Thursday, June 30, 2005


It's fox-bee and camel-fly. They're a little like frog-bird and flower-snail.

It seems that you never can tell what Nature may select by her natural selections because like the evolutionists say, all natural categories to be found in Life can be merged back to their common ancestor in a primordial pool. There's camel-fly, at rest on a plant.

I bet you can't tell who the common ancestor of this little fellow is.

"Don't look at me." says dogman....

Why it doesn't happen:

...specially shaped protein on the egg. No foreigners are allowed; a wrong species’ sperm would waste an egg. Only if the match is proper can the sperm force its way in, and fertilization occur. A new potential life is under way. Entrance of the sperm stimulates calcium ion channels in the egg’s wall to open. This immediately closes the egg’s membrane to all other invaders. One is company. Two’s a crowd, genetically speaking. The closure is first induced by a change in the electrical charge across the membrane, and then by a release of a chemical hardener that cross-links the gelatinous outer membrane coating.

The sperm is now within the egg, but it is kept at bay. The egg still has a full set of chromosomes, twenty-three pairs. Half must be discarded. At this stage the egg undergoes meiotic division, division without chromosome replication. Though the egg’s chromosomes are divided equally between the two new cells, as before, almost all the cytoplasm is concentrated in one daughter cell, that which contains the sperm’s nucleus. This done, the sperm and egg each duplicate their respective twenty-three chromatids, motor proteins move the two nuclei together, the nuclear membranes open, and the chromatids mingle, each finding and pairing with its corresponding partner. Spindle fibers and motor proteins then pull one member of each pair to opposite poles, two nuclear membranes form, and mitotic cellular division occurs. Another bio-ballet, a coordinated dance of molecules within the body, has passed. A few days and several further mitotic divisions will go by before this new bit of life reaches the uterus.

At this point, one has to bend over backward to accept that all of these necessary and interwoven steps have evolved randomly. There are only two forms of reproduction, mitosis and meiosis. There are no intermediate forms visible in nature. Yet somehow, according to evolutionists, a batch of lucky mutations allowed meiosis to blossom on the tree of life.

In human reproduction, meiosis gives way to mitosis, but with an amazing twist to the mitotic principle of daughter cells being replicas of the parent. As the cells divide, some of the daughters discover or interpret how and where to become the cells of a heart, and some a nose or toe. How this miracle of structuring occurs remains a speculative mystery. The knowledgeable differentiation among the newly forming cells appears in principle to be orchestrated by concentration gradients of specific molecules within the cluster of cells, but the wonder of it remains. Who or what supplied the scheme? Wisdom is encoded in the very stuff on which it must act, the blueprint and the builder all in one.
(The Hidden Face of God: Science
Reveals the Ultimate Truth
By Gerald L. Schroeder :77-78)

Fisherman catch and eat fish that scientists were trying to study.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fishermen in northern Thailand have caught the biggest catfish on record -- a 646-pound (293-kg) giant the size of a grizzly bear -- and eaten it, the WWF and the National Geographic Society said on Wednesday. (Continue reading)

The New Thought Police

Modern "liberalism," an example from Europe:

'Brainstorming', the buzzword used by executives to generate ideas among their staff, has been deemed politically incorrect by civil servants because it is thought to be offensive to people with brain disorders.

Instead staff at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) in Belfast will use the term 'thought-showers' when they get together to think creatively. A spokeswoman said: 'The DETI does not use the term brainstorming on its training courses on the grounds that it may be deemed pejorative.'

Sources inside the department said there was concern that the term would cause offence to people with epilepsy as well those with brain tumours or brain injuries.

But the Campaign for Plain English complained that the decision had 'reached the point of real ridicule'.

'You do sometimes wonder if some people haven't got anything better to do with their time,' said spokesman John Wild.

(Now brainstorms are off the agenda
By Henry McDonald, Ireland editor
Sunday June 26, 2005
The Observer )

(The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds, by Tammy Bruce)

Benjamin Franklin, vegetarianism and flatulence

Benjamin Franklin wrote a half-serious letter on the subject of flatulation to the Royal Academy of Brussels. The letter, which was never posted, may be found in the Stevens Collection of the Franklin Mss. at the State Department, Washington, D.C. It reads in part: “He that dines on stale Flesh. . shall be able to afford a Stink that no Company can tolerate; while he that has lived for some time on Vegetables only, shall have that Breath so pure as to be insensible to the most delicate Noses and if he can manage so as to avoid the Report, he may anywhere give vent to his Griefs, unnoticed.”

(Adolf Hitler's Guilt Feelings: A Problem in History and Psychology
By R. G. L. Waite
Journal of Interdisciplinary History,
Vol. 1, No. 2. (Winter, 1971), :236)

If only people didn't discriminate against flatulent people then all would be well, but that's discrimination for you. Do you discriminate against stinky people? Is it not bigotry to discriminate against all stinky people based on the smell of a few?

Word of the day: flat·u·lent Etymology: Middle French, from Latin flatus act of blowing, wind, from flare to blow -- more at BLOW1 a : marked by or affected with gas generated in the intestine or stomach b : likely to cause gas2 : pompously or portentously overblown : INFLATED- flat·u·lent·ly adverb

Wednesday, June 29, 2005


A story of three blind mice who were not very nice...well, being nice isn't everything.
[Three blind brothers] pulled off Mamet-worthy phone cons, employing cell phones, Braille-display computers, ace code-writing skills, and an uncanny ability to impersonate anyone from corporate suits to sex-starved females. [...]
The phone phreakers' term for this is social engineering: using a combination of brains and guile to obtain codes for trespassing into systems to rejigger them via strings of touch-tone code. Combine this talent with supersensitive hearing - the brothers can dissect an international connection the way wine expert Robert Parker pulls notes from a glass of Bordeaux - and you have what BernieS, a legendary phreaker and contributor to the hacking journal 2600, calls "a formidable skill set."

At one point during my visit with the Badirs, I pull out my cell phone and make a call. Before it even connects, Shadde, who is sitting across the room, recites all 12 digits perfectly.

Ramy smiles at the parlor trick. "It used to be disgusting to be blind," he says. "Today, you scare people. You possess skills that those with sight cannot possibly understand."

A small-time hack:

The most popular hack, which works on most models, is the "Instant Walk." Three short clicks, followed by two long, one short, two long, and three short; turn [virtually] any crosswalk signal from "don't walk" to "walk" with a matching change in the traffic signals.

There are other hacks because it is all just machines. But I wouldn't know all that much about these things. I am just a simple fellow.


I don't post about myself much, just windsurfing, the origins of the world and dead dogs coming back to life. But I guess people get curious. Why no close pictures...why?! Very well, I had someone else's digital camera today.

I would have smiled but you should try flashing yourself in the face and see if your eyes stay open. Anyhow, I'm busy fixing a computer now. I don't know what people do to these things, I really don't.

Maybe it's like this: "I think I'll install a little program that changes the mouse to a flower. How cute! ...and now, a little birdie too. What's this AIM, what friendly friends... [Click, click....]" Who can say exactly what happens, it's like a divine mystery....but 11 viruses and 25 pieces of spyware don't come from nothing. That's not the computer I'm fixing now. I guess every computer geek has their stories about people and their computers. One I heard: "Why, one time I was fixing the computer of a graphic artist who had hot swapable harddrives so he could take his work home with him and one day he came in and must've shoved the drive in backwards. Six months of work was on it because he wasn't the type to think to back it up. What an idiot...six months!"

I can imagine that moment for the artist though. "Hey, what just happened...uh, wait a minute...wha....that can't, NO, NOOOOO!!"

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Man without legs runs faster than you or I run with legs, creates questions.

[...]The jaw-dropping performance of a teenage sprinter from South Africa named Oscar Pistorius is raising a question once barely imaginable: can a double-leg amputee run fast enough to qualify for the able-bodied Olympic Games?

And if he did, would he be allowed to compete?

Oddly enough, the first question may be easier to answer: "I have no doubt that Oscar will eventually run fast enough to compete in an able-bodied world championship," says U.S. sprinter Brian Frasure. "He could be ready to qualify for South Africa in time for the 2008 Olympics," Frasure adds, pointing out that Oscar, barely 18, is at least 10 years away from his physical peak. [...]

(Spectrum Online)

Expect more stories like this in the future.

Scientists 'raise the dead' in experiment

...The animals had no heartbeat or brain activity and were classed as being clinically dead.

The saline solution was then replaced with fresh blood and electric shocks were used to restart the heart. The dogs appeared unharmed by their suspension and had suffered no brain damage.

Scientists...hope to use the technique on humans within a year and are in talks with hospitals about trials on trauma patients.

(Daily Mail)

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Troy and the gods...

It befell an adventurous businessman, Heinrich Schliemann,

to dispel the myth and prove that Troy in fact existed. Born in Germany in 1822, he took a job in Amsterdam, mastered several languages, became a wealthy merchant in Russia, and took up archaeology as a serious hobby in Paris. After a divorce he married a Greek girl and moved to Athens; there Greek legends and myths began to guide his archaeological interests. Traveling extensively in the Hellenic zone, he accepted suggestions made by others that a site named Hissarlik at the tip of Asia Minor, on the eastern shores of the Straits of Dardanelles, was the location of ancient Troy.

Financing excavations with his own funds, he oversaw archaeological work at the site for almost two decades, beginning in 1870 until his death in 1890, when the work was continued by his assistant Wilhelm Dorpfeld. Schliemann’s own excavations unearthed several successive levels of occupation at Troy, evidence of the city’s fall at a time correlating with Homer’s tale, and artifacts testifying to the city’s opulence and period. A necklace, tiara, and other royal jewelry named King Priam’s Treasure by Schliemann were gifted by him to his wife to wear in public.

Schliemann’s discoveries at Troy, which he carefully documented and artfully publicized, did not result in the immediate appreciation that he expected. The scholarly establishment resented the intrusion into their realm by a self-appointed archaeologist. Few were ready to part with the notion that Homer’s tale was just a myth. Accusations were made that Schliemann faked evidence, that some artifacts were really from other places. Even when, digging in Greece proper, he proved Homer right by uncovering ancient Mycenae and a royal tomb which he claimed was that of Agamemnon, he was still derided. A golden mask that he suggested was the death mask ofAgamemnon was dismissed as a modern fake. [....]

In spite of all that, many now consider Schliemann the Father of modern archaeology. Archaeologists now retain no doubt whatsoever that the site of Hissarlik is indeed the site of ancient Troy, and that in that respect Homer’s tale was no myth. That Troy was destroyed, in the thirteenth century B.C. by siege and war, is also undisputed, though no one can say nowadays whether it was really about the beautiful Helen—or due to the wish of the god Zeus to lessen Earth’s burden by getting some tribes of Mankind done away with.

Yet that is precisely why I chose to start the Expedition to Turkey with a visit to Troy; for, if Homer was right about there having been a city of Troy, and if Troy was in fact destroyed in a war, and if its treasures matched the Bronze Age period indicated by Homer, why doubt the rest of his tale—that not only men but also gods were involved in the conflict?

As the Expedition took the group to other exciting sites in Turkey, such as those of the Hittites or of Assyrian trading colonies, or to museums where artifacts from those past civilizations are kept, the reference to “gods” in inscribed texts and their depictions in countless monuments were omnipresent. As often as not, the depictions showed the gods as towering over their favored human kings. The gods are distinguished by their horned helmets or other garments or footwear, or by the hieroglyph for “divine” or by the title “god” preceding their personal inscribed names.

To the ancient peoples, the “gods” were real, physically present. Without accepting that, traveling from one archaeological site or museum to another was, I felt, an exercise in futility. Having read my books, my group already knew that all the tales of gods hark back to the millennia-old Sumerian tales of the Anunnaki, "Those who from Heaven to Earth came."

(The Earth Chronicles Expeditions: Journeys to the Mythical Past
By Zecharia Sitchin :7-8)

Ruins of Troy:

Depictions of the gods:

(The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse
By Patrick Heron :92)

Interesting fossils:

The head of a normal size person seems to come to just above the knee of what ancients depicted as "the gods" or perhaps "the giants" that the Israelites were called to kill. David vs. Goliath, etc. But anyway, it seems to me that having an ancient philosopher, historian or other type of scholar write of "the gods" as if they had an impact on their national history and so on would be like a modern historian writing, "Then Superman came down from the sky and decided who would be president..." It is possible that a scholar would write such things if they were taking artistic license. But typically, art goes with art and is easily refuted as a matter of fact instead of being mixed throughout otherwise sound scholarship and history.

Jesus, on a god like lightning:

The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."

He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

Note how he says, " not rejoice that the spirits submit to you..." although he just mentioned real creatures such as snakes and scorpions, literal/physical things. There are those lacking in spiritual discernment who therefore lack any discernment of metaphors who focus on literal/physical snakes and scorpions. That's not what Jesus was saying.

Although biblically, are metaphors literalized sometimes? Of course, as the Word became flesh, it is just that even people who have studied literature, words, writ and law all of their lives may not understand the way in which a line between the Platonic world of the Forms and the literal world may be crossed.

Perhaps those who can transfigure into the "Heaven between heavens..." know more. It would figure that you cannot figure some things out. But it is interesting to think about.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

I'm back.

I haven't given much thought to writing about anything. I'll post tomorrow using something from a book I read on vacation.

(I did write a little on Carl's blog on Gay© politics and public policy because people are typically ignorant about the propaganda that Gay© activists decided to write into cultural scripts.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Monday, June 20, 2005


It got more windy later in the day. No one took picture then though, I asked my sister to take some. I'm surprised she took some of any jumps. She did a good job but there were some jumps that were quite a bit higher.

Sailing in front of the break, the wind is actually blocked by a wave on the backside and then you shoot down the front or carve it with the gust in front of the wave.

That's it for today. I might ask her to take some more pictures but it's probably not going to be windy enough for the ocean the rest of the week. My dad and I got in some good windsurfing, the best he's done yet, on the sound side yesterday. It's smooth sailing there. Then I went in the ocean yesterday and today.


My vacation....

I'm on vacation.

I may get a few posts or pictures in sometime on the laptop.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005


It seems to me that about every other person believes in it. It comes up in my comments sections and various blogs like the Panda's Thumb are virtually devoted to scientism. (Proto-Nazis have gotten especially frantic over the Discovery Institute. Makes me feel like contributing to the Institute...) Typically, there is a myopic lack of historical and philosophical perspective at the root of scientism as well as lack of a focus on empirical facts, logic and evidence. Darwinists are the worst example of it.

Yet it is more than that.

Richard Milton notes:
It seems that when it comes to investigating natural phenomena there is a line that some scientists, for some reason, are unwilling to cross. Equally, it seems that there are some individuals, including very distinguished scientists, who are willing to risk the censure and ridicule of their colleagues by stepping over that mark. This book is about those scientists. But, more importantly, it is about the curious social and intellectual forces that seek to prohibit such research; about those areas of scientific research that are taboo subjects: subjects whose discussion is forbidden under pain of ridicule and ostracism.

It is also about what I believe to be a worrying but well-documented social trend; a trend towards a normalised world view based on a singular model that is derived entirely from the reductionist western scientific viewpoint, and the marginalisation and suppression of any form of scientific dissent or alternative world view.

From the examples given earlier you might imagine that I am speaking historically and that, while the ill-informed people of previous centuries fell into the error of rejecting major discoveries from the worlds of electricity and astronomy, no scientist today would react in such an intemperate, unreflecting way about a matter that must be purely a question of fact. Actually, Faraday and Reichenbach would almost certainly have experienced more difficulty not less in making their voices heard in today’s climate of intolerance.

In March 1989, Professor Martin Fleischmann of Southampton University and Professor Stanley Pons of the University of Utah put a new phrase into the scientific lexicon when they jointly announced the discovery of ‘cold fusion’ — the production of usable amounts of energy by what seemed to be a nuclear process occurring in a jar of water at room temperature.

The reaction to the announcement was almost universally hostile. The two were ridiculed by both the popular and the scientific press, especially Nature magazine. Major institutions who had already spent several billion dollars in pursuit of ‘hot’ fusion — notably Harwell and MIT — announced that Fleischmann and Pons’s results could not be reproduced. When it was discovered that MIT had fudged their experimental results (as described in Chapter 3) they merely amended their conclusion from ‘failure to reproduce’ to ‘too insensitive to confirm’. But by that time the damage had been done: cold fusion had been discredited. No more significant research money was to be granted for cold fusion research and the United States patent office still relies on the MIT findings to reject all patent applications involving cold fusion.

This official position remains despite the fact that, at the time of writing, cold fusion reactions have been reproduced by ninety-two major universities and commercial corporations in ten countries around the world including Stanford Research Institute, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Weapons Centre at China Lake, Naval Ocean Systems Centre, Texas A & M University, California Polytechnic Institute and Japan’s Hokkaido and Osaka Universities.

In many ways cold fusion is the perfect paradigm of scientific taboo in action. The high priests of hot fusion were quick to ostracise those whom they saw as profaning the sacred wisdom. And empirical fact counted for nothing in the face of their concerted derision.
(Alternative Science: Challenging
the Myths of the Scientific Establishment
By Richard Milton :5-6)

Unfortunately, those who believe in scientism almost invariably work their way around to getting State funding, using the State to promote their views and censoring away others. For instance, the Darwinists are using the State to indoctrinate impressionable young minds with frauds and utterly absurd mythological narratives of Naturalism.

(If you believe the Darwinism that you learned in college or highschool, then by all means make your case for Evolution. It's a free forum.)

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Seed of extinct date palm sprouts after 2,000 years

[...]The ancient Hebrews called the date palm the "tree of life" because of the protein in its fruit and the shade given by its long leafy branches. The Arabs said there were as many uses for the date palm as there were days in the year. Greek architects modeled their Ionic columns on the tree's tall, thin trunk and curling, bushy top. The Romans called it Phoenix dactylifera -- "the date-bearing phoenix" -- because it never died and appeared to be reborn in the desert where all other plant life perished.

Now Solowey and her colleagues have brought this phoenix of the desert back to life after 2,000 years. [...])

(continue reading The San Fransisco Chronicle)


Nicolaus Copernicus, Heliocentric Theory of the Solar System:

“How exceedingly vast is the godlike work of the Best and Greatest Artist!”

“The Universe has been wrought for us by a supremely good and orderly Creator.”

Johannes Kepler, Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion:

“Praise and glorify with me the wisdom and greatness of the Creator, which I have revealed in a deeper explication of the form of the universe, in an investigation of the causes, and in my detection of the deceptiveness of sight.”

“God who is the most admirable in his works.. .deign to grant us the grace to bring to light and illuminate the profundity of his wisdom in the visible (and accordingly intelligible) creation of this world.”

Galileo Galilei, Laws of Dynamics, astronomicalconfirmation of the heliocentric system:

“The holy Bible and the phenomena of nature proceed alike from the divine Word.”

Isaac Newton, Optics, Laws of Motion, Gravitation, Newton’s theological writings, running into a million words, far exceeded his scientific output. Below is an excerpt from his classic work,the Principia Mathematica:

"This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. This Being governs all things not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont to be called ‘Lord God’... or ‘Universal Ruler.’... And from his true dominion it follows that the true God is a living, intelligent and powerful Being... he governs all things, and knows all things that are or can be done. He endures forever, and is everywhere present..."

James Clerk Maxwell, Electromagnetism, Maxwell’s Equations:

"One of the severest tests of a scientific mind is to discern the limits of the legitimate application of the scientific method."

"Science is incompetent to reason upon the creation of matter itself out of nothing. We have reached the utmost limit of our thinking faculties when we have admitted that becausematter cannot be eternal and self-existent it must have been created."

"I have looked into most philosophical systems and I have seen that none will work without God."

Lord William Kelvin, Laws of Thermodynamics,absolute temperature scale:

“I believe that the more thoroughly science is studied, the further does it take us from anything comparable to atheism.”

Albert Einstein:

“I have never found a better expression than ‘religious’ for this trust in the rational nature of reality of reality and of its peculiar accessibility to the human mind. Where this trust is lacking science degenerates into an uninspired procedure. Let the devil care if the priests make capital out of this. There is no remedy for that.”

“Whoever has undergone the intense experience of successful advances in this domain is moved by profound reverence for the rationality made manifest in existence...the grandeur of reason incarnate in existence.”

“Certain it is that a conviction, akin to religious feeling, of the rationality or intelligibility of the world lies behind all scientific work of a higher order.. .This firm belief, a belief bound up with deep feeling, in a superior mind that reveals itself in the world of experience, represents my conception of God.”

“I want to know how God created this world... I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.”

Max Planck, father of Quantum Physics:

“There can never be any real opposition between religion and science; for the one is the complement of the other.”

“Religion and natural science are fighting a joint battle in an incessant, never relaxing crusade against skepticism and against dogmatism, against unbelief and superstition... [ therefore] ‘On to God!”

J.J. Thompson, discoverer of the electron:

“In the distance tower still higher peaks which will yield to those who ascend them still wider prospects and deepen the feeling whose truth is emphasized by every advance in science, that great are the works of the Lord.”

Werner Heisenberg, quantum physicist, Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: “In the course of my life I have repeatedly been compelled to ponder on the relationship of these two regions of thought [science and religion], for I have never been able to doubt the reality of that to which they point.”

“Wolfgang asked me quite unexpectedly: ‘Do you believe in a personal God?’.. .‘May I rephrase your question?’ I asked. ‘I myself should prefer the following formulation: Can you, or anyone else, reach the central order of things or events,whose existence seems beyond doubt, as directly as you can reach the soul of another human being. I am using the term ‘soul’ quite deliberately so as not to be misunderstood. If you put your question like that, I would say yes... If the magnetic force that has guided this particular compass—and what else was its source but the central order?—should ever become extinguished, terrible things may happen to mankind, far more terrible even than concentration camps and atom bombs.’”

Arthur Compton, quantum physicist, Compton Effect:

“For myself, faith begins with a realization that a supreme intelligence brought the universe into being and created man. It is not difficult for me to have this faith, for it is incontrovertible that where there is a plan there is intelligence—an orderly, unfolding universe testifies to the truth of the most majestic statement ever uttered—’In the beginning God.’”

Max Born, quantum physicist:

“Those who say that the study of science makes a man an atheist must be rather silly.”

Paul A.M. Dirac, quantum physicist:

“God is a mathematician of a very high order and He used advanced mathematics in constructing the universe.”
(The Wonder of the World: A Journey from
Modern Science to the Mind of God
by Roy Abraham Varghese :103-106)

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Spidy's origins...

They dropped the underarm spider webs later. It was probably a random mutation again.

Claiming Good vs. Evil...

It's ironic, because for all the talk of tolerance in recent times Democrats have framed their rhetoric in terms of Good and Evil. I think that is an honest thing to do, yet in a postmodernist culture it is not going to win. Also, it undercuts the talk of a "tolerant" lack of judgment when you are the one judging Bush as the Great Satan. Democrats tend to snivel about framing things as Good vs. Evil or "That's just too black and white. Why can't you be too stupid to make up your mind about it, like me?" yet they are the ones who have Howard Dean saying things like,

This is a struggle between good and evil and we're the good.
(Dean, February 2005)

Dean may have to learn that while most Democrats like pretending to talk about Bush as the Great Evil, the majority of Democratic voters are only postmodernist pansies at heart.

Dean's latest,

Dean's latest remarks -- made as he trolled California this week, stoking his party's coffers and meeting with grassroots activists as part of a nationwide trip -- could ignite more controversy and reaction from his own party. "You know, the Republicans are not very friendly to different kinds of people. They're a pretty monolithic party. Pretty much, they all behave the same, and they all look the same. ... It's pretty much a white Christian party," [Isn't Dean a white self defined Christian? Sheesh...] the former Vermont governor told a San Francisco roundtable Monday in reaction to a question about the lack of outreach to minority communities by political parties. "Our folks have got to spend time in the communities," he said. "We want a very diverse group of people running for office -- African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos." After the story of Dean's comments broke on, The Chronicle Web site, on Tuesday and was picked up by the Drudge Report, DNC spokesman Josh Earnest scrambled to soften the impact of Dean's comments. While acknowledging that Dean was quoted accurately, Earnest insisted that once again Dean meant to say "Republican leadership." ...For small donors, hearing 'George Bush is bad' is enough," [a key party fundraiser] said. "What I'm hearing very clearly from big donors is: 'Tell me how we'll win.' We need a Democratic National Committee that is convincing white Republican Christians that they should be voting for us -- not vilifying them," said Randlett, who supported Dean for the chairmanship. ...
With that kind of increasing criticism from inside the Democratic Party in recent weeks...Republicans say they couldn't be happier.
According to...FEC filings, the DNC has raised $18.6 million in the first four months of the year -- less than half of the $42.6 million raised by the RNC in the same period.

Dean, whose schedule in San Francisco Monday included the roundtable, a visit to a gay and lesbian house party and a fund-raiser, called the report "total hooey." ...

(The San Francisco Chronicle
NEWS; Pg. A1
HEADLINE: The mouth that won't stop roaring;
Even some Democrats weary of Dean's blunt style
BYLINE: Carla Marinucci)

I would note that Dean represents the liberal base all too well. That is exactly how they tend to shift to identity politics based on ethnicity, religion and race. They still do it even as their base of Victims shrinks. It's not enough, so they add identity politics and victimization scripts based on sexual disorientations into their politics too. Maybe they just like losing. They are also driven and defined by feelings, including hatred.

Dean, January 2005:
I hate Republicans and everything they stand for.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Spanking Illegal In Massachusetts?

Proposed Bill Would Outlaw Corporal Punishment For Children
The measure would prohibit corporal punishment including whipping, spanking and pinching. Also forbidden would be washing a child's mouth out with soap and administering electric shocks.
Those who seek a lack of judgment tend to make associative arguments that blur things in an indiscriminate way. So they lump everything together.

But maybe it is true, eh? I know that when my grandmother washed someone's mouth out with soap she was probably one little step from getting out the electrodes and "administering electric shocks." Yep, it all goes together. Yet I'm surprised that the Leftist nitwits of Massachusetts are not considering a law making "administering electric shocks" to the genitalia illegal too. Because, as you might guess, that is just like any other physical punishment administered to kids.

In related news from Massachusetts,

....students as young as 11 were asked: 'How many oral sex partners have you had.'
...Three boys were charged this week with statutory rape for allegedly asking and receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl. Two juveniles boys were also involved. ...

Said one student about the incident: "I think this is something that's typical of high school. We just don't know about it."

Massachusetts seems to be following the Europeans and if Europe is any measure it will be illegal to raise kids with any sense of limitation taught through physical cause and effect. Such children seem to feel that the chattering of adults about "safe sex" and so on does not refer anything real to them and cannot touch their physical reality. They are untouchable physically and there will never be a physical consequence for their actions.

This is my attitude about nice parents and the cruelty of their vanity:

I've seen far too many anti-spanking parents who, under a thin veneer of civility, spend the whole day hissing and seething at their children, and end up rearing passive-aggressive basket cases.

Anti-spanking parents like to think of themselves as the child-rearing equivalents of horse whisperers -taming their charges without ever laying a finger on them.

But the horse-whispering method is to tie the horse to a long rope and make it run in circles for hours at an end until the horse, in its confusion and exhaustion, puts itself at the mercy of the whisperer. To me, the idea of psychologically wearing your child out on the end of some conceptual rope seems a far crueller-and, in a queue for "same-day travel" at Victoria Station, unrealistically time-consuming-option than a quick, punitive "one-handed clap".
(The Times (London)
July 5, 2004, Monday
SECTION: Features; 16
HEADLINE: It hurts to say it, but I still believe in smacking
BYLINE: Caitlin Moran)

A broad empirical view:

This meta-analysis investigates differences between the effect sizes of physical punishment and alternative disciplinary tactics for child outcomes in 26 qualifying studies. Analyzing differences in effect sizes reduces systematic biases and emphasizes direct comparisons between the disciplinary tactics that parents have to select among. The results indicated that effect sizes significantly favored conditional spanking over 10 of 13 alternative disciplinary tactics for reducing child noncompliance or antisocial behavior. Customary physical punishment yielded effect sizes equal to alternative tactics, except for one large study favoring physical punishment. Only overly severe or predominant use of physical punishment compared unfavorably with alternative disciplinary tactics.
(Comparing Child Outcomes of Physical Punishment
and Alternative Disciplinary Tactics: A Meta-Analysis
By Robert Larzelere; Brett Kuhn
Clinical Child & Family Psychology
Review. Vol 8(1), Mar 2005, pp. 1-37)

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Comics and Movies

Lately the rate at which comic books are being made into movies has been increasing, although that trend goes all the way back to Tarzan king of the jungle moving to the big screen.

I wonder about those who write movie scripts sometimes, as sometimes it seems that they are just plain out of ideas. The amount of comics that have been made into movies is already high but trend of using them for movies will probably continue with recent sucesses, and it's always been easy.

(I expect more biblical narratives to be made into mooovies for the Herd too. Unlike Gibson's movie, they may be made for no other reason than that they make money. I suppose if artists are going to herd the Herd anyway, they may as well use a whip to herd it in the right direction.)

Comics already made into movies:

Batman and assorted characters,

Batman was made into a movie again for this year.

Of course, there is Superman,

There is a movie coming out in 2006 based on Superman again.

Spider man,

Spidy One
Spidy Two
Spidy Three

Daredevil and Elektra

The Hulk,

Also the X-Men and others...but for the sake of dialup users I'll stop. Most of them they did a pretty good job with.

There are some comics that I hope are never made into movies, like SheHulk.

You think that is my best example? Well, I still have Doll Man up my sleave!

Some comics did not survive the translation into movies well,

Some in which the writers seemed to be thinking, "You know, Halle Berry would look good in a cat suit. Well, our script is done..."

Lastly there are some comics that I think would make for a good movie but have not been done. Venom...true, this one is a little dark but could be done better than Spawn. It has a duality to it. It's about an alien symbiote which lives with the guy and while it is somewhat evil both of them come together for the good, usually.

Separation anxiety,

"God help the beast within..."