro-choice side, recognize the humanity of a fetus. You are never going to get an overwhelming majority of people be okay with a carte blanche power to kill their fellow human beings at will. You may be able to carve out exceptions that most are comfortable with. Many less active pro-choicers are pro-choice not because they love abortion, but because they fear a greater evil by poorly developed and implemented policies that fail to have the flexibility needed for special cases (and I'm very sympathetic to that stance!). But you are never ever going to get a vast majority of people to hold the view that killing a large swath of human beings without some sort of checks or oversight is okay. Because people like Emily Letts do not understand that, they will fail in their mission.

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Good reasons to call the female genetalia by the correct name.

MSFW. Call a spade a spade, and a vulva a vulva. That's my policy and I'm sticking to it.

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